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What are the Pathways to a Sustainable Pittsburgh? Meet Dr. Patricia Demarco

Posted by on April 17, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

As Earth Day arrives, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the University Libraries, the Palmer Museum of Art, and Rock Ethics Institute are thrilled to host Dr. Patrica DeMarco. DeMarco has been a leading environmental and public health advocate for thirty years. Most recently, she is the author of Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh. SCHEDULE Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm: Dr. DeMarco will join Dr. Peter Buckland at the screening of Plastic Paradise at Penn State’s Flex Theatre in the...

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When Nurses talk with Architects: Teaching Health, Building Design, and Sustainability

Posted by on March 15, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Please join Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Hamer Center for Community Design, and the College of Nursing would like to invite you to a late-morning discussion on teaching, health, design, and sustainability. The Hamer Center for Community Design, Stuckeman Building 11 am on Thursday, March 21st We will be joined by visiting professor of Nursing, Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy of Villanova University. Dr. McDermott-Levy focuses on environmental and planetary health. She will join Dr. Lisa Iulo and staff from the Hamer Center and...

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Defending Our Future: David Titley to Headline Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium

Posted by on February 27, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

It’s time to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 12th, the date of “Defending Our Future,” PERC’s Spring Conference on Penn State’s University Park campus. It will feature Rear Admiral Dave Titley, founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk as our keynote speaker followed by panels, speakers, and a poster session. Dr. Titley has spoken across the country and throughout the world on the importance of climate change as it relates to National Security. He has served...

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Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management @ Penn State

Posted by on February 27, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

From the Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) Applications are now open for the 6th Annual Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management, which will take place 30 July – 3 August 2018 at Penn State. The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management’s (SCRiM) annual summer school is designed to foster opportunities for collaboration between scholars and practitioners while providing a solid foundation in the broad, multidisciplinary knowledge, tools, and methods of the diverse fields...

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Creating a Curriculum for Mission-Driven Business Education with Eban Goodstein

Posted by on February 20, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Over the last year, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute has been collaborating with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC). The SCC is an independent organization bringing faculty from around the world together to bring sustainability into classrooms, onto campuses through living labs, and into community, business, and policy engagement. They regularly host webinars sustainability curriculum that you might find of use. As part of our ongoing collaboration, we invite you to attend their regular webinars. On Monday March 5th at...

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Want to make an integrative studies course for sustainability at Penn State? We’re here to help.

Posted by on February 5, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

We have a great opportunity to transform the university’s general education curriculum for sustainability. The Office of General Education is supporting the development of Integrative Studies courses. Read last week’s story in Penn State News. Because sustainability is inherently interdisciplinary and championed by the most imaginative people, we hope our faculty across the university will consider developing an Interdomain course or linked courses with other faculty. Whether you want to make a class on music about climate change, an...

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A reflection on David Orr’s critique of “technological sustainability”

Posted by on December 6, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

At Penn State, we define sustainability as “the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.” As many authors, practitioners, and critics note, the term remains blurry. Said another way, any “discussion of sustainability which refers to definitions is pointless without an understanding of how the definitions operationalized.” What are we pointing it at? Since we often orient sustainability toward technologies and technocratic...

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A Student Shares Her First Perspectives on Environmental Justice

Posted by on November 16, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

From time to time we like to share student writing on sustainability. This piece is by Allyson Ulsh, a sophomore majoring in Environmental Resource Management. She is also the Family Relations Captain for the 2018 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Here, she shares her thoughts about encountering environmental justice and its relationship to sustainable development, race, and poverty in the United States. * * * Previously, I thought that environmental justice referred to speaking up for the trees, much like the Lorax in the beloved...

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What does sustainability mean to students? Vol. II

Posted by on November 6, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

From time to time we like to share student writing on sustainability. Janelle Thompson is a junior in BioRenewable Systems with minors in Economics and International Agriculture. I hope to pursue a career connecting the STEM aspects of environmental science with policy and environmental justice. Overall, I aim to understand and to help in furthering the Sustainable Development Goals. * * * Before this semester, I had heard the word “sustainability” hundreds of time. Since my environmental class in high school, I was told that...

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What does sustainability mean to students? Vol. I

Posted by on November 6, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

From time to time we like to share student writing on sustainability.Haley Stauffer is a BioRenewable Systems major with minors in International Agriculture and Spanish. She is interested in areas of biomass processing for fuel or consumer products and enjoys participating in water sports, hiking, and traveling. Haley is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in a Microbiology Lab, Event Planner of EcoAction Club, Secretary of the Students for Sustainability Advisory Council and on their Food, Water, and Waste Committee Board, Vice President of...

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#WeAreStillIn, Sustainababble, & Manufactured Consent

Posted by on October 20, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

“They believe that edification is more important than veracity. They believe it profoundly, violently, relentlessly. They preen themselves upon it. To patriotism, as they define it from day to day, all other considerations must yield. That is their pride. And yet what is this but one more among myriad examples of the doctrine that the end justifies the means? A more insidiously misleading rule of conduct was, I believe, never devised among men.” Walter Lippman on the newspapers, Liberty and the News — A few months ago, The...

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Climate Stories: “Talk is the basis of solution.”

Posted by on September 15, 2017 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Recently, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and WPSU completed Climate Stories to get people talking about climate change. As you know, human-caused climate change is one of the most difficult problems we face. We hope you will watch Climate Stories, share it with colleagues and friends, and use it in your classes to get into the issue. This post provides the trailer and a guide for you. The guide is also available as a pdf you can share for free. Climate Stories Funding Trailer from WPSU Creative Services on Vimeo. Climate Stories...

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