Showcase your Green Team's work -- expo style
You have an opportunity to tell Penn State leadership, faculty and students, as well as community members, about your Green Team's sustainability achievements.

The Campus and Community Sustainability Expo will be April 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the State College Borough Building. All Green Teams are invited to participate by creating a poster to showcase your sustainability efforts. 

This is the 6th semi-annual event for the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, a Sustainability Institute program that matches community needs with student coursework. Many student projects on display will highlight energy, waste management, food systems, human resources and economic development. You have the opportunity to emphasize  your hard work as part of this event.

If you would like to be a part of the celebration, contact Kayla Susko by March 25 with a list of potential participants and a working title for your poster. You will receive a poster template, examples and periodic event updates. Posters must be submitted for printing by April 18. 
Help us share your Earth Week events with others 

Earth Day is April 22, but here at Penn State we celebrate Earth Week. The Sustainability Institute is creating a web page to promote all the events happening at University Park and our commonwealth campuses, similar to the one from Earth Week 2015. Please send your event news  to  by April 1.

More than 30 Green Team members participated in the Brown Bag Lunch on Feb. 25. Listen as participants collaborate on brainstorming new ideas about Outreach, Smeal and COMMunity's sustainability initiatives through this  Adobe Connect recording . You can also view  a summary  of engagement and budget ideas that resulted from the brainstorming session.

" Penn State will...embrace diversity and sustainability and inspire achievements that will affect the world in positive and enduring ways." So begins the University's new Strategic Plan that will guide Penn State's efforts and services over the next five years. Approved by the Board of Trustees a few weeks ago, this plan demonstrates our leadership's support for sustainability as a foundation for our endeavors, as well as a thematic priority. Inspire yourself by reading through the plan and identifying ways in which it pursues human health and happiness, environnmental quality and economic well-being for present and future generations. 
Penn State held a "Climate Policy Post-Paris: Next Steps for a Clean Energy Future" discussion to explain actions students can take to create a clean-energy future. Eban Goodstein, director of graduate programs in sustainability at Bard College, led the discussion and offered a recap of the Paris agreement and ways to reimagine the future and talk about the issues.  

Watch a webcast of this discussion.

Black and white default printing is the answer. Penn State's Sustainability Institute's administrative assistant, Audrey McDonough and Chris Pfeiffer, computer systems network administrator, discovered a way to save the Sustainability Institute more than $1,000 by switching our printing default to black and white (3 cents per page) from color (20 cents per page).   
The process is easy. Just follow these directions for Ricoh printers.  

Upcoming Events

119 Outreach Building
12-1 p.m.

Earth Hour
Webster's Bookstore Cafe
7:30-10 p.m.

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 |