Dickinson Engages Communities Across Pennsylvania
Some of our Statewide Projects Include:
Marcellus Shale Gas and Citizen Science
Dickinson’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) helps community groups across the state to monitor water quality in their local streams and interpret and use the data to improve watershed management. Responding to concerns about potential impacts of shale gas extraction on water resources, ALLARM has developed a protocol for early detection of impacts and has run numerous workshops for citizen groups in areas of the state that overly the Marcellus Shale formation.
Dickinson collaborates with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems in Pennsylvania and across the country. Dickinson Farm Manager Jenn Halpin is Chair of PASA’s Board of Directors.
Dickinson, a member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), hosted the chapter’s annual conference GreenCon 2013. Ken Shultes, Dickinson’s Associate Vice President for Campus Operations and Facilities Management, is a board member of USGBC-Central PA. USGBC is the organization that certifies buildings for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Dickinson has three buildings that have earned LEED-Gold certification.
Higher Education in Pennsylvania
Dickinson is an active member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) of colleges and universities and is represented on PERC’s executive board. PERC promotes sustainability in PA higher education through conferences, webinars, inter-campus projects and information sharing. Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education's director, Neil Leary, is currently President-elect of PERC.