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In the Media: Outreach

Centre Daily Times
Britney Milazzo
More than 100 acres of land sits behind Bellefonte Area High School, and teacher Myken Poorman is looking to develop 2 to 3 acres for educational and community use. The idea includes retrofitting a farmhouse and garden by implementing sustainable designs to allow district and community members to interact with and benefit from — all while working in partnership with Penn State students to find a model for growth, develop a master plan and create best practices for implementation for students.
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program will hold a workshop to educate businesses about how to save money by becoming more energy efficient. The all-day Facility Operations Workshop will take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
Centre Daily
Roger Van Scyoc
According to the Department of Energy, the average U.S. household could save up to 30 percent on its annual utility bills with a home energy audit. Even simple tweaks, such as replacing incandescent bulbs with LED or fluorescent lighting, can add up in savings. The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program plans to host a workshop educating businesses on how to take the hacks from the home to the workplace. The Facility Operations Workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
Reading Eagle
Marylouise Sholly
If you've ever wondered if a turtle has ears, Matt Marsden would be your go-to guy. Marsden is an environmental educator with the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center of Penn State University. Educators from the center are presenting programs every day at the Pennsylvania Farm Show to explain the center's goals and programs, and, hopefully, foster a greater appreciation of the natural world. The Center will hold a program at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Main Floor.
Caroline Newman
Amid uncertainty about how President-elect Donald Trump's administration will address climate change and the Paris Agreement struck last spring, many of those concerned about climate change are debating how to move forward, both within and outside the political arena. Thomas Bateman, a professor of management in the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, offers insight into leadership strategies that are not only effective, but required when facing big, complex issues like climate change. Bateman, who directs the Commerce School's leadership minor, studies proactivity and what it takes to accomplish extremely long-term goals – those that may take decades or even a century to reach. Along with former UVA environmental science professor Michael Mann, now Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, he co-wrote a paper, "The Supply of Climate Leaders Must Grow," recently published in the academic journal Nature Climate Change.
Pittsburgh Business Times
Lydia Nuzum
Thomas Bartnik has been named director of the The Penn State Center Pittsburgh, succeeding retiring Deno DeCiantis effective Jan. 1. Bartnik most recently served as executive director at Pittsburgh Green Innovators. A certified urban planner and LEED accredited professional, Bartnik also served as director of planning and design at the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh.
Centre Daily Times
Lori Falce
The federal government is putting a big chunk of funding into an agriculture project at Penn State. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture unveiled a $6.7 million catalog of grants going to 18 different projects, most at universities around the country. The projects all address how the agro-ecosystem affects food production. Penn State picked up a $471,324 grant for a project titled “Polycultures: Using Biodiversity to Increase Crop Productivity and Resiliency While Reducing the Agrochemical Footprint for Systems.”
Centre Daily Times
Roger Van Scyoc
There’s been a wealth of research covering the effects of another creeping problem, a planet slowly retching of a silent fever. Climate change, President Barack Obama has said, is the most pressing problem for future generations both at home and abroad. His Clean Power Plan, announced last summer, has been his signature effort in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in beginning to make good on the promises of last year’s Paris climate accord. It is one of the key components of our own mitigation strategy here in the U.S., and diplomatically, it’s really what allowed us to establish a historical agreement with China two years ago,” said Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State.
Patty Satalia
Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans recognize the urgency of acting on human-induced climate change. Why then haven't we done more as a nation to address the problem? Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann says politicians are doing the bidding of powerful fossil fuel interests while ignoring the long-term good of the people they’re supposed to represent.
More than 140 Penn State students will showcase projects dealing with local sustainability topics during the Campus and Community Sustainability Expo, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the State College Municipal Building. The students partnered with local government and community organizations during the fall semester to research and propose sustainable solutions addressing needs of the surrounding area.
