Regenerating Ourselves & Our Organizations Through a New Paradigm

04/15/2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET




Regenerating Ourselves & Our Organizations Through a New Paradigm
Thursday, April 15 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST | Interactive Web Meeting

Presented by: Shannon Crooker, Director of Program-Related Investments, The Sustainable Energy Fund, and Marcus Sheffer, Enviroenergist, 7group

Offered in Partnership with: The Sustainable Energy Fund and 7group

The pandemic has drastically shifted how we work, but what about the way we think about our work and the potential we have to transform the systems we work in every day? Whether we are focused on social, environmental, or economic issues, we have the capacity to elevate our impact through a regenerative approach. In this workshop, our work processes will be examined through the regenerative life paradigm presented in Carol Sanford’s books: The Regenerative Life and The Regenerative Business.


During this session, Shannon Crooker of Sustainable Energy Fund and Marcus Sheffer of 7group will explore how an organization seeking to transform their community must first transform themselves by exploring a working example of a collaborative, regenr8, who is using regenerative process to energize a community and organize a nonprofit in service to that community. They will also use reflection and discernment to help break free from habitual patterns of thought and toxic work practices.

Please note that this web meeting is intended to be interactive; attendees are highly encouraged to join by webcam, if possible, and actively participate in the conversation. Due to the collaborative nature of this session, space will be limited to the first 25 registrants. Anyone beyond the first 25 will be added to a waiting list.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define regeneration and how it differs from other paradigms
  • Understand how living systems work together
  • Start applying regenerative thinking to your work processes
  • Provide a real-world example of one organization’s journey


Single Login Cost:
$45 per person for PANO Members | $100 per person for Not-Yet Members

Terms of Participation
Your purchase entitles you to a single login. Please do not share the login information with others, as it may interfere with your ability to join. If multiple individuals from your organization would like to view the webinar, please purchase separate tickets for each person or consider a group screening ticket (below).


Group Screening Cost (for up to 10 individuals):
$150 for PANO Members | $333 for Not-Yet Members

Terms of Participation
If you have 4-10 individuals interested in viewing the webinar, please have one person register selecting the group screening rate, then send a list of all individuals viewing the webinar (including names and email addresses) to


This option makes the most sense when you have 4-10 individuals interested in viewing the webinar. For fewer than 4 attendees, a single login ticket for each person is the most cost-effective option. For more than 10 attendees, please email Christina at to discuss options.


Materials & Login/Call-In Instructions:
Materials (PowerPoint and other handouts), along with instructions on how to login and call-in, will be emailed to attendees a few days prior to the date of the webinar. PANO uses Zoom as our webinar platform; you can familiarize yourself with Zoom and/or join a test meeting prior to these sessions.

Can’t attend? All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar following the live session!

About the Facilitators:

Marcus Sheffer, 7group

Marcus Sheffer promotes the application of a living systems, regenerative approach to projects and organizations. After 12 years at the Pennsylvania Energy Office, he founded Energy Opportunities (EO) in 1993 to provide technical consulting services on all manner of building energy issues, renewable energy systems, the environmental impacts of human activities. EO operated the York County Community Foundation Energy Program for 20 years, providing technical and financial assistance to local nonprofits. Marcus is also a partner in 7group, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals developing the capacity of your project and organization to affect how humans regenerate life through building. Marcus is a LEED Fellow, an accredited LEED Project Reviewer, a Living Future Accredited Professional, and Faculty for The Regenerative Practitioner course offered by Regenegis. He currently serves as VP of the Board for the Horn Farm Center, which practices and promotes regenerative agriculture, and on the core team creating a Susquehanna Valley cohort of regenerative practitioners.


Previous volunteer activities have included leadership positions with the USGBC (LEED Steering Committee, LEED Technical Committee, LEED Market Advisory Committee, and past Chair of the Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group), the Green Building Association of Central PA (Founding Board Chair), the International Living Future Institute as a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, and subcommittee chair for ASHRAE Standard 209. He co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009 and was the primary author of The Pennsylvania Solar Manual published by the PA Department of Environmental Protection in 2006. Sheffer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies in 1981 and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration in 1986, both from Shippensburg University.


Shannon Crooker, Sustainable Energy Fund

As Sustainable Energy Fund’s (SEF’s) Director of Program Related Investments (PRI), Shannon manages and oversees investments, to include Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) and SEF’s Social Impact Loans, which are designed to advance sustainable energy throughout the Commonwealth. She has been striving to apply living systems theory to her work at SEF since 2018. As a whole, SEF has been reflecting and contemplating how to better serve the nonprofit industry through energy programs and investments.


Shannon’s commitment to sustainability has defined her career in the green building industry since she separated from the US Air Force in 2007. She started out as a LEED Consultant, learning the trade from pioneers in the industry at 7group. In this role, she managed a carbon offset program, reviewed LEED certifications, and helped develop sustainability guidelines for private and government entities.


After graduating with a BA degree in Environmental Geography from Kutztown University in 2010, Shannon shifted her focus to brownfield remediation and redevelopment where she worked diligently to restore the health of the environment and communities throughout Pennsylvania. While pursuing an MBA in Sustainability Management from Penn State University, she helped brand and launch a small environmental firm, establishing them as leaders in the regional brownfield industry.

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