Upcoming Campus & Community Events

SU- Geo-ESS Career Day

DATE: November 3, 2016
PLACE: Shearer Hall

  Career Day is the annual opportunity we create for students to meet the members of local businesses, large firms, non-profits, and government agencies that host interns and hire our graduates. This year, we plan to have sustainability focused speakers and careers. Stay tuned for more information!

SU- Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

DATE(S): September 4- October 15, 2016
PLACE: Nationwide competition!

The Sustainability Program at SU and Center for Land Use and Sustainability.


Help SU win the title of "most outdoorsy school in the nation" and win awesome prizes while you're at it! Learn about participation FAQ's, weekly promotions, and follow SU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

"The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is about school communities and student bodies joining together to see who can get the most people outside and active. It's a Mother Nature meets March Madness-style competition where 90 schools from across the country will go head-to-head over six weeks. The school that gets the most people outdoors will win the National Outdoor Championship. We will also be recognizing the Outsider of the Year, the individual across all schools who logs the most outdoor activities, and the Most Outdoorsy Person, the individual on each campus that logs the most outdoor activities for their school."

SMP- Outdoor Music & Movie Night

DATE(S): September 15, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: 4 E 1st Street, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

The South Mountain Partnership, in collaboration with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Mid-Atlantic Regional Office and The Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project.  

ATC's very own Todd Coyle will provide a backdrop of fabulous music from 6:00 to 7:30 interspersed with snippets from the WITF/Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project Film Series.  Then, enjoy a screening of the new film Trail Magic: The True Story of Emma "Grandma" Gatewood Story from FilmAffects. Bring your favorite chairs or blankets and settle in for a terrific evening on the Lake.  Bring along dinner and make it a picnic or just enjoy the music and movie. This event is free and open to the public.  Register here. For more information, contact Kelly at 717-258-5771 orkmcginley@appalachiantrail.org.

SU- Sustainability Outdoor Film Festival

DATE(S): September 18-22, 2016
TIME: Shows begin @ 7:00 PM 
PLACE: Huber-Shearer Academic Quad

The Sustainability Program at SU and Center for Land Use and Sustainability.

Each night of the film festival will be sponsored by a community partner. We plan to show short films focusing on local, regional, national, and international sustainability concerns. The event will be outdoors in coordination with the Outdoor Nation Challenge! We are seeking permission to show the films in the Huber-Shearer Quad by projecting onto the side of Huber Art Center (the big white block wall facing Old Main). There will also be free solar cooked popcorn. More details coming soon!

SMP- Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade WITF Documentary

DATE(S): October 6, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Exact location TBD, Shippensburg, PA

The South Mountain Partnership, in collaboration with the PA Historical Association Annual Meeting, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project, and WITF.  

The birth of the modern conservation and environmental movements can trace their roots to Pennsylvania - and right to the the South Mountain Region, in many cases. From Gifford Pinchot to Rachel Carson, Pennsylvanians’ passion for protecting the land, water and air arose from conflict — industrialization and destruction of natural resources. In many cases, ordinary people did extraordinary things. They were people who had fallen in love with Pennsylvania’s resources and were willing to devote their lives to creating and preserving resources that we enjoy today. The Mira Lloyd Dock documentary, a collaboration between WITF and the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project, will be screened on opening day of The Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Technology, Business and the Environment."   

About the Mira Lloyd Dock documentary: In 1899, women were seen and not heard. Except Mira Lloyd Dock (1853- 1945), a little known Progressive Era activist. This botanist, forester and preservationist did just as much, if not more, for the city of Harrisburg than her male counterparts. She helped transform the city from a dirty, disease-ridden mess to a clean, manicured and modern destination worthy of Pennsylvania’s capital city. In 1901, while Dock was working on making Harrisburg a model city, Gov. William Stone appointed her to the state Forest Reservation Commission. She was the first woman ever in the state appointed to a governmental position at a time before women could even vote. During her 12 years of service on the commission, one million acres of forest became reserves. It was through the new school of forestry at Mont Alto that Dock had her greatest influence on forestry. From its first year in 1903 until it was subsumed by the Pennsylvania State College in 1929, she was the professor of botany.    

