Sustainability Field Conference

With support from our partners, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability hosts a biennial field conference to highlight sustainability related issues in the region. This conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about our region including community members, municipal officials, county planners, conservation practitioners, and university staff, students, and faculty.

Sustainable Synergies: Ridge to Ridge

The second annual Sustainability Field Conference was held on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. This one day field conference focused on the economic benefits of trails, conservation and stormwater municipal planning, sustainable forest management, and the power of collaboration from South Mountain to the Kittatinny Ridge. This field conference was an all day event 8 am – 5 pm, with lunch and light refreshments provided. Shared transportation was used to visit sites, and some stops included standing, walking short distances, and/or being outdoors. Click here for the final itinerary.

The cost to participate was $35 per person to support lunch, refreshments, transportation, and organizational costs. This conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn about sustainability initiatives in the region, network with local municipalities and organizations, and learn about resources available to you and your community. Registration was capped at 45 participants.

2016 Sustainability Field Conference

From May 24-25, 2016, the CLUS held a two day Sustainability Field Conference with support from the InTeGrate Grant through SERC at Carleton College. Day 1 focused on the dimensions of sustainable communities and environments and included visits to partners and sites within the Franklin County area. Day 2 focused on innovations, challenges, and opportunities in sustainability in the Cumberland and Adams County region. Click here for the detailed itinerary from 2016.

Participants included community members as well as students, faculty, and staff from SU, Gettysburg College, and York College. Over the course of two days, our 26 participants met with 12 community partners from Chambersburg Borough, Green Yard Waste Recycling Center, IESI Blue Ridge Landfill Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility, Wilson College Fulton Farm, Michaux State Forest, and Adams Electric. Participants reflected on sustainability issues at a celebratory dinner after the conference.