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Centre Daily Times
Sarah Rafacz
Down the hill from Beaver Stadium on Penn State’s campus sits a home, but not an ordinary one. It’s a 100 percent renewable energy-powered home, called MorningStar Solar Home. No one lives there; it was built for the 2007 Solar Decathlon and utilized for educational purposes. On Wednesday, the home hosted a discussion for about a dozen students on the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team and David Tulauskas, sustainability director for General Motors.
Onward State
Lexi Shimkonis
Welcome to day two of conference weekend at Penn State. Today, the seventh annual TEDxPSU conference will bring together leaders and innovators for a one-day series following State of State’s day-long forum yesterday. We’re live from Schwab Auditorium all day so check here for updates and coverage on each of the speakers. 2:41 p.m.: Academics Program Fellow from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute Peter Buckland is next on stage, here to discuss thrash metal. “Those things that might be really hard to listen to are things that we HAVE to listen to,” Buckland said of thrash metal music, which most of us admittedly wouldn’t willingly listen to. 2:50 p.m.: Buckland is highlighting the political statements that exist in thrash metal and pointed out that these bands fear for a world that may be taken over by global warming, and they are way ahead of the rest of us.
Underground
Kaleah Mcilwain
On Saturday, February 12th Penn State students, faculty and alumni came together for the fourth annual State of State conference, titled “Innovate the State,” with the goal of fostering conversation about innovation in a non-traditional way. The event, which was held in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Roberson Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featured 15 speakers who challenged the audience to think, discuss, and ultimately take action on the issues and ideas that were presented. The next group of presenters touched on “Sustainable Practices” that have been and could be implemented at Penn State. Those presenting were or are involved in supplying sustainable resources here on campus.
Daily Collegian
Julie Biertempfel
Starting promptly at noon, the second session of State of State's "Innovate the State" kicked off with words from Doug Goodstein. Goodstein, the primary contact within the Institute for Student Affairs, was the first speaker under the theme of sustainability practices. He brought his expertise to this conference by speaking about the increasingly important shift to sustainability on campus.
Centre Daily Times
Min Xian
Half a dozen Penn State student representatives of Climate Reality Campus Corp gathered on Old Main lawn Thursday. It is part of their campaign to see all of University Park campus’s electricity come from renewable sources. Emma Tilton, a faculty coordinator of the Climate Reality Campus Corps, said the campaign presented its proposal for Penn State to switch to renewable electricity to President Eric Barron last Friday.
Centre Daily Times
Britney Milazzo
In the midst of an anti-Donald Trump rally at Penn State on Tuesday also came a demonstration that generally doesn’t get much attention in central Pennsylvania — one that protests the Dakota Access pipeline. On Tuesday, a group of people held a march on campus in conjunction with the larger national Day of Action against the DAPL.
Onward State
Claire Fountas
Just a few years ago they were a couple of kids sitting around a table with nothing but an idea. Now, they’re 40 members strong and have been successful in beginning a large series of environmental sustainability solutions on campus. Members of Penn State’s Student Farm Club have changed the idea of what it means to be environmentally friendly on a college campus.
StateCollege.com
Claire Fountas
Just a few years ago they were a couple of students sitting around a table with nothing but an idea. Now, they're 40 members strong and have been successful in beginning a large series of environmental sustainability solutions on the University Park campus. Members of Penn State's Student Farm Club have changed the idea of what it means to be environmentally friendly on a college campus.
The Daily Collegian
Aubree Rader
Two names that will be on the ballot tomorrow are Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Pence offers a diverse background in politics with his past roles in various government offices. In regards to the environment, he denies climate change and is in support of oil drilling in the oceans.
StateCollege.com
Geoff Rushton
As a Penn State student, Cliff Hamilton got the ball rolling four years ago for Lion's Pantry, a food bank on campus for students in need.
The Daily Collegian
Abbi Sales
In past years, the class gift has usually been an object, but following last year’s example, this year’s class gift is something more. On Oct, 26, the 2017 Class Gift Campaign executive committee revealed the 2017 gift: funding support for Lion’s Pantry, an on campus food pantry for financially struggling students. The funding is aimed to help some of college-aged youths focus on school instead of worrying about where their next meal may come from.
Onward State
Lexi Shimkonis
The Senior Class Gift Committee announced the 2017 Class Gift this afternoon in the HUB: Permanent, annual funding for Penn State’s Lion’s Pantry. The senior class voted and ultimately selected what seemed to be the most popular, supported option in giving to one of Penn State’s important services instead of a physical memorial.
The Daily Collegian
Antonia Jaramillo
Quirky, queer Quaker, Peterson Toscano, shed light on topics such as homosexuality, transgender issues, religion and climate change last night at 7 p.m. in Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Center. “Peterson is a person who is so many of the issues that are being discussed in today’s society — LGBT issues, religion issues and climate change — and he’s so relatable and so approachable that he’s able to make the divisions in our country seem irrelevant,” said Peter Buckland, the Sustainability Institute’s academic programs fellow.
The Daily Collegian
Bailey Jensen
For the students who are involved in the Vegetarian Club, living with dietary restrictions doesn’t feel like a restriction at all. They are committed to lifestyle they believe in. While Penn State struggled to provide enough dining options for its vegetarian and vegan students only three years ago, the University has made a substantial amount of progress toward diversifying the food they offer.
StateCollege.com
Gabriella Stevenson
Now that production is in full swing at Penn State’s one-acre Student Farm, The Student Farm Club will host its first Harvest Festival for the community on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The festival is free and open to the public.
Her Campus
Gina Escandon
If you thought Malala was amazing, you’ve got to check out Neha Gupta. This incredible woman is the first American to win the International Children’s Peace Prize for her founding of Empower Orphans (which she founded at 9-years-old), an organization whose actions have drastically improved the rights of children globally. She urges youth around the world to be igniters of change, and her endless list of social justice accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.
The Daily Collegian
Emma Kauffman
Spending more than 20 minutes on campus without hearing the phrase, “are you registered to vote at Penn State?” has become a rarity. Many students are unaware that the people asking students if they are registered to vote are employees of NextGen Climate Pennsylvania. According to Aleigha Cavalier, a Communications Director with NextGen Climate, the goal is to “educate students and getting students to commit to vote.” Focused on how climate change is a crucial issue in this year’s election, Jared DeLoof, Youth Vote Director for NextGen Climate Pennsylvania in State College said, “this election is crucial” and the goal of NextGen Climate is “empowering young people to make a change in their community.”
WPSU
Min Xian
Chances are you have passed by Penn State’s one acre Student Farm without even knowing it. “The farm site is located at a really interesting intersection of 322 and cow pasture," Leslie Pillen said. She points to the highway nearby. "So you have large trucks – semis – driving by on one side and cows – sometimes horses, too – on the other.”
The Daily Collegian
Kelly Chartrand
Deanna Spaniel and Ben Nason, co-founders of the Blue and White Chips Company, won the first place $7,500 prize in the Ag Springboard annual competition on Thursday, April 14. Held by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the competition judges teams who develop and pitch innovative business plans which address needs in fields from food to agriculture to bio-products and energy.

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