Penn State campus to host free sustainability event in New Kensington

reNew Kensington Community Workshop scheduled for Sept. 27
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Penn State New Kensington will host the reNew Kensington Community Workshop in downtown New Kensington on Sept. 27.

Credit: Rebecca Dietrich

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Community members, leaders, students and business owners in the New Kensington area are invited to attend a free workshop to work together as one community in creating priorities and action steps to build a stronger and renewable city. The reNew Kensington Community Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 27 and will be hosted by Penn State New Kensington along the city's Corridor of Innovation.

The workshop will include collaborative activities, giveaways, speakers, special guests, and free continental breakfast and lunch for all attendees. It also will be the starting point for a community-driven planning process related to how sustainability can be implemented in New Kensington.

The "lunch and learn" keynote address will feature Grant Ervin, chief resilience officer and assistant director for the Department of City Planning for the city of Pittsburgh. Ervin oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience in the city's services, programs and policy.

Event breakout sessions will highlight panel discussions and educational talks targeted to community leaders, citizens and business owners. The workshop culminates with all attendees taking part in a facilitated and collaborative planning process to identify top sustainability needs for the city.

Penn State New Kensington is able to offer the workshop and other upcoming awareness activities this upcoming year thanks to a $75,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF). The goal of the grant is to aid in incorporating sustainability and best practices to the campus-led Corridor of Innovation and revitalization efforts in the city of New Kensington.

More information, the agenda, and registration for the free workshop can be found at

About the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund

The WPPSEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power rate payers in Pennsylvania. WPPSEF investments are focused in three broad categories:

  • Deployment of sustainable and clean energy technologies;
  • Deployment of energy efficiency and conservation technologies; and
  • Facilitating economic development, environmental betterment, and public education as they relate to sustainable energy deployment in the West Penn Power service region.

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