A Discussion on Climate Change

On April 14, the Office of Sustainability, the political science department and the environmental studies concentration held a discussion about the United States’ rejoining of the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris vs. Pittsburgh advertisement poster.

The event featured three keynote speakers: JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., professor of environmental policy, Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., professor of environmental psychology, and Mark R. Murphy, director of sustainability at Scranton.

JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., teaches several courses at the university, including including courses in U.S. political institutions, social welfare and environmental policy, federalism and research methods.

Dr. Hopper’s research focuses on state-level environmental policy. She spoke about how the solution to climate change is global cooperation and said that the outcome depends on how everyone else participates.

“The agreement was made in Paris, but it’s going to be what happens in places like Scranton . . . that determine how successful we’re going to be in protecting our future both environmentally and economically,” Dr. Hopper said.

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Club Spotlight: Sustainability

We reached out to the Vice President of Sustainability at Scranton, Joseph Delmar, to find out more about the Sustainability Club and what they do!

What is the Sustainability Club?

Sustainability is the University’s environmental club. We are focused on both getting people out into nature with events like our semesterly kayaking trip and our work at the community garden, as well as informing the University community about sustainable lifestyle through table sits and movie screenings.

Why should students get involved in the Sustainability Club?

Students should get involved because the goals of Sustainability are closely tied to the ideals the University is committed to. In addition to the commitment to environmentalism that Pope Francis recently espoused in his encyclical Laudato si’, we all take philosophy courses that teach about moral responsibility. Environmental causes fulfill our obligation to care for ourselves and others.

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