Al Matyasovsky, who worked at Penn State's Office of Physical Plant since 1984 and served as the program manager of Central Support Services for the past 3 years, retired on June 30.

Al was seen as a mentor by many during his time at Penn State, as well as a leader in recycling reform at the University and an advocate of Green Teams. We will all miss his passion in shaping the future of sustainability at the University.

For more of Al's legacy, please read this article from the Centre County Gazette and watch out for an upcoming profile piece from Penn State News.
The COMMunity Green Team has organized an event for the entire College of Communications to reduce built-up clutter in records, both paper and digital.

The event, named "Toss it, Shred it, Trash it!", will occur Wednesday, July 22. Participating faculty and staff will be allowed a casual dress day and provided free pizza, and awards will be given to those who "toss, shred or trash" the most.

Read  this article for ideas on planning your own downsizing day.
Penn State cuts energy use by a third during energy test

Thanks to Penn State Office of Physical Plant, faculty, staff and Green Teams members like yourselves, Penn State was able to reduce its energy load by 31% during the Emergency Demand Response test on June 25. 

The Student Affairs Green Team ran their first successful day of service on May 21, with roughly 50 faculty and staff volunteering for several service projects both on and off campus. 

On June 18, the leader of the Catholic 
Church published his encyclical, "Laudato Si," calling for a change in the attitudes and actions of humanity towards the environment and drawing international media attention.

For a brief summary of the encyclical, check out this article from the Washington PostFor a more complete summary, check out this two-part series from Sustainable Brands .
Summer Cleaning
Have you come across any old CDs, cassette tapes, home movies, etc; and been unsure whether to toss or recycle them? It turns out that large Best Buy stores, such as the one at 1650 N Atherton St. in State College, can collect and recycle these items, and many old electronics, for you at no charge. This keeps these plastics out of the landfill and processed into new materials.
Upcoming Events

College of Communications: Toss it, Trash it, Shred it!
Carnegie Building
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Penn State Community Garden/Morning Star Home
6 - 7 p.m.

Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
11:30 p.m. - 1 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 |