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"What a Winter!" Panelists Discuss Climate Change

West Chester University's Sustainability Advisory Council has teamed with two regional environmental groups to host What a Winter! A Climate Change Policy panel on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

One of the panelists is John Quigley, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (2009-11), who has compared climate change, "the carbonization of our atmosphere," to a global, "suicidal" science experiment. He has consulted to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), state governments and foundations on conservation and sustainability.

  • "In the final analysis, the true solution to ending the global chemistry experiment, to adapting to the changes we've already locked in, to preventing what appear to be its unavoidable outcomes, and to building that just and sustainable world lies not in technology, but in ourselves."
  • - John Quigley
  • Former Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (2009-11)

Mark W. Davis, assistant professor in WCU's Public Policy and Administration department and an environmental policy expert who serves on the University's Sustainability Advisory Council, will moderate the panel. The participants will discuss the most pressing climate change issues we face, and how should we address them. Davis will also field questions from the audience following the panel discussion.

Cohost of the event Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reductions (BLUER) is also supplying an expert to the panel: David Mazzocco, chair of BLUER, West Chester Borough. Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP) is the other cohost.

The panel is rounded out by John Hanger, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection who served on the Public Utilities Commission and was instrumental in securing consumers' electricity choice of providers in the Commonwealth; Ashlie Delshad, WCU assistant professor of Political Science, and an energy and environmental policy expert who serves on the University's Sustainability Advisory Council and Climate Action Plan committees; and Paul Morgan, WCU professor of Secondary and Professional Education and the Universit's Sustainability Coordinator and Climate Action Plan Committee Chair.

The program takes place in Ballroom A of Sykes Student Union at 110 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester 19383.

Parking available in K Lot behind Sykes Student Union.