PA Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources to Talk about Climate Change Resiliency at SVC April 17

by Public Relations | Apr 13, 2018

Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), will speak about the department’s efforts to prepare for and mitigate the risks associated with potential climate impacts to Pennsylvania at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the Luparello Lecture Hall in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. Admission is free and open to the public.


The talk is being given in conjunction with a day-long Conversation on Climate and Conservation with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


A reception will follow the talk in the Atrium of the Pavilion at 3:30 p.m.


Other activities planned include a gathering of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Fred M. Rogers Center and a bluebird box building community service project at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve from 1 to 2 p.m.


Four Saint Vincent College environmental science students will make presentations at 1:30 p.m. in the Luparello Lecture Hall including Heather LeClerc, “Exploring the Effects of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on Solar Conversion  Efficiency and Solar Absorbance on TiO2 Catalyzed Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells;” Jennifer Urban, “Nesting Box Preference of Various Bird Species Based on Vegetation;” Samuel Geer, “A Study of Thinning Practices on Understory Biodiversity, Regeneration and Soil Chemistry;” and Katharine Stallings, “Is Tree Migration Occurring in Butler County, Pennsylvania?”

Pennsylvania is experiencing higher temperatures, increased precipitation, higher numbers of large storm events, decreased snow cover and changing distributions of some plants and animals.


As the caretaker of 2.2 million acres of state forest and 121 state parks, and the state’s primary conservation agency, DCNR has a unique role and responsibility in helping the commonwealth reduce and adapt to climate change. While climate change presents significant challenges, there is much the state can do from managing forests to sequester an increasing amount of carbon, ensuring that public lands remain resilient and helping private landowners and communities reduce their carbon footprint and adapt.


DCNR currently is working with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science through a rigorous process to determine and prioritize the department’s greatest climate change vulnerabilities, and identify strategies to address them.


Dunn is the sixth secretary of DCNR. She has helped position Pennsylvania as a leader in land conservation, outdoor recreation, green practices and public land management. During her tenure the department created the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps to connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment.

Under her direction, Pennsylvania continues efforts to address the impacts of climate change, as well as providing leadership on planting forest buffers along streams to improve water quality.

Dunn has worked in both the public and private sectors. She served in several leadership posts at leading environmental advocacy groups like Audubon Pennsylvania, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and PennFuture.


Dunn holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in biology from Shippensburg University.


Further details about the program at Saint Vincent are available by contacting Angela Belli, director of the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College, 724-537-5284 or




Photo: Cindy Adams Dunn




For Information:

Don Orlando, Director, Public Relations

Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690

Phone 724-805-2010, FAX 724-805-2019,,





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