Want to learn more about climate
change impacts and solutions; challenges to our local watershed; affordable, energy-efficient housing development and more, while feasting on free lunch? The Council of Sustainable Leaders will be hosting showcases every Friday this semester to inspire and make connections between faculty research, personal and professional interest, and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. A selected speaker will give a thirty-minute talk followed by discussion. Showcases are held on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Life Sciences Building. Join other passionate Penn Staters in broadening the discussion around sustainability.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Save the date for the 2017 Penn State EcoChallenge! From October 11-25, we ask you to choose one action to reduce your impact and stick with it for two weeks. 
 
The EcoChallenge is a fun and easy way for Green  Team members to showcase their leadership and involve other Penn Staters. Penn State is currently in 3rd place in the national challenge with 66 participating members. In last year's EcoChallenge, the largest team had 580 participants. Let's break that record and get to first place! The challenge is free and open to everyone. 
 
Sign up now  and use  these resources (email templates, flyers, and more)  to share this event with others.
 
The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The goal is to get governments, the private sector, NGO's, and society aligning around the seventeen most critical global problems that urgently need to be solved. Each goal will be explored in upcoming issues of this AIR newsletter.

Penn State EcoChallenge Pledges
Brandon Rothrock, senior, Geography major  
"Ecochallenge is an amazing way to customize your own sustainability goal and share your experiences with the broader Penn State Community. I am eager to use EcoChallenge to focus more on my health and well-being."

Daniella Espinoza, junior, Environmental Resource Management major (at right)

"I am very excited to participate Penn State's first EcoChallenge. This is a time to work together and prove how great of an impact we can make. I will visit seafoodwatch.org and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean. I can't wait to see other people's challenges!" 

What will your EcoChallenge be?

 
At University Park, students, faculty, staff and visitors are now offered a healthy, convenient, and carbon-free method to get around campus. Transportation Services has partnered with Zagster, the largest and fastest-growing bike sharing provider in the United State, to launch the new bike share program here at University Park that includes 85 bikes across seventeen stations.
 
Zagster's bicycles feature eight gears, automatic lights, a bell, and a handy front basket. This carbon-free transportation is a visible way to show Penn State's commitment to sustainability. Low cost memberships are currently available.


 

When tragedy strikes, as it has with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many lives and livelihoods are threatened, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, where residents have fewer resources to rebound from the hurricane's destruction and the likelihood of exposure to pollutants is higher. For many, hearing climate deniers unwilling to connect the magnitude of these events with climate change is frustrating, especially when the need for action is so great. To help prompt discussion about this issue, Climate Access suggests starting with concern and compassion for those who are suffering, before explaining climate change as an amplifier of these extreme events and emphasizing the solutions are possible. Building local dialogues around these issues is the first step towards prevention, preparedness, and improved disaster response.
Upcoming Events
SEP
13
Foxdale Auditorium, 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College
7-9 p.m.
SEP
15
Third floor, Huck Life Sciences Bridge
12-1:30 p.m.
SEP
21
1-2 p.m.
SEP
22
Third floor, Huck Life Sciences Bridge
12-1:30 p.m.
SEP
23
The Great Insect Fair
Snider Agricultural Arena
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Check out our calendar for more sustainability-related events.
            
CONNECT
Lydia Vandenbergh
 (814) 863-4893
lydia
@psu.edu