2016 Earth Week at Penn State
Get ready for Earth Week 2016 at Penn State! Activities and events are scheduled at all Penn State campuses. Take part in the festivities that celebrate the week by showing how we care for our planet.

Liberal Arts awarding staff and faculty sustainability efforts  

With eleven Green Teams, the College of Liberal Arts is exploring sustainability issue s in a variety of ways, from infusing it into their curriculum, to creating a Mobius recycling game, to finding resource efficiencies in operations, to investigating related research topics. The Coll ege has just announced two awards to recognize staff and faculty "in the College of the Liberal Arts whose commitment to sustainability is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the mission of the College and the University."   

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How a small community saved a contaminated river in Finland

Our Place on Earth, Jukajoki Trailer
The small village of Selkie, located in southeastern Finland just 50 miles from the Russian border, was contaminated 5 years ago  by large peat mining operations owned by VAPO. This caused two massive river contamination events, which led to major fish die-offs in the river.  Led by the village president, the community fought back and won an unprecedented victory against the energy company.  

Infographic: Why even landlubbers need healthy oceans

Oceans around the world face a fierce array of threats including plastic pollution, over
fishing, climate change and much more. The World Bank created an infographic that highlights the importance of oceans to the health of the planet, humans and many economies around the world.





Learn about how to compost, what you'll need for both indoors and outdoors and what you should avoid composting.  Composting helps divert organic materials from landfills, but also creates nutrient-rich material for growing plants and crops. 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Apr
19

129A, 129B, and 129C HUB
1-3 p.m.
Apr
19

100 Thomas Building
7:30-8:30 p.m.
apr
22

Waste Free Lunch
3rd Floor Bridge of the Huck Life Sciences Building
11 a.m.-1:30
APR
29-30

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, Transfer Road
 
Check out our calendar for more sustainability-related events.
Lydia Vandenbergh | Penn State's Sustainability Institute
108 Land and Water Building, University Park, PA 16802
 (814) 863-4893 | lydia@psu.edu 
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