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Peter Dawson Buckland, A.B.D. recently joined The Kiski School as the Director of Sustainability.


The Kiski School's new Director of Sustainability has already begun digging in with Kisk's more than 200 students in undergoing a campus change. On the school's community service day in September several boys built a compost bin. Other boys have made new recycling bins, and nine cubic yards of compost was delivered for the school's new garden.

Saltsburg, PA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012 Peter Buckland will be directing programs that include integrating sustainability into the curriculum, overseeing and developing renewable energy, managing green building projects, designing and planting an organic farm, teaching courses focused on sustainability, heading the Sustainability Task Force, creating and implementing outreach and service programs for sustainability, and communicating with local, regional, national, and international sustainability education partners.

Buckland said, “I'm excited that Kiski will demonstrate that people can live well by building more efficiently and living more carefully. Our students, staff, parents, and anyone interested in Kiski, are going to have the opportunity to learn how ecologically-minded people can make a difference by focusing on things that matter.”

Before joining Kiski he was an instructor for Penn State's Office of Global Programs at, teaching “Managing Planet Earth,” an interdisciplinary exploration of ethics, politics, policy, science, and the contested meanings of sustainability in Jamaica. He blogged the journey with the students while Dr. Neil Brown led them through five weeks of immersive sustainability and intercultural experiences in Jamaica. In addition, he was the Coordinator of Field Guide for Teaching Sustainability at Penn State, a web resource that assists faculty in understanding sustainability for the purposes of developing sustainability curricula. The Field Guide is an ongoing project with Penn State's Center for Sustainability and Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. He also is part of the curriculum and Faculty Development Team for Sustainability, Center for Sustainability, Penn State University, where he designed, led, or participated in faculty development seminars on integrating sustainability into courses in social, biological, and ecological sciences, philosophy, humanities, arts, education, rhetoric, and communications.

He is the author of numerous papers, conference presentations, and articles in various publications. Most recently he has two essays being published in a book in Europe titled, The International Guidebook to Ecopedagogy.

Buckland has been recognized with several awards, fellowships and scholarships over the last several years including: The 2012 Student Sustainability Leadership Award, Penn State College of Education Dissertation Initiation Grant, 2011-2012 Public Scholarship Fellow – Penn State University's A Capacity to Sustain Democracy, 2011 Laurel Haven Scholarship for Conservation Education – Penn State University, College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry, 2011 Ivan Illich SIG – Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award, 2010 EcoJustice Seminar Scholarship – AERA, 2010 Virginia and Vance Packard Endowment for Student Professional Development, 2010 Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Environment - Ecology - Education in the College of Education.

He currently participates as a member of various associations and groups including the
American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference 2012 Reviewer, Citizen's Training Facilitator with Penn Environment on Marcellus Shale Policy Issues, Ivan Illich Special Interest Group(SIG) of AERA – Vice President, Environmental Education SIG of AERA member, Place-Based Education special interest group of AERA Philosophy of Education SIG of AERA, Peace Studies SIG of AERA , International Journal of Illich Studies – Reviewer, Comparative Education Review – Reviewer since 2009, Voices of Central Pennsylvania – reporter and opinion page contributor, Groundswell PA, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Sierra Club Moshannon.

He is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in Music and a minor in English and Creative Writing. He received his M.M. in Music Composition and Theory in 2003 and is working towards his Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy. He has extensive experience researching, lecturing, and teaching sustainability at Penn State and prior to that taught English and was an instructor of music and integrative arts. In addition to his sustainability responsibilities, Peter will also be teaching three classes this academic year: two science courses blending the physical, biological, and social sciences with policy and political aspects and an English class focused on natural resource conflict and conservation. Peter and his wife, Jessica, and their young son live on The Kiski campus.

The Kiski School, a premier boarding and day school, located 30-miles east of Pittsburgh, and is celebrating 125 years of preparing young men from grades 9-12 and post graduates to succeed in college and in life. Kiski is known for expertise in educating boys. For more information about Kiski and its academics and athletics, visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at The Kiski School.

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