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A Solar PPA Designed for Positive Externalities

July 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Drs. Meghan Hoskins and Peter Buckland from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute will describe the rationale for and process of including criteria for institutional benefits, community benefits, and ecosystem services in a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a solar power purchase agreement (PPA). They worked on a diverse cross-functional team within Penn State, convened by the Office of Physical Plant (OPP) staff, to draft an RFP the criteria of which included environmental conservation language crafted in partnership with the Pennsylvania office of The Nature Conservancy. Hoskins and Buckland will discuss the evolution of the RFP, the discussion of integrated sustainability considerations, and the collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Attendees will learn about including, scoring and ranking of nontraditional criteria in a solar PPA, integrating multiple sustainability goals into one project, and the progress of the project to date regarding ecosystem, community, & academic aspects. They will invite attendees to ask questions and to reflect on possibilities at other institutions.

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Peter Buckland, Academic Programs Manager, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute

Dr. Peter Buckland is the Academic Programs Manager at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and an affiliate faculty in Educational Theory and Policy. Peter works with faculty, departments, colleges, and the office of general education to integrate sustainability across Penn State’s curriculum. He also works on special programs with campus and community partners to advance renewable energy, climate change literacy, and the arts in civic life. Peter has communicated widely on sustainability, environmental issues, education, and music on radio, online, and in popular and peer-reviewed press. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his son Sacha.

Meghan Hoskins, Director of Operations and Partnerships, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute

Dr. Meghan Hoskins is the Director of Operations and Partnerships at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. Meghan works with operations and facilities staff, faculty researchers, and outside partners to integrate sustainability across Penn State’s operations. She also works to develop on-campus living laboratory projects that span operations, education, and research in sustainability-focused topics.



July 17
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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