2024 Summit for Community Stewardship

Bridging Action, Infrastructure, Policy and Innovation

October 16 – 17, 2024

The 2024 Summit for Community Stewardship will be held in coordination with PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Transportation and PA Department of Community and Economic Development on October 16 and 17 at the Hilton in the City of Scranton. The Summit provides an opportunity for all of us to convene, reflect on past work, share experiences, and learn together. In addition to repeating breakout sessions on marine debris, policy levers for stewardship and education, attendees will hear from national community stewards about the link between community activism and stewardship from Kristine Zieglar, Planet Women and the Power of Beauty from Dave Forsell, Keep America Beautiful. Additionally, Bob Anderson from Closed Loop Partners will provide valuable insights on the evolution of community recycling infrastructure and how to empower communities to recycle more.

Plan to join Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Affiliates, Volunteers and State Agency and community partners as we shine a spotlight on Scranton and build on and celebrate our collective efforts to improve our communities across Pennsylvania.

For sponsorship opportunities please click here or contact Deb Woolley, dwoolley@keeppabeautiful.org.


Agenda

All Agenda Times and Sessions Subject to Change. Click each speaker's name to see their bio.
Keynote Speakers
Kristine Ziegler , Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Board President, Planet Women

"Environmental Leadership Is For Everyone", Planet Women CEO and co-founder Kristine Zeigler examines the current leadership model in the U.S. and who we think about when we hear the word "leader." Drawing on neuroscience, organizational leadership research, and storytelling, Zeigler calls upon us to redefine leadership and tell newer, truer stories that are an antidote to inequality, despair, and environmental destruction. Leave with ideas for sharing power, resources, and creating your own brand of leadership to inspire yourself and others.

Dave Forsell , Senior Vice President, Affiliate Network & Programs, Keep America Beautiful

"Power of Beautify", Keep America Beautiful's Senior Vice President of Affiliate Network & Programs Dave Forsell will discuss research that provides a correlation between beautification initiatives and a decrease in gun related crime.

Bob Anderson , Senior Vice President, Closed Loop Partners

Closed Loop Partners' Senior Vice President Bob Anderson will illustrate how recycling infrastructure has evolved in PA communities.

October 16

1:00-4:00 PM

Walking Tour of Scranton Environmental Improvements, including examples of year-round greening, pollinator gardens, urban murals and a stop at the Christopher A. Doherty Park, a brownfield turned community asset.
•  Leaving at 1:00 PM from the lobby of the Hilton, 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.
•  Click to view a map and details (.pdf). (Exact tour itinerary subject to change.)

5:00-8:00 PM

Evening Reception, Cocktails & Light Hors d’oeuvres Reception. Area agencies and non-profits are invited to set up informational tables to network with guests. Contact Deb Woolley at dwoolley@keeppabeautiful.org for details.

 

October 17

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Introductions
•  Phoebe Coles , Chair, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

9:15-9:55

Plenary 1: Power of Beautify
A discussion regarding the research that provides a correlation between beautification initiatives and a decrease in gun related crime.
•  Dave Forsell , Senior Vice President, Affiliate Network & Programs, Keep America Beautiful

9:55 - 10:05

Break - Coffee

10:05-10:35

Plenary 2: State Agency Panel
Hear from State Agency Executives about goals, objectives and programs aimed at improving communities across Pennsylvania.
•  Jessica Shirley , Acting Director, PA Department of Environmental Protection
•  Richard Vilello , Deputy Secretary Community Affairs and Development, PA Department of Community and Economic Development
•  Larry Shifflet , Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Transportation

10:35 - 10:45

Break - Move to Morning Breakouts

10:45-11:45

Morning Breakout Sessions
 
B1: Litter in Waterways & Marine Debris Infrastructure
Hear from KPB Staff and Regional Science Consortium about a pilot project in Lake Erie designed to capture floatable litter. Evaluate if this marine debris capture pilot could work in a waterway near you.
•  Donald Benczkowski Program Coordinator-Lake Erie Region, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
•  Jeanette Schnars, Ph.D. , Executive Director, Regional Science Consortium
 
