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Earth Days 2021 Schedule

LVC’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee will celebrate the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a virtual Earth Days 2021 Seminar Series throughout the month of April. These sessions are open to the public and will occur at 12 p.m. every Thursday from April 1April 29. 


April 1—Environmental Internship Talks by LVC Students, 12 p.m.

Come listen to current LVC students present on their immersive environmental experiences.   

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Alissa Martin (CHM & ENVI) will discuss her experience working with ICLEI and the DEP to do a greenhouse gas inventory for the City of York, as well as her internship with an environmental engineer at the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority. She will talk about the projects she worked on for each internship and a little bit about each organization. 

Dylan Houser (ECON & BUS; ENVI minor) will discuss his work as a data intern with LVC’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. Dylan works with Dr. Harpankar to complete a carbon inventory for LVC using a Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform 

Morgan Ernst (PSY) had the fortunate opportunity of traveling to Kihei, Maui for three weeks to research the Hawaiin humpback whale and their behaviors in relationship to boats and human-motored water vessels. She found that whales would change their typical behaviors due to the disruption in the water from the boat motors and sounds. 

Rachel Pfennig (BIO, ENVI minor) will discuss her summer internship at Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center where she worked with injured wildlife and helped them recover. 

This semester Shannon Peachey (ENVI) has an internship with the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Education Group.  This organization provides opportunities for students to work with naturalists while teaching the public about nature, spending time outdoors, and managing team and independent projects. Some specific asks include leading interpretive hikes, preparing and presenting educational nature programs, and managing park projects.


April 8—Exploring the intersection of economics and the environment: from LVC to the real world, 12 p.m.

In this session, a talented trio of LVC ECON alumni—Gabriele Cressman ’20, Kelly Jacobs ’18, and Ian McGinnis ’17—will join us to discuss their professional experience after LVC as they continue to work at the intersection of economics and the environment. 

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Gabrielle Cressman '20 (Outbound Operations Systems Analyst at WebstaurantStore) will talk about 'Amazon' Prime-Time: Eco-ethical practices and opportunities in e-commerce supply chain.  

Kelly Jacobs '18 (Energy and Environmental Policy Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware) will discuss her research experience with UD's Water Resources Center and The Nature Conservancy.   

Ian McGinnis '17 (Consultant in the Power & Utilities practice at FTI Consulting) will discuss current trends in the clean energy sector including emerging technologies and policies supporting the transition to a decarbonized future.  


April 15—Extraction’s Last Stand, 12 p.m.

Noxious waste. Liquefied natural gas. Plastics and petrochemicals. These and other projects, plans, and products of the fracking industry endanger communities, natural resources, and the climate. Brook Lenker, Executive Director of FracTracker Alliance, returns to Lebanon Valley College to discuss the aspirations of the oil & gas sector and encouraging developments toward a more sustainable and just energy future. 

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April 22—Energy and the Fight Against Climate Change, 12 p.m.

LVC welcomes Rob Altenburg, Director of PennFuture Energy Center, to give a presentation on energy and the fight against climate change on Earth Day. Burning fossil fuels for energy remains the single largest contributor to the climate crisis.  We’ll take a look at our energy system and see what that tells us about the pathway to a sustainable future.  

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April 29—Living in the Anthropocene: The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change, 12 p.m.

With implications even beyond human-induced climate change, a group of freshmen from the LVC Honors program will explore the earth-shifting and earth-shaping ways of human activity that have led to what geologists have termed the “Anthropocene.” They will also offer constructive models by which we might live in an ethically responsible and politically engaged fashion in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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