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Penn Live
Deb Kiner
Penn State College of Medicine students will lead the seventh annual Kiss Hershey Back! Derry Township cleanup day 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26. Kiss Hershey Back! is a township-wide cleanup effort. During the event, community members will clean up streets and other public areas in an effort to beautify the greater Hershey area.
Jenna Abate
Kyle Johnson, a junior at Penn State, just came back from a life-changing spring break trip to Panama. He didn't stay on a luxurious resort but instead stayed with a local family and taught them how to build greenhouses in communities that have been long suffering from malnourishment. