The Sustainability Institute hosted the first of three forums at Penn State Beaver on May 7. Faculty, staff, students, and other leaders gathered to learn about the variety of activities, events, research and other programs taking place throughout the Commonwealth Campuses to advance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the University's strategic plan.
The annual Trash to Treasure sale returns to Penn State Behrend on Saturday, May 11, providing students and community members an opportunity to recycle reusable items that they no longer need. The initiative, run through Penn State Behrend Athletics and the Office of Sustainability, aims to keep useful items out of the waste stream while raising money for United Way of Erie County.
With the University implementing a funding model to develop projects that align with Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, and following the success of the Sustainable Food Systems Program at University Park, a two-year, $158,000 seed grant was awarded in 2017 to pilot agriculture and food systems initiatives at the Beaver and Behrend campuses, in support of the plan’s priority to transform education.
With energy demands rising, researchers at Penn State Behrend and the University of Tabriz, Iran, have completed an algorithm — or approach — to design more efficient wind farms, helping to generate more revenue for builders and more renewable energy for their customers.
Penn State Behrend alumna Faith Kindig saw a need for a year-round, indoor farmer's market in downtown Erie. With support from the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network, she's now planning a grand opening.