Environmental Justice & Human Resilience: PA IPL 2022 Annual Conference

November 13, 2022 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The topic of this year’s conference, Environmental Justice & Human Resilience, is at the core of PA IPL’s mission. We seek to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. This must start and continue with work in and with the frontline communities most directly and immediately affected by climate change.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh. Prior to her role at Sustainable Pittsburgh, Dr. Portlock served as Associate Director of Science and Research at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and as Executive Director of Communitopia, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh that focuses on climate change communication. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in anthropology from MIT and a Ph.D. in genetics from Stanford University. Her work focuses on building community around sustainability topics, with a particular interest in making important scientific, technical or complex information accessible and useful. Dr. Portlock has worked on environmental issues at the local, state, and federal level, and also currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health.

We are pleased to offer a virtual keynote address & response panel session that will be broadcast across PA as well as two workshops in each of our four in-person locations: Philadelphia (SE PA), Scranton (NE PA), Lancaster (Central PA), and Pittsburgh (SW PA). There will be breaks with refreshments, between the sessions, at the in-person locations.

Philadelphia/SE PA Sessions:
United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia Campus: Brossman Center
1. Local Resiliency
2. Local Advocacy

Scranton/NE PA Sessions:
The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Welcoming Space
1. Connecting Environmental Justice & Environmental Law
2. Integrating Organic Farming & The Performing Arts

Lancaster/Central PA Sessions:
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
1. Building Local Resilience: Cooling Stations
2. Developing a Congregational Creation Care Program

Pittsburgh/SW PA Sessions:
Duquesne University: College Hall, Rooms 104-105
1. The Healing Spirit of the Earth
2. Successes & Challenges in Frontline Communities

A Reflection and short Refreshment Session will close the Annual Conference between 3:50pm – 4pm at each in-person location.

Please join us and register today. The next page will permit you to complete your registration by indicating whether you will attend the virtual Keynote Session only, or whether you will attend virtually plus attend the regional Workshop session closest to you. A ZOOM link for the Keynote Address will be emailed to you when you register.

PA IPL Staff & Board Members look forward to connecting with you virtually or after the Workshops in your region on Sunday, November 13th, 1pm – 4pm.

All are welcome to attend. We also welcome any suggestions regarding sponsorships for this year’s conference. If you or your organization/company are interested in advertising or speaking directly to the PA IPL community please reach out to Kathy Hrabovsky at outreach@paipl.org or submit your sponsorship here.

Register here and receive an email providing the link for the Keynote Address.

We hope you will join us!

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Thanks to Our 2022 Sponsors

Photovoltaic Sponsors:

Pendle Hill

Gold Sponsors:

Central Baptist Church of Wayne

Silver Sponsors:

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Envinity Solar
Pittsburgh Mennonite Church
The Sisters of IHM
Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden

Bronze Sponsors:

Pennsylvania Climate Convergence
Radical Support Collective
Scranton Area Ministerium