Climate Justice in Our Communities: Non-IPL Events

In an effort to provide resources and connections to the PA IPL community about Climate Justice, we have recently created this resource page which will collect a curated list of relevant upcoming non-IPL events. 

All titles are hyperlinked to each event’s registration page. Please be sure to click on the title of the event you are interested in joining and you will be redirected to the event’s registration page. Dates and times for events are listed below each event title in chronological order.

We will regularly update and add to this list in addition to posting them on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

If you come across such events, or are organizing an event in your own faith tradition or congregation, please let us know so that we can both advertise the amazing work our community is engaged in and invite others to attend or participate in your event. Email us with details.

June 2021

June 2 – Noon – 1pm – Virtual
PA DEP Office of Environmental Justice Lunch N’Learn – The Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) Three Rivers Chapter is hosting an online event with Allison Acevedo, the Director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the PA DEP, for an informal and informative lunch and learn session. Registration is free to members and non-members. Register Here! ​​​

June 3 – 6pm – 7pm – Virtual
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh June Meeting – Stay Black, Stay Green – Join this talk to gain a greater understanding of the ways that systemic racism has created inequitable barriers to the benefits of connecting with nature. The Black Environmental Collective will introduce themselves, discuss their vision and future plans, and share ways that we can all solve this problem and support this initiative. Register Here!

June 4 through 12
Lancaster Water Week – Join the Lancaster Conservancy in a series of activities that support taking action to create habitat, protect water, and explore the outdoors all around Lancaster County. Take the Pledge! 

June 8 – 9am – Noon – Virtual
THINC30 TANK: Creating Circular Economies. Join COVESTRO for this webinar that brings experts on moving the Circular Economy concept from concept to reality, answering questions about systems change, increasing product and material life span, regenerating natural systems, and improving quality of life for all. Register Here!  

May 2021

Webinar: The Work of Justice
Date/Time: 5/12 @ 1:00 PM EST
Join Alabama Interfaith Power and Light, IPL, and  the United Church of Christ for a webinar on what our faith communities can can do to ensure a economic recovery prioritizes employment, affordable housing, racial justice, public health, and a transition to a decarbonized economy. #ActNow

April 2021

Third Jewish Climate Action Conference: Everything is Connected
Date/Time: 4/25 @ 12:00-8:00 PM EST
Register for the JCAN-MA for the 3rd Jewish Climate Action Conference: Everything is Connected-Free & online. Sessions focus on carbon reduction, advocacy, spiritual resilience, soil and agriculture, raise up the voices of youth, and address environmental justice. The day-long event is geared toward action solutions and strengthening the national Jewish climate action network.

4/22-5/2: On demand Content available daily (watch at your convenience)
4/24, 4/25, 5/1, 5/2: Live Broadcast Sessions 6:00-8:00 PM EST
The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Virtual US Training will feature four days of two-hour live broadcasts, with additional on-demand viewing and interactive sessions available between April 22 and May 2. During the training, you’ll join broadcast sessions with some of the world’s leading climate experts and activists – led by former Vice President Al Gore – along with breakout sessions designed to dive deeper into the most important climate topics of today.

Pittsburgh Earth Day 
Date: 4/22
Nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and celebrating sustainability in the region. Honoring the transformation from Pittsburgh’s Steel City past to a thriving home for green innovation, LEED-certified development, farm to table initiatives and environmentally-friendly events, Pittsburgh Earth Day honors the collaboration of businesses, community organizations and green purveyors that are changing the landscape of our region. 

Earth Day Webinar: The Power of Cooperative Sustainability
Date/Time: 4/22 @ 6:00 PM EST
Join Weavers Way Co-op and Mariposa Food Co-op for a special presentation by The Energy Co-op to learn how co-ops impact our local communities, what to look for in a sustainable electricity supplier, and get insider tips about the energy industry & renewable energy.

How to choose a truly green electricity supplier in Pennsylvania
Date/Time: 4/16 @ 12:00 PM EST
How do you actually know your energy provider is sustainable? How do you choose an energy supplier that matches your values? Join Green Philly for a special presentation by The Energy Co-op with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to answer these questions and more!

Virtual Public Forum hosted on behalf of Centre Region Council of Governments
Date/Time: 4/13 6:30-8:30 PM EST
The event will focus on understanding and managing climate-related impacts facing the Centre Region with the intent of bringing people together to identify shared values, think about what the future might look like for the Centre Region, and explore common ground solutions. The forum will help set the stage for additional work in 2021 and beyond on a regional Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for the community.

RNG Webinar
Date/Time: 4/13 @ 5:30 PM EST
Join The Energy Co-op to learn about the consequences of drilling and fracking, the benefits of Renewable Natural Gas, and what you can do to get involved!

World premiere of the new documentary short film, A River Reborn
Date/Time:  4/8, 7:00-8:15 PM EST
Join PennEnvironment, film director Ben Kalina, and the Academy of Natural Sciences for the world premiere of the new documentary short film, A River Reborn. This film tells the story of western Pennsylvania’s Little Conemaugh River and the steps taken to restore it after decades of being told that it’s “too polluted to recover.”

Moving From Surviving to Thriving – A movement to combat Health Disparities in our Communities!
Date/Time: 4/3 Session 1: Combating COVID in Our Communities
A great workshop series by the Whitney M.Slater Foundation.

