Sustainability

Eight Commonwealth Campuses highlight sustainability efforts at regional forum

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.

Trash to Treasure sale returns May 11 to Penn State Behrend

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.

Strategic Plan seed grant helping gardens to grow at Beaver, Behrend campuses

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.

Making wind farms more efficient

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.