Reminder: Brown Bag Lunch on Feb. 25
Register by Friday, Feb. 19
Join us for the next Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hear from fellow Green Teams members about their initiatives and share your own before working together to brainstorm new ideas.  There will also be information about new and existing Green Teams resources from the Sustainability Institute. 

The presentation will be available through Adobe Connect and campuses will be connected to one another via conference call for the brainstorming session. 

Teams from Commonwealth Campuses are encouraged to attend via Adobe Connect! Please contact Kayla Susko if you are interested in participating as a Commonwealth Campus and register for professional development credits by Feb.19th.

Many thanks to the Student Affairs Sustainability Council for sponsoring this event.
Creative ideas for making your celebrations more sustainable
Over the holidays the Penn State Hershey Development Green Team came up with a few low-maintenance ways to have a more sustainable celebration. Check out their list and see what you can try, or feel free to create a list tailored to your own Green Team and upcoming holidays!
  1. Challenge your friends and family to wrap gifts with upcycled and/or reusable materials. 
  2. Swap out one meat dish for...
    1. Vegetable lasagna, butternut ravioli, acorn squash stuffed with onions, beans, and dried fruits, etc.
  3. Drink local beverages
    1. Support local soda, cider, beer and wine makers. 
    2. Upcycled gift idea: Make a bottle cozy using the sleeve of a tattered sweater.
  4. BYOT (Bring Your Own Tupperware)
    1. Did you know one-quarter of the water used in the U.S. goes to producing food that nobody ends up eating? Ask guests to bring leftover containers, or remember to pack yours, so you don't waste any delicious chow!
  5. Hate last minute grocery store trips? 
    1. Get creative with food you already have in your pantry and fridge! Visit and for help. Also check out and for more recipes.
A snowball effect at the beach

Sometimes seemingly small actions can have big impacts.

After a concert last summer, Pam Eisenhart noticed the trashcans overflowing on an Atlantic City beach. She realized the tide was coming in and would carry the loose trash out to sea, so she began picking up as many bottles and cans as she could. Soon after she began, Eisenhart noticed others joining her efforts.

"It wasn't something I expected, but I was happy to have the help," said Eisenhart, an adminstrative assistant in Penn State Berk's Building Operations Department. "I think we kept a lot of litter out of the ocean that day."

The United Nations recently launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to "end poverty, combat climate change, and fight injustice and inequality." 
The 17 goals touch on every angle of sustainability that you and your Green Team can connect with and discuss. 
Watch the video or read more below and tell us which goal you most personally relate to. How can Penn State help implement the SDGs?

The junk mail pile dwarfs Laura Tetrault and Cindy Lake.
Junk mail. Everyone receives it yet most of us don't like it. Whether at work or at home, it seems as though more and more keeps piling up each year with no sign of slowing down. So, what can you do to get the junk out of your mailbox?

The first step is to stop the flow.
  CatalogChoice and PaperKarma are two free programs that make it easy to remove your name from mailing lists.

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Upcoming Events

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Lysock View Complex, Ste 206, 542 County Farm Rd., Montoursville, PA
10-11:30 a.m.
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