Patricia DeMarco Ph.D.

"Live in harmony with nature."

Sustainability Pioneers- Community Conversations Class

Sustainability Pioneers:

Community Conversations

Next Class will be at the Frick Environmental Center on five consecutive Mondays from November 6, 2017 to December 4, 2017 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Register here:

Format: Five presentations of 90 minutes

Presenters: Patricia DeMarco and Kirsi Jansa

Syllabus Outline:

All Sustainability Pioneers Stories are here:

Session #1.  Introduction and Overview: Why Sustainability?

  • Introduction: Connecting climate, energy and health
  • Screening: Sustainability Pioneers 1: The Journey Begins
  • Discussion: Talking about Climate Change and Climate Solutions
  • Class Presentation: Sustainability Pioneers #1: Climate Change and Health Connections pd-for-pitt-osher-1

Homework for the next session: Measure your own carbon footprint.  

For Further Information on Climate and health:

An excellent overview of climate change and health interconnections done  in 2016.

Crimmins, A., J. Balbus, J. L. Gamble, C.B. Beard, J.E. Bell, D. Dodgen, R.J. Eisen, N. Fann, M. Hawkins, S.C. Herring, L. Jantarasami, D. M. Mills, S. Saha, M. C. Sarofim, J. Trtanj, and L. Ziska, 2016: Executive Summary. The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, 24 pp.

A more detailed study with epidemiological data and research needs included.

Portier CJ, Thigpen Tart K, Carter SR, Dilworth CH, Grambsch AE, Gohlke J, Hess J, Howard SN, Luber G, Lutz JT, Maslak T, Prudent N, Radtke M, Rosenthal JP, Rowles T, Sandifer PA, Scheraga J, Schramm PJ, Strickman D, Trtanj JM, Whung P-Y. 2010. A Human Health Perspective On Climate Change: A Report Outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change. Research Triangle Park, NC:Environmental Health Perspectives/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002272


 Session #2. The Transition from Fossil Energy to Renewable Energy

– Suggested resources:

Session #3. Renewable Energy Opportunities and Challenges

  • Introduction: Federal, state and local jurisdiction over energy – how the system works
  • Screening: SP 4 It Takes a Leader and SP 5 Becoming Energy Independent
  • Discussion: What are the challenges and opportunities in your town?
  • Homework for the next session: Visit The Frick Environmental Center/Phipps/your town hall and learn about how these buildings are doing about energy efficiency and sustainability. Visit Solarize Allegheny and Solar City websites and learn about the solarize project.
  • Class Presentaton#3 osher-sp-3-re-challenges-opportunities
  • Suggested resources:

The database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy


Session #4. Community Centered Power

Session #5. The Way Forward