Over 2,000 Penn Staters from 13 campuses are integrating sustainability into their offices through Penn State's  Green Paws Program , one step at a time. To help them out, we've revamped our online resources section.

Café Laura, an on-campus restaurant run primarily by students, has long been a model for sustainable campus dining  . On Sept. 29, Café Laura began using takeout containers made completely out of compostable material, reducing the use of Styrofoam used in the restaurant. General Manager Scott King says he hopes to eliminate Styrofoam use from the restaurant entirely by the end of the academic year.

Outreach Green Team "plants seeds" through their Strategic Plan

Is your team thinking about creating a strategic plan to guide your efforts towards a common direction? Just as the University and other units have developed strategic plans, so too has the Outreach Green Team. Their plan outlines their mission, strategies and specific tasks that they are willing to share with other teams. 

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Are you aware of the environmental impact of producing textiles?
  • One pound of textiles requires 400+ pounds of water to make.
  • The emissions associated with a single T-shirt are roughly equal to driving a car 10 miles.
Nike, a leading brand in the apparel industry, is aware of the industry's environmental and social impacts and has joined with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to reduce its carbon footprint. 
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Penn State's paper towels are certainly compostable, so it only made sense initially to capture them in our restrooms in compostable bags and work them through our system. However, this has created an unforeseen large scale litter problem that has led to a decision to stop composting the paper towels. Read more to get the full story and an email template to spread the news.

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The Kill the Cup University Challenge has been extended until 
Nov. 13. Tweak and use this  email template to encourage your co-workers to support our efforts to Kill the (disposable) Cup and beat Michigan.

If you aren't already participating yourself, it's not too late to start! Download the tracking app for Android and iPhone and follow the competition's event page for full instructions.

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Colloquium on the Environment features Naomi Oreskes

The 2015 Colloquium on the Environment, a featured event of 
Science Communications Month 2015, is Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and co-author of the critically acclaimed book Merchants of Doubt. An informal reception will be held after the colloquium in the Hintz Family Center.

We highly recommend attending if you are available and ask that you help us promote the event by sharing this poster with your co-workers or posting it on your bulletin boards. Click on the image for a downloadable copy.

Upcoming Events

HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
6-7 p.m.

Penn State Community Garden, MorningStar Solar Home
5 p.m.
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