The Daily Collegian
Antonia Jaramillo
Author, storyteller and former journalist Seamus McGraw expressed the importance of listening to people with different views yesterday in Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library. Hosted by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the event was titled, “Conversation in the Age of Climate Change with Seamus McGraw.”
The Daily Collegian
Kara Fesolovich
Penn State and the entire state of Pennsylvania holds deep roots that lead back to coal. Some regions of the state have even been coined coal country. This was reiterated by member of the Penn State Sustainability Institute, Peter Buckland, who introduced the documentary showing of “After Coal” at the State Theatre with a brief history of what coal means to Pennsylvania.
Lindsey Mather
Before you go Christmas tree shopping, check out these five popular varieties that stand out from the crowd. No matter which type you end up with, make sure it’s fresh when you’re at the tree lot. A good test: Feel a branch to see if any needles fall off, a sign of dryness. And once you bring it home, be sure to follow our tips for keeping your tree healthy all season long. For a Long-Lasting Look . . .Fraser firs hold needles well and stay fresh longer than most other Christmas tree species—you can keep one on display for up to six weeks, says Ricky Bates, professor of horticulture at Penn State University. Plus, the blue-green needles have a nice scent.
A screening of the documentary “After Coal” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the State Theatre. Co-sponsors of the event include Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Center for Global Studies, Sierra Club Moshannon, and the Rock Ethics Institute. The screening is free and open to the public.
The Huffington Post
Alexander Kaufman
Under Donald Trump’s presidency, oil and gas pipelines ― including the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access conduits ― will crisscross the United States. Environmental protections will be scrapped, not one by one, but in a complete regulatory overhaul. The country will re-evaluate, if not toss out, the historic climate accord reached in Paris last year. Fewer government watchdogs will police pollution. “To quote James Hansen,” said Michael. E. Mann, professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, citing the famed climate scientist, “I fear this may be game over for the climate.”
The Snapper
Allison Remis
There’s many who discredit and disagree with climate scientists’ findings although the scientific community, as a whole, has accepted that climate change is real. Perhaps the biggest issue facing climate scientists, however, isn’t public denial of their findings, but corporate interests. We then meet Dr. Michael E. Mann, a Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, who received threats for his scientific findings on climate change. “Hatred and fear is, in fact, organized and funded by few players,” Mann states, citing Koch Industries and other fossil fuel industries for paying off Republican politicians in exchange for their refusal to pass legislation to transition into clean energy.
USA Today
Doyle Rice
Think you aren't personally responsible for climate change? Think again. The average American causes about 600 square feet of Arctic sea ice to vanish each year, according to a study released Thursday, and something as simple as your summer road trip may be to blame. "The article confirms some of my worst fears," said Penn State meteorologist Michael Mann, who was not involved in the study. He said the study shows that the model simulations typically relied upon to predict climate change impacts like sea ice loss "have indeed erred on the side of being overly conservative."
The Daily Collegian
Lauren Lee
While Leonardo DiCaprio is most notably known for his acting career, having starred in several movies such as "The Titanic", "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and the Oscar winning film "The Revenant", another one of DiCaprio's interests is speaking about climate change. DiCaprio is a longtime environmentalist who was selected to be an U.N. Messenger of Peace with a focus on climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ki-moon in 2014.
Centre Daily Times
Leon Valsechi
A panel of Penn State climate scientists gathered at Penn State Wednesday night to screen and discuss the climate change film “Before the Flood.” The film, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens, is a feature-length documentary released in October, which takes DiCaprio on a global tour of the front lines of climate change.
The Guardian
Oliver Milman
Climate change has been the elephant in the room during the past two US presidential debates. Ignoring this issue would be more understandable if this metaphorical pachyderm weren’t about to rampage through the lives of Americans, causing upheaval on a scale not seen since the start of human civilization. “It’s like a sort of collective cowardice,” said Emanuel of the omission. Michael Mann, another prominent climate scientist at Penn State, added: “One has to wonder if television networks are compromised by the millions of advertising dollars they take from fossil fuel interests.”