SMP- History Hike

DATE(S): October 20, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Appalachian Trail at Pine Grove Furnace State Park - 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324

The South Mountain Partnership, in collaboration with Appalachian Trail Conservancy & Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  

Join us for a fantastic evening of hiking and history along the Appalachian Trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  Andre Weltman, Chair of Friends of Pine Grove, will be our guide for the evening sharing the incredible stories of the hostory of the region, the Appalachian Trail, the iron industry and how all of it has woven together over time to bring us to where we are today. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes.  This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited. For more information, contact Kelly McGinley at 717-258-5771 or kmcginley@appalachiantrail.org.

Past Events

Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop

DATES: August 23, 2016 
TIME: InTeGrate Overview & Discussion (Roland Hall 200) 9:00 am - 11:00 am; Syllabi Workshops & Assignment Planning (Shearer Hall 005) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (drop-in)

Teach about sustainability? Want to integrate sustainability and stewardSHIP into an existing course? Join us as we introduce strategies to incorporate sustainability in your curriculum. InTeGrate provides tools and resources for undergraduate professors to "Teach for a Sustainable Future" across a wide range of disciplines. Click here to see the full agenda.

Contact us to RSVP and reserve your place!

2016 Sustainability Field Conference

DATES: Tuesday May 24, 2016 and Wednesday May 25, 2016
TIME: 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. daily

Day 1 will focus on the dimensions of sustainable communities and environments and will include visits to partners and sites within the Franklin County area. 
Day 2 will focus on innovations, challenges, and opportunities in sustainability in the Cumberland and Adams County region.

Please click here for a copy of the detailed agenda. Contact afprice@ship.edu for more information, and to reserve your place!

Click here to submit your evaluation of the field conference.

Campus Community Sustainability Forum

DATE: Monday April 18, 2016 
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
PLACE: Old Main Chapel, 1871 Old Main Drive

The purpose of the community forum is to engage community partner panelists from major corporations to small non-profit organizations in a discussion that digs into the concept of sustainability and the importance of thinking sustainably. We will ask them to explore the term "sustainability" from their perspective and disciplines, how it relates to their day-to-day operations, and how it impacts their decision-making processes necessary for the future of their organization and the communities that they serve. We are excited that this program will be moderated by WITF Radio Smart Talk host Scott LaMar. The program is free and open to the public. Our invited forum panelists include:

Service-Learning Opportunities

Penn Stewards Cleanup at Hammonds Rocks

April 16, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
This will be the first clean-up project in partnerSHIP with Michaux State Forest, PA Parks and Forests Foundation, and several other regional organizations. Volunteers are asked to sign up (contact Mack Hawkins) and carpool if possible to the site. The site is located on Ridge Road on South Mountain about 2.75 miles north of Cumberland County Rt 233. Arrival should be by 8:45 for check-in, orientation, and instructions.

Spring Planting and Pot Luck at the Campus Community Farm

April 21, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
The campus farm is located on Britton Road just southeast of its intersection with Fogelsanger Road on the west shore of the Burd Run Stream. It is an easy 5 minute walk from campus and located downhill from the Cora Grove Spiritual Center.

20th Annual ShipShape Day

April 23, from 8:30 to 12:00p.m. 
This program is the 20th year of the community-wide clean-up and dozens of organizations including the university work together to clean-up around town. Each year 100's of bags of trash are collected along our streets, waterways, parking lots and more. Keep our streets clean, our waterways healthy, and our bodies as well. Check-in at the Fireman's Activity Center on Orange Street for information, supplies, and a work site.

Co-Curricular Programs

Minds@Work Conference

Tuesday April 19, 2016 in the MPR in the CUB 
Talks and poster sessions occur beginning at 2:00 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m. Check here for the schedule once available. So why not come out and see the results of some awesome student research projects. Interview and interact with current students who have been working on projects related to sustainability, conservation, and other relevant topics! Don't miss it!