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SRU environmental studies major presents at Powershift conference

Rachel DeWolf, a senior environmental studies major at Slippery Rock University and an organizer for the campus Leave It Green organization, will be a presenter at this weekend’s Powershift Pennsylvania Conference at Pennsylvania State University. Four other SRU students and Neil Durco, a 2008 SRU graduate, will also attend.

The regional summit on climate change is part of the national Powershift campaign which is in conjunction with 350 day Saturday, the first international call to action to encourage nations around the world to promote climate legislation at Copenhagen.

Leave It Green is a grassroots environmental organization at SRU.

DeWolf, from Slippery Rock, will present “Funding Campus Sustainability Projects,” a training workshop explaining how a green fee can be implemented on college and university campuses. She will use Leave It Green's "Green Fund" campaign, which was implemented last year at SRU, as the model. In the workshop, she will explain what a “Green Fee” is, and how others can run a “Green Fee” campaign to win funding.

Other SRU and Leave It Green participants are: Allie Bernstein, a senior environmental studies major from Fishkill, N.Y.; Eric Berdis, a freshman, art major from Erie; Craig Cowan, a junior, geosciences major from Allison Park; and Wayne Myers, a graduate student in SRU’s masters of sustainable systems program from Findlay, Ohio.

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