The Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy

Climate Change and the Campus (Carnegie Mellon September 29th)


Location: University Center, Wiegand Gym

Time: 12:30 - 3:30


12:30 - 1 Registration

1 - 1:15

Introduction: Allyson Lowe (Chair, Political Science Department, Carlow University)

Opening Remarks
City Councilman Bill Peduto

Setting the Day’s Agenda
Sandi DiMola, Chatham University

1:15 - 2:15 Roundtable Deliberations

2:15 - 3:15 Resource Panel

Brinda Thomas, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, Carnegie Mellon

Lisa Ceoffe, Pittsburgh City Forester

Stan Kabala, Center for Environmental Research and Education, Duquesne University

Debra Killmeyer, Program Director of Renewable Energy Initiatives, CCAC

Erika Ninos, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon

Moderator - Shernelll Smith (HECC/CMU Office of the Dean of Student Affairs)

3:15 - 3:30 Post-Survey

3:30 Closing Remarks: Robert Cavalier, Director, Program for Deliberative Democracy

Background Documents


Participants are requested to read the 10 page Discussion Guide prior to the event. The Guide provides a summary of the science of climate change and then looks at three areas that are to be addressed in the discussions through the following questions:

What can we do for our campus?

What can we do for our community?

What can we do for ourselves?

A larger Resource Document is also availabel for those who want to look deeper into the issue. It can be downloaded as a complete file or in sections:

Complete file: Climate Change and the Campus

Section 1: The Science of Climate Change

Section 2: The Impact of Climate Change

Section 3: Climate Change and the Campus


One hundred and thirty students from six colleges in the Pittsburgh
region gathered at Carnegie Mellon University to engage in deliberation about how colleges should respond to the challenges and opportunities related to climate change. Download this Final Report for a full analysis of the day's event.

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Partners and Sponsors

The following schools from Pittsburgh's Higher Education Climate Consortium are participating in this event: Chatham University, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, Penn State Center- Pittsburgh, Point Park University, and Robert Morris University.

The event is funded by Carnegie Mellon's Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and Judith A. Wright, Carnegie Mellon, CIT Class of 1969.

Special thanks to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairts for thier ongoing support of the Campus Conversations initiaitve.


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