Sustainability

Sustainability community program expands across Commonwealth with PepsiCo funds

Five Penn State campuses have been awarded PepsiCo Challenge Mini Grants to expand community engagement efforts through Penn State’s Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC). Penn State Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Behrend and Brandywine will take part in a three-year pilot program to expand the SCC to Penn State communities outside of University Park.

Beaver community garden

Penn State Beaver student Marney Haddad plucks ripe tomatoes from the campus garden. The produce is donated to the Salvation Army and fills campus-supported agriculture subscriptions purchased by faculty, staff and students.

New engine design powers Behrend Supermileage vehicle to 2,418 mpg

Powered by a new engine, Penn State Behrend’s Society of Automotive Engineers club team vehicle finished second in this year’s International Supermileage Challenge, held June 8-9 at the Eaton Corporation’s Marshall Proving Grounds test track. The vehicle traveled 2,418 miles on one gallon of gas.

'Good Food Revolution' comes to Penn State Behrend

Will Allen operates Growing Power, the nation's preeminent urban farm. He will discuss his work there, and his book, "The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities," when the Speaker Series at Penn State Behrend resumes Nov. 9.

Will Allen

Urban farmer and author Will Allen will discuss "The Good Food Revolution" when Penn State Behrend's Speaker Series resumes Nov. 9.

Penn State's Reinvention Fund invests $100K in student sustainability projects

In October 2013, the Sustainability Institute announced its new internal grant program, The Reinvention Fund, intended to support collaborative projects by faculty, staff and students that will improve and expand sustainability efforts at Penn State. Of the more than $700,000 allocated for investment in these projects, $102,000 has been dedicated to support proposals received by student teams. Twenty-two proposals were received from interdisciplinary student teams, and 11 were selected to be funded. The funded proposals represent innovative ideas from four of Penn State's campuses -- Abington; Berks; Erie, The Behrend College; and University Park.