B2: Workshop: Audit of Volunteer Litter Control Programs on Pennsylvania Roadways
Join KPB and PennDOT Bureau of Innovations and collaborate on ways to improve these valuable stewardship programs and the overall volunteer experience.
•  PennDOT Bureau of Innovation
 
B3: Strategic Partnerships for Education
Hear a high-level overview of KPB education tools and learn about strategic partnerships and innovative ways to deliver education programming in your communities.
•  Kylie McCutcheon , Affiliate and Youth Education Coordinator, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
•  Fawn Contreras , Head of Youth Services, Valley Community Library
•  Natalie Reese , Program Director, Westmoreland CleanWays & Recycling
 
B4: Economic Levers to Improve Your Community
Hear from a panel of community and economic professionals on how they leverage economic tools such as Downtown Improvement Districts and the Hotel Occupancy Tax to advance clean and green efforts in their community.
•  Julie Fitzpatrick , Executive Director, PA Downtown Center
•  Steve Ward , Project Manager, Scranton Tomorrow
•  Larry Newman , Executive Director, Diamond City Partnership
•  Miranda Pace , West Scranton Neighborhood Coordinator, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania
•  Jack Howell , Manager, Elm Street - Spanish American Civic Association

11:45 - 12:30

Lunch (Buffet)

12:30-1:30

Keynote: Environmental Leadership Is For Everyone
Planet Women CEO and co-founder Kristine Zeigler examines the current leadership model in the U.S. and who we think about when we hear the word "leader." Drawing on neuroscience, organizational leadership research, and storytelling, Zeigler calls upon us to redefine leadership and tell newer, truer stories that are an antidote to inequality, despair, and environmental destruction. Leave with ideas for sharing power, resources, and creating your own brand of leadership to inspire yourself and others.
•  Kristine Ziegler , Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Board President, Planet Women

1:30 - 1:45

Break - Move to Afternoon Breakouts

1:45-2:45

Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Repeat)

2:45-3:00

Break - Coffee and Cookies

3:00-3:40

Plenary 3: Evolution of Recycling Infrastructure in Communities
Evolution of recycling infrastructure in PA communities.
•  Bob Anderson , Senior Vice President, Closed Loop Partners

3:40 - 4:00

Closing


Location and Time details

Click here to register online. Payment options available: online credit card, e-check or invoice to pay later by check.
Registration Deadline: September 16, 2024 No day-of registrations.

Cost: $100 per participant

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will provide one complimentary registration per Affiliate. Affiliates may bring as many other attendees as they'd like but they will be charged for each attendee after the first one. If you cannot locate your affiliate coupon code or have questions, contact Kylie McCutcheon, Affiliate Coordinator, at kmccutcheon@keeppabeautiful.org or 724-836-4121 ext. 114.

When: October 16, City of Scranton Walking Tour, 1-4PM. Reception, Cocktails & Light Hors d'oeuvres at Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 5-8PM
October 17, Summit for Community Stewardship, 8am-4pm

Where: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
Address: 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

Room accommodations available at discounted pricing. Rooms are limited, book early - Deadline: September 16, 2024:
Group Code: PABEAU
Make reservations by phone: 570-343-3000
Make reservations on-line: Hilton Scranton reservation link for Keep PA Beautiful Summit


Become a Corporate Sponsor

As a 501(c)3, KPB is dedicated to using its funding to further its mission and support its affiliate network in execution of our programming. Special sponsorship opportunities are necessary to facilitate a successful Litter Summit. Please consider the following sponsorship opportunities, along with your invitation to the Summit.

Thank you for your consideration. For sponsorship opportunities please click here or contact Deb Woolley, dwoolley@keeppabeautiful.org.