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In the Media: Commonwealth Campuses
Jim Hook
The Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum is treating some of its specimen, or valuable, ash trees and removing others too badly infested, according to Beth Brantley, instructor of forest technology at Penn State Mont Alto. Established in 1903, the forestry school's collection contains more than 1,000 trees representing 174 species. The outlook is grim, but not hopeless.
Farm and Dairy
With guidance from Michael Naber, lecturer in geosciences, and code developed by two other Penn State Behrend students, Abel Lopez and Alexander Yochim, he created a web-based map with interactive data points for each tree, bench and memorial plaque in the park.
Reading Eagle
Susan Shelly
Karin Wulkowicz of Cumru Township has been named as Berks County's first master watershed steward coordinator and will lead the county's new Master Watershed Steward program, set to start next year. The program is through the Penn State Extension and works much like the popular Master Gardener program that's been in place in Berks County for years.
What does the study of honey bees have to do with pollen variations and seasonal allergies? Science major Cassandra Darnell hopes to find out, through an ongoing independent study she is conducting on the honey bees that she brought to Penn State Berks. In the spring of 2016, Darnell set up four bee boxes at the Berks campus. She brought two of her bee boxes with established colonies, each approximately 50,000 strong, and two additional colonies, that she purchased for the project, with 10,000-member packages.
The Courier Express
Eric Hrin
People could make bird feeders Wednesday at the Penn State DuBois campus, but no nails, boards or hammers were needed. Josh Edler of DuBois showed how to make simple bird feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed during the university’s Earth Day celebration. He was on hand at one of 17 stations for the event, which was presented by the Green Team and Eco Club in the Multi-Purpose Building Gymnasium.
Republican Herald
Amy Marchiano
Lane McMullin could have been outside Saturday morning enjoying the warm weather, but he wanted to learn more about how to care for the environment. McMullin, 66, of Blythe Township, was one of about 80 people who attended a program titled “Woods in Your Backyard” at the Health and Wellness building at the Penn State Schuylkill.
Waste 360
Michele Nestor
Glass is at the very heart of longstanding recycling programs. Yet the need to surgically extract glass to keep our recycling systems alive is a decision we’ve been asked to consider. Regardless of your role in the recycling industry, it is hard to sidestep the topic.
Penn State Extension
The Allegheny County Department of Parks is again offering its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday season. Residents of the county can drop off their Christmas trees beginning on Saturday, December 26, 2015 through Saturday, January 16, 2016 at all nine regional parks during regular hours of operation (dawn to dusk).
Penn State Medecine
Jade Kelly Solovey
The Hippocratic Oath says first, do no harm. This pledge is exemplified by not only the physicians at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center but also facilities staff who maintain the campus grounds. The campus is undergoing an ongoing transformation to beautify the grounds and create a sustainable and environmentally-friendly campus. Changes are incorporating more native plants which have less environmental impact and addressing safety concerns.
The Daily Athenaeum
Jordan Miller
This semester alone, the West Virginia University student organization Engineers Without Borders has logged 576 service hours, with the intent to break 600 by the end of finals week. The organization, composed of engineers from all backgrounds and specialties, has completed several service projects both abroad and in the Morgantown area. Last year, EWB partnered with Penn State Harrisburg, taking a group of students to the Dominican Republic to collect data for a project focused on water filtration.
Pennsylvania Ag Connection
The community at Penn State Schuylkill created a garden this past summer with funding received in 2014 from the Penn State Sustainability Institute Reinvention Fund, the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, and the Campus Research and Scholarship Award from the Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board. The garden, part of the campus sustainability program Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain (EPICS), is available for campus and public use.
Gant Daily
Some students enrolled in the earth sciences Bachelor’s degree program at Penn State DuBois recently had the chance to see much of their classroom learning brought to life. During a weekend field trip to Pennsylvania’s Valley Ridge Region, near State College, Instructor in Earth Sciences Patrick Applegate introduced students to real-world examples of geological phenomena that tell the story of Earth’s history.
For the second consecutive year, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has earned Tree Campus USA® recognition. Penn State Behrend is one of just nine colleges or universities in Pennsylvania to be recognized and the only school in northwestern Pennsylvania to earn the distinction.
Penn State New Kensington
Two more Penn State New Kensington staff members were recognized recently in “We Are,” a new weekly feature of the daily email publication, Penn State Today. Kevin Churik, information technology generalist, was featured April 22, and Jennifer Marino, assistant director for financial aid, was highlighted May 19. “We Are” is a University-wide initiative that was launched in February to provide students, faculty and staff with a platform to give kudos to fellow Penn Staters for work that goes above and beyond their job duties or responsibilities. In addition to his work responsibilities, Churik is the coach of the Team IT, a campus Green Paws team. Sponsored by the Penn State Sustainability Institute, Green Paws are groups of faculty and staff volunteering to take specific actions to help their offices or departments operate in a more efficient, innovative, and healthy way. The groups work in conjunction with the institute’s Green Paws program to earn certificates of achievement. New Kensington is the only Penn State campus with 100 percent participation by its faculty and staff.
The Morning Call
Jennifer Sheehan
Behind Allentown's oldest home, a revolutionary idea is sprouting. Growing towers, a way to vertically raise organic vegetables and fruits, have been erected on a sunny spot in the yard of the historic Trout Hall at Fifth and Hamilton streets. Trout Hall is one of two sites in the city that will have the growing towers; the other will be the YMCA on S. 15th Street, which is scheduled to get its towers next week. Rodale Institute officials hope the produce grown on the towers will be made available to city residents. "That's the objective," says William Hacker, a Penn State master gardener who will be one of the volunteers tending the towers at Trout Hall.
Penn State New Kensington
A pandemic is infecting Penn State New Kensington. It started in 2011 and methodically spread to every office and department on campus. It feeds off the host until the office turns “green.” It is called “Green Paws,” and fortunately, there is no known cure.
On April 24, PepsiCo Recycling announced Penn State Berks finished in third place in the nationwide PepsiCo Campus Recycling Challenge, earning a grand prize of $5,000 and solidifying the school as a national recycling champion. The college will hold a celebration for the campus community on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 1–3 p.m. on the Perkins Plaza, outside the Perkins Student Center.
The Times-Tribune
Steve Ward
Both Earth Day and Arbor Day will be celebrated next week. For anyone interested in home horticulture, these two days are of great significance. April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Most consider this the beginning of the modern-day environmental movement. That’s when people drove big gas- guzzling cars, industry grew without regard to any consequences and air pollution was common and accepted as a sign of prosperity.
Hundreds of people hit the campus of Penn State Shennango Saturday for the school’s annual Earth Fest. Even though Earth Day isn’t until April 22, the campus gets the fun and education going early to build up momentum prior to the worldwide event.
The Observer Reporter
Penn State Extension will hold a Composting Demonstration and Discussion at 10 a.m. April 25 in the Children’s Garden, Main Street Extension, Washington, across from the Washington County Fairgrounds.