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.
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.
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.
More than 1,100 Erie County students attended the Children’s Water Festival at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The event is designed to teach students the importance of ground water, surface water, watersheds, water quality and water conservation through dynamic, hands-on activities.
The end-of-semester Trash to Treasure indoor yard sale at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will again benefit bargain-hunters, the environment and United Way of Erie County. The sale will be held in Erie Hall on Saturday, May 13.
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.
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.