Dear Friend,

Between now and September we're profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards. Today is our fourth inspiring profile. 

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Meet Dr. Jessica Nolan, 
Woman of Environmental Education

Dr. Jessica Nolan is a Professor of Conservation Psychology and Director of the Environmental Studies Concentration at the University of ScrantonNolan has over 20 years of experience in environmental outreach and education, including 13 years working in higher education in Northeast Pennsylvania.

She has a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from Cornell University and graduate degrees in psychology from California State University and the University of Arkansas.

As a conservation social scientist, Nolan has worked to “give psychology away” by educating her students, environmental practitioners, and the general public about effective strategies for motivating environmental behavior changes.  She has published more than a dozen articles on environmental behavior in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has worked to bridge the gap between the world of research and practice by presenting her work in popular media outlets and at local, regional, and national conferences attended by environmental practitioners.  In her Environmental & Conservation Psychology course she guides students in applying the principles of community-based social-marketing to promote environmental behaviors that have been identified by community partners. 

Nolan is also the founder of Green Drinks Scranton, an informal networking group that provides a forum for folks interested in environmental issues to connect and learn from one another. Since its start in 2009, Nolan has recruited and coordinated more than two dozen guest speakers and special events on topics such as green lighting, passive solar houses, and local environmental history, among others.  

Nolan has also partnered with local environmental groups such as Friends of Lackawanna, EPCAMR, and LRCA to sponsor more than a dozen co-curricular events for students and the local community in her role as Director of the Environmental Studies Concentration at the University of Scranton.

By educating students and the public to better understand the human dimensions of environmental problems and how we can motivate people to change their behavior, Nolan’s work helps move us toward a more sustainable future.

Congratulations, Jess!

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.


Tickets for the WIC event are on sale now!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, a PennFuture Cooling Bandana, a PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at




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