Summit IV Webinar Series

Starting the beginning of March through the second week of April, we will be hosting a series of webinars featuring experts talking about sustainable practices in economic development, agriculture, renewable energy, building construction, and environmental stewardship. Visit this page for up-to-date information about webinar dates, times, and materials.
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Environmental Stewardship Week (First Week of March)
Tues. March 2 @ 12pm
Public Art and Creative Sustainability
Ramiro Davaro-Comas, creator and director of a unique traveling artist residency program, Dripped On The Road, will be presenting a talk about the programs October 2020 residency in Indiana, PA. The talk will touch on the history of the residency program, its October 2020 project in Indiana, PA that brought 14 new murals to town, and the Creative Sustainability initiative they launched to curb emissions and environmental waste, while continuing to create public art. The talk will also feature video segments from their upcoming documentary, in which community members and artists are interviewed about their process and impact on the Indiana community. Dripped On The Road is a traveling artist residency program dedicated to fostering a unique creative environment for its resident artists while enhancing the visual atmosphere of communities through public art. This one of a kind program invites selected artists to: - Travel a predetermined route around the U.S. - Create public murals in a diverse array of cities and communities. - Camp at national & state parks to create small works on paper. - Collaborate with a variety of arts/community organizations on workshops, talks, and panels. - Create Sustainably by using environmentally conscious materials and planting trees for every project completed.
Thurs. March 4 @ 12pm
Keystone State wildlife In a Changing Climate and What We Can Do About It
Pennsylvania is home to a surprising amount of biodiversity, including 22 salamander species and over 400 bird species. Human-caused climate change is happening in Pennsylvania and impacting the state’s plants and animals. We’ll discuss some of the benefits of biodiversity, impacts of climate change on migratory birds of PA, and ways individuals and communities can take action to support birds and biodiversity and to reduce climate change. This session will be presented by four team members from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh’s Climate and Rural Systems Partnership.
Fri. March 5 @ 12pm
Family Forest Carbon Program: Making an Income from Private Woodlots
Did you know that forests play a critical role in helping mitigate climate change? Trees take carbon dioxide from the air, store part of the carbon in the wood, and release oxygen. Landowners can manage their forests to store more carbon while also improving wildlife habitat and growing more timber. Landowners can also enroll in programs that pay them to implement certain practices that improve forest carbon storage. Kevin Yoder, Conservation Forester with The Nature Conservancy, will present on forest carbon management and opportunities for landowners to get paid for sustainable forest management. One of the programs being launched in Pennsylvania is the Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP). The FFCP is a new way to unleash globally significant climate change mitigation through America’s family forests. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are working with leading U.S. businesses, state and federal agencies, other non-profits, and America’s 21 million family forest owners to capture and store more carbon to meet climate goals. The FFCP represents an opportunity to engage rural landowners with new types of incentives, benefitting family forest owners by helping offset the cost of the needed forest management practices and offer opportunity for income. The program is designed to remove one of the most significant barriers for family forest owners—the high cost of forest of management activities, while also providing technical assistance and professional guidance to landowners on the best options for their forests. The FFCP incentivizes specific forest management practices which have been scientifically demonstrated to enhance carbon sequestration. Through the program, private landowners will work with professional foresters to implement one or more practices that align with the landowner’s management goals. The practices are consistent with sustainable forestry, provide more suitable wildlife habitat, and support long-term production of forest products.

Renewable Energy Week (Second Week of March)
Mon. March 8 @ 12pm
Renewable Natural Gas with Biodigesters
Join Ed Johnstonbaugh from Penn State Extension for an informative presentation on Biodigesters. Learn more about what they are, how they work, and how they measure-up as a renewable energy source.
Thurs. March 11 @ 12pm
Energy Policy: Creating Opportunities for PA Residents
Panelists from Solar United Neighbors, Penn State Extension, and other organizations will cover how current energy policies can inhibit or provide energy options available to residents of Pennsylvania. Energy resiliency will also be discussed. A brief presentation by each panelist will conclude with a question and answer session.
Fri. March 12 @ 12pm
A Panel on Solar Panels in Indiana County
What it is like to be powered by solar in Indiana County? Join our panelists and find out! We’ve gathered solar panel owners from across the county to share their experiences and answer your questions.

Sustainable Agriculture Week (Third Week of March)
Mon. March 15 @ 12pm
Supporting Sustainable Food Chains and Soil Health
Simple choices can have far reaching impacts. Have you ever thought about what it takes for food to arrive on the shelf at the market? Have you ever wanted to know where your food dollar is going? Agriculture and food are paramount to our lives beyond what we actually put into our mouths. Join us for a session on how the choice of where you buy your food can greatly affect your community and the environment. Walk away from this session with an idea of how you can build the local economy while persevering our resources.
Thurs. March 17 @ 12pm
Incentivizing conservation and climate solutions on rented farmland
Conservation on farms can provide water quality, carbon sequestration, and other benefits at a large scale. Practices that build soil health benefit farmers directly by reducing costs and increasing crop resilience to weather extremes. Over one-third of cropland in Indiana County is rented. Lease terms can incentivize (or disincentivize) renters from implementing conservation practices. This session is for landowners to learn more about how they can play a role in promoting conservation and climate change mitigation on their rented ground. The panel will include: • Mr. Ted Kuzemchak, who farms 1800 acres in Indiana County, including rented land • Mr. Jeff Fenton of Fenton Meats, who rents land to farmers in Indiana County • Mr. Justin Brackenrich, a Penn State University Extension Educator • Dr. Bonnie McGill, an agricultural ecosystem ecologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural HistorConservation on farms can provide water quality, carbon sequestration, and other benefits at a large scale. Practices that build soil health benefit farmers directly by reducing costs and increasing crop resilience to weather extremes. Over one-third of cropland in Indiana County is rented. Lease terms can incentivize (or disincentivize) renters from implementing conservation practices. This session is for landowners to learn more about how they can play a role in promoting conservation and climate change mitigation on their rented ground. The panel will include: • Mr. Ted Kuzemchak, who farms 1800 acres in Indiana County, including rented land • Mr. Jeff Fenton of Fenton Meats, who rents land to farmers in Indiana County • Mr. Justin Brackenrich, a Penn State University Extension Educator • Dr. Bonnie McGill, an agricultural ecosystem ecologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with Indiana County roots y with Indiana County roots

Sustainable Buildings Week (Fourth Week of March)
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Workforce Investment Week (March - April)
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