Student Affairs Green Team explores Nature Inn at Bald Eagle  
 
In March, the Student Affairs Green Team, along with members of the Student Sustainability Advisory Council, recently took a tour of the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park to learn about its various sustainability features.
 
The Inn was awarded Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council and serves as a showcase for the latest green technologies. The Inn's features include reduced stormwater runoff, habitat restoration, water-efficient landscaping, solar thermal hot water system, low-VOC paints and carpeting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and FSC-certified wood furniture to name a few.   

Green Team members also learned that the Inn utilizes Green Seal Certified cleaning products, locally sourced dairy and farm products when feasible, and serves Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee.

Nothing celebrates the arrival of summer more than firing up the grill for a barbecue complete with ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken. But did you know these foods also come with a cost? A carbon cost.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report on food and climate-warming pollution in the U.S. which includes a list of ten common foods that are considered to be climate-damaging due to CO2 emissions related to their production.



Do you throw away a lot of the food you buy? A study of U.S. consumers' awareness of food waste indicates that up to forty percent of post-harvest food is thrown away. Fresh fruits and vegetables were found to be the most wasted as they tend to bruise, brown, wilt, oxidize, ding, or discolor.

Savethefood.com offers tips   on how to revive wilted, stale, salty, burned, and overcooked foods, and discusses the benefits of freezing food. You can also learn how to store food properly and maximize the shelf life of your produce.

Wind down your Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts weekend with a visit to Penn State's Student Farm. Community members and their families are invited to "Art on the Acre" from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, located on the farm's one-acre site near the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow roads.
The free event will feature flower-pot painting, student-led tours of the farm, and fresh, healthy snacks. Tours of the site will include educational opportunities to learn about different varieties of vegetables, how food is grown, and how food gets from the farm to the table.

Upcoming Events
 
JUl
16

Spring Creek Canyon
2-5 p.m.
 
Student Farm at Penn State
4-6 p.m.
JUL
19
Spring Creek Canyon
6-9 p.m.  
JUL
20

1-2 p.m.

N-201 Millennium Science Complex 
4-5 p.m.
JUL
23
Poe Paddy Tunnel
2-5 p.m.

JUL
26
12-1 p.m.
 
Poe Paddy Tunnel
6-9 p.m.
 

Check out our calendar for more sustainability-related events.
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Lydia Vandenbergh
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