Over two hundred Pennsylvania college and university students will attend the PA Power Dialog to engage in meaningful dialog with state regulators, legislators and peers about the federal Clean Power Plan and its implementation in Pennsylvania. The Dialog is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) and organized by a planning team that includes Dickinson College, Millersville University, Penn State University, Ursinus College, Villanova University and Widener University School of Law.

When: Monday, April 4th, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA

Who’s Coming: 200+ students and faculty from Allegheny College, Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Gettysburg College, Messiah College, Millersville University, Moravian College, Penn State University, Shippensburg University, Susquehanna University, Swarthmore College, Ursinus College and Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

The Clean Power Plan is a set of new rules established by the US EPA in August 2015 for electric power plants that are designed to reduce climate changing carbon emissions.  The Plan allows each state, including Pennsylvania, flexibility to establish its own implementation plan for meeting the federal standards. The PA DEP is in the process of developing a State Implementation Plan for Pennsylvania.

The program will include a keynote talk by DEP Secretary John Quigley, student panels to share student work and viewpoints, a panel of state regulators and legislators to discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing the Clean Power Plan, and small group roundtable discussions. A variety of educational resources are provided here for participants to prepare themselves for a productive dialog.

Participation is open to students who are enrolled in a participating course at a PA college or university, or are members of a participating student group. To learn how your course or student group can participate, go here.

The PA Power Dialog is one of a number of state-wide dialogs being coordinated by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.