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Climate Change Forum

Climate Change Forum

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host a Climate Change Forum Thursday, February 24 in the Student Union Cambria Room on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.  The Climate Change Forum (previously known as the Global Warming Solutions Forum) is a community event that engages students, faculty, alumni and the community in a discussion about climate change and how we might reduce its impact or mitigate its effect. 

     The Pitt-Johnstown event will focus on three major issues:  sustainable energy choices, green building technologies, and jobs in the green sector.

     From 10 to 11:50 a.m. representatives will discuss sustainable energy choices.  Speakers include:  Randy Kelley, Pitt-Johnstown assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, discussing “Nuclear Engineering;” Robert Larson, Environmental Asset Management Inc., discussing “Combined Heat and Power;” and Gwendolyn S. Andersen, director of Renewable Energy Center, Saint Francis University, who will speak on “Community Wind Power.”

     From noon to 1:50 p.m. sessions will focus on green building technologies.  Topics include: Theresa Rohall, executive director, ArtWorks Project; Lynn Hocker, president, Whispering Creek Corporate Retreat; Laura Zullo and Melissa Bilec, sustainability committee, University of Pittsburgh, and Kevin Evans (’78), PE, PMP, manager, construction planning and management services, CTC Enterprise Ventures Corporation.

     From 2 to 3:50 p.m. brief overviews and a panel discussion will take place on the subject of green jobs.  Speakers include: Jim Armbrust, (’00), owner, Green Irene in Harrisburg; M. Edward Brandau III (’86), manager of customer support, Penelec; Jon Makowski (’04), national account director, Action Services Group, and Brandi Nagle Robinson (’03), lecturer and advisor, John A. Dutton Education Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

     For additional information, contact Dr. Dennis McNair, Pitt-Johnstown associate professor of biology, 814-269-2907.  Additional is also available online at  The event is free and open to the public.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 2/17/2011 3:00:00 PM