Saturday, April 1, 2017
Tom Ridge Environmental Center 

Call for Presenters

Erie County Agriculture & Our Climate: The New Normal 

Each year, CRANE organizes an annual summit based on specific local impacts from climate change in our community. This will be the fourth annual summit; previous summits have focused on Understanding Climate Change and Stormwater Management, Extreme Weather and Emergency Preparedness, and Erie Tourism.


This year, the Summit will focus on Erie’s local agriculture and food systems, geared toward:      

1.    Identifying examples of local impacts farmers are noticing and how they are adapting

2.    Raising awareness among the general public about local farmers, local food, and local impacts

3.    Educating the general public concerning what they can do about lessening their impacts


The Summit will kick-off with a panel of local farmers focusing on changes they have noticed in weather, crop abundance, pests, etc. and how they are adapting. The rest of the summit will be several sessions of concurrent, hands-on presentations to offer attendees understanding of what they can actually to lessen their climate impacts, or adapt to these changes at home.



Guidelines for Presenters

Topics of Interest (Not Comprehensive)
  • Companion planting and pest management
  • Backyard composting
  • Food recovery- decreasing waste and food donations
  • Urban gardening, container planting, raised bed gardens, etc.
  • Do it yourself: Wine making, food canning, brewing, cooking with unusual vegetables
  • Beekeeping and urban livestock
  • How to eat with the seasons
  • Regulations on local farmers/Understanding food safety
  • Buying local 
Presentation Format
  • Hands-on or interactive
  • PowerPoints
  • Access to the internet and electrical outlets is available
Expected Audience
  • General public
Dates to Remember
  • Submission Due: Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday, February 24, 2017
How to Submit 
  • E-mail with: 
    • Presentation title and topic
    • Contact information
    • Overview of presentation (no more than 100 words)
    • Demonstrate a connection to climate change
    • Any needs you will have (access to internet, access to electrical outlets, volunteers to assist, etc.)

Should you have any questions about the summit, CRANE, or potential presentations, please contact us at


We look forward to seeing you at the Erie County Agriculture and Our Climate Summit in April.



The Community Resilience Action Network of Erie (CRANE)

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CRANE is a partnership between Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Environment Erie, Erie County Office of Sustainability, and The Northwest PA Green Economy Taskforce. For more information visit the CRANE section of the PA Sea Grant website. 

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