Recycle Right in Pittsburgh Webinar Series
Dates/Times: 3/24-5/10
Tuesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m.
Join Pennsylvania Resources Council, in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh’s blue recycling bin distribution program, for this 30-minute online workshop teaching residents how to recycle right. You’ll learn how to prep and place recyclables in the blue bin and discover options for recycling electronics, chemicals, tires, yard debris and much more.

Dr. Bullard Community Lunch Colloquium
Date/Time: 4/2 12:00 PM EST
For this special lunchtime conversation, we are inviting campus, community, civic, and religious leaders to have more time for a moderated Q&A with Dr. Bullard about how we can address issues of environmental justice here in our communities in Pennsylvania.  RSVP by 3/26.

2021 Colloquium on the Environment–co-sponsored by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Office of Human Resources, Office of Educational Equity, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Sustainability Institute
Date/Time: 4/1 7:00 PM EST
This prelude to the First Virtual Book club meeting with McCourtney Institute will feature a keynote address by Dr. Bullard The keynote is open to all.

March 2021

Freedom Seder
Date/Time: 3/30 7:00 PM EST
Join the Pennsylvania Council of Churches for the 9th Annual Freedom Seder on March 30 at 7:00 pm. The theme is “From Fear to Freedom.”

“Dry Times” screening and discussion-Environment America
Date/Time: 3/25 6:00 PM EST
A free screening of the documentary “Dry Times” and a virtual, interactive discussion to learn more about the film and environmental issues it raises.
“Dry Times” takes us to California in 2016, when the state was experiencing among its most persistent and intense droughts in history. The film explores the environmental and personal impacts of water scarcity on three individuals living in various parts of California.

First Virtual Book club meeting w/ McCourtney Institute
Date/Time: 3/22 4:00 PM EST
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy and the Sustainability Institute are hosting a virtual book-club discussion of “The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities.” The discussion will consider whether or not the government plays an equitable role in helping citizens who are impacted by climate change. In the book, Bullard and co-author Beverly Wright compare and contrast how the government responded to emergencies, including environmental and public health emergencies, toxic contamination, industrial accidents and bioterrorism threats — and show that African Americans are disproportionately affected by those responses.

Churches Going Solar: How It’s Done and How Policy Change Can Help
Date/Time: 3/18 7:00 PM EST
Join the Evangelical Environmental Network and Solar United Neighbors in this free webinar to learn how churches and other houses of worship can go solar. They will also discuss the ways that state policy change could make this process easier and how you can help make that happen.

Entire recorded conference available online.

Multifaith Panel on Prayer
Dates/Time: 3/9 7:00-8:00 PM EST
This event will bring together speakers from different faith and spiritual communities in the larger Philadelphia area so that we can have this critical conversation with our neighbors of all backgrounds moderated by Allyson Zacharoff, rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Rabbinic Intern at Har Zion Temple.

February 2021

Power Interfaith: Inviting Love, Joy, & Pleasure into our Organizing
Dates/Time: 2/3 at 5:00-7:00 PM EST
You are invited to our monthly collective healing space-using meditation, movement, storytelling and deep listening we’ll explore how we access joy that no one can take away – and invite Love to reshape our lives and our organizing. 

IPL Digital Rally to #StopLine3 with Tara Houska and Winona Laduke.
Dates/Time: 2/10 at 3:00 PM EST/12:00 PM PST
Join Interfaith Power & Light for this digital rally where you will learn from Indigenous leaders about the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline resistance, their call on President Biden to stop it, and what you can do to stand in solidarity with water protectors on the frontlines. 

A Webinar on the Policy, Politics, Economics, Climate Science, Jobs, and Justice Behind Biden’s Plan for 100% Clean Electricity by 2035 by The Action Network
Date/Time: 2/24 at 1:00 PM EST
Speakers will include Johnathon Williams from the Sunrise Movement, Stephanie Kelton who wrote The Deficit Myth, Quentin Scott from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Leah Stokes from University of California Santa Barbara, and world renowned climate scientist Michael Mann. Biden ran on climate change, and at the center of his climate plan was 100% clean electricity by 2035. The country elected him with a strong mandate to turn his promise into law, and we need to show up to make sure we pass the strongest, most equitable policy possible.

Understanding the Texas blackouts: What lessons can we learn?
Date/Time: 2/25 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
The Niskanen Center and the Duke University Energy Initiative are co-hosting a live briefing that will cover what happened in Texas and what can be learned to prevent similar events in the future, both in the special case of Texas and nationally.

Lecture with Doug Tallamy
Date/Time: 2/25 at 7:00 PM EST
The Izaak Walton League in Pittsburgh, a collaborator with much of the work done by PA IPL in the area is hosting a Zoom meeting with Entomologist and author, Doug Tallamy. Dr. Tallamy’s work provides the scientific support and rationale for much of the work PA IPL does with Creation Care. We must restore biodiversity throughout the system to make sure it remains in balance. His many publications are approachable and cover a significant amount of ground.

ASU Jewish Studies JSMG 2021 Annual Conference
Dates/Time: 2/28 at 1:00 – 7:30 PM EST/10:00 AM – 5:30 PM PST
Day-long conference presented by the Judaism, Science and Medicine Group. This all day webinar will feature 13 presentations by noted academics and rabbis on the topic of JUDAISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE, THEOLOGY, AND ETHICS CONFERENCE.

January 2021

  1. Halki Summit IV – COVID-19 and Climate Change: Living with and Learning from a Pandemic
  2. Multifaith Panel on the Environment
  3. The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest
  5. MidAtlantic Regional Conference: Bridges to Coalition