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March 26 :
Documentary: "Resistance"
The State Theatre
7 p.m. 

March 27:
Polar Day
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Lydia Vandenbergh
Land and Water Research Building
University Park, PA 16802

March 25th Green Bag Lunch 
"How Diversity Matters"  

What is the connection between sustainability and diversity? How does diversity apply to work and life at Penn State and your You@PSU goals?

On Wednesday, March 25 from noon to 1 p.m., your fellow Educational Equity Green Team will answer these questions, exploring how the mission of diversity ties to unit strategic plans and to your personal You@PSU performance management goals.    


Examples of activities, workshops, discussion questions and videos will be shared.   


Would your Green Team like to find some new members? If so, use the materials below to invite others from your department to join you in watching this presentation via Adobe Connect. All you have to do is reserve a room, add that information to the marketing materials we have provided below, and send them out to your co-workers.   

If you want to track your participation in this Green Bag series, register through the Center for Workplace Learning and Performance (CWLP). 


The presentation will be recorded and available after March 26th on the Green Team Resource webpage under the Sustainability category.  


What's the Buzz?

Did you know that the celebrated honey bee isn't even native to North America? It was brought by European settlers in the early 1600s. Yet there are native bees -- over 4,000 known species in North America -- whose services are worth an estimated $3 billion dollars per year to the U.S. economy.


An event hosted by the Penn State Outreach Green Team and planned by WPSU Donor Services Coordinator, Michele Chernega, focused on the importance of native pollinators, and how to attract them to one's garden or home. 

They had a successful turnout of about 40 people and very high engagement.

"Since the event, people have been contacting me for more information which makes me so excited and pleased," said Chernega in an email. 
At the event, speakers suggested planting specific plants or building a bee house to support native pollinators. Participants were surprised to find out how inexpensive and easy it is to support a bee colony.
"The practices suggested can benefit our own gardens, our communities, and even commercial agriculture, for little time and money invested. Win - win - win," Chernega said.

Earth Day is April 22
All across the Commonwealth, Penn State campuses will be bringing together students, faculty, and staff with their communities to celebrate the 45th Annual Earth Day. Come and join in the fun of learning and advocating for a healthier environment and sustainable life. More information will soon be available on  sustainability.psu.edu. In the meantime, please mark your calendar. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015:  
2015 Water Symposium at Penn State

All day
HUB-Robeson Center

Nile Project Demonstration

Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center  

Film: "Plastics Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" 


Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson



Note: Panel discussion to follow at 8 p.m. in Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center 
including a reception and information booths. Screenings 
will also occur at ten of Penn State's Commonwealth campuses. Times and locations TBA.

Thursday, April 23, 2015:

The Nile Project  


7:30 p.m. Eisenhower Auditorium  


Earth Day events are co-sponsored by the Sustainability Institute, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Eco Action student club.

Did you know?  
Is the Environment a Moral Cause? Communicating Climate Change across the Spectrum  

Olimpia Zagnoli          

From the New York Times: According to a recent poll, a large majority of Americans, and roughly half of Republicans, say they support governmental action to address global warming. The poll, conducted by The New York Times, Stanford and the research organization Resources for the Future, stands in stark contrast to the vast partisan gulf in political efforts to address climate change. How could it be that so many Republicans view global warming as a problem, but so few on the right are pressuring the government to take action to address it?



Starve a Landfill - Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
 Image: Peter Arkle  
From the New York Times:  The nation's first citywide composting program based largely on shame began here in January.

City sanitation workers who find garbage cans filled with aging lettuce, leftover pizza or even the box it came in are slapping on bright red tags to inform the offending household (and, presumably, the whole neighborhood) that the city's new composting law has been violated.


San Francisco may have been the first city to make its citizens compost food, but Seattle is the first to punish people with a fine if they don't. In a country that loses about 31 percent of its food to waste, policies like Seattle's are driven by environmental, social and economic pressure. 

Celebrating World Water Day


On March 22, people all over the world celebrated water, our treasured resource that is the foundation of our health, food, energy urbanization, industry, and nature. Each of us needs water to survive, yet about 1 billion people on earth do not have access to drinkable water. That number is equal to three times the US population.


Join other Penn Staters in honoring this resource on Tuesday morning, March 24th at the HUB and March 26th at 6pm in Willard.

This short, entertaining video offers more facts about water as does the World Water Day website. 

Which egg to buy? So many choices but what do the labels mean?    
  Chick and egg
Have you noticed the proliferation of labels on egg cartons these days? Cage-free, organic, free-range,  pasteurized, and pasture-raised are some of the descriptors used. What do they mean? Basically they are describing the living conditions for the hens, what food and drugs they are fed, and how the eggs are processed.

WebMd describes each classification to help you make wise choices and the U.S. Department of Agriculture lays out distinctions as well. Both sources point out whether there is any regulatory teeth behind the terms to help you select the value you desire.