If somebody told you that it's possible to reverse global warming in an economically feasible way, imposing no new carbon tax, nor a hundred more nuclear plants, wouldn't you want to know more?

In 2001, environmentalist Paul Hawken began asking experts for a comprehensive list of solutions to climate change, along with their potential for impact and cost, but such a list didn't exist. Nearly a decade later, after seeing climate change become one of the most controversially discussed subjects, Hawken decided to create a list himself.

"A constant focus on the problem doesn't solve the problem. In order to motivate action on climate change, the focus needs to be on the solutions," said Hawken. As co-founder and executive director of Project Drawdown, he includes a comprehensive plan that maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive and practical solutions to reverse global warming.

How much do you know about solving global warming? Take the Drawdown Quiz.
Paul Hawken will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Colloquium on the Environment. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at the State Theatre. Register to attend. 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the EcoChallenge! With a total of 366 members and 29,847 points, Penn State placed #6 out of 639 teams. The EcoChallenge was a fun and easy way to make a meaningful impact on the environment.

Here are a few of the major impacts we made as a team:
  1. Saved 9,176 gallons of water and 435 pounds of CO2
  2. Prevented 445 plastic bottles from going to the landfill
  3. Consumed 479 meatless meals, 211 whole food meals,105 organic meals, and 41 locally sourced meals
  4. Made 30 phone calls to public officials
  5. Traveled 121 miles by foot
  6. Spent 54 hours outdoors
The Northwest Earth Institute had a record of 12,214 participants from eighty-three countries and stated that "it was the most successful challenge ever."

Be proud of the actions you completed and effort you put into creating a more sustainable world. We hope that through this experience, you realized how small changes in your everyday life can make a big impact on the environment. While EcoChallenge may be over, we hope you'll continue to inspire other Penn Staters to make positive changes. Thank you for joining us in showing Penn State's commitment to sustainability.

A major criticism of the SDGs is that there are too many of them and that it would be impossible to achieve all seventeen goals by 2030. The issue of sustainability is one that belongs to everyone; environmental degradation and depletion of resources are just two global sustainability issues that will affect generations to come.

Check out this animated video featuring actress Emma Watson to learn how you can use your creativity and power help achieve the SDGs.


#3: Good Health and Well-Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all people at all ages.

The overall goal is to eliminate a wide range of diseases and address various emerging health issues. Specific foci include: children's health, maternal mortality, the spread of infectious diseases, and addressing substance abuse and mental disorders. 
Maternal mortality has fallen by almost 50% since 1990; measles vaccines have averted nearly 15.6 million deaths since 2000; and 13.6 million people had access to antiretroviral therapy by the end of 2014.
SDG #3 builds on these successes and creates future aggressive targets to promote health, recognizing the interconnectedness of health to sustainable development.

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. 
When people have access to quality education, they can break from the cycle of poverty. This can empower people to live more healthy and sustainable lives. Education is also crucial to fostering tolerance between people and contributes to more peaceful societies. 

While enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91%, 57 million children remain out of school. Women and girls have a more difficult access to education. These disadvantages translate into lack of skills and limited opportunities in the labor market for young women. 
Education is the key that will allow many other SDGs to be achieved.
Upcoming Events
Third floor, Huck Life Sciences Bridge 
12-1:30 p.m. 
16 Borland Building
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Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library
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Foxdale Auditorium, 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College 
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State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen Street 
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Sustainability Showcase: Central PA USGBC
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Lydia Vandenbergh
 (814) 863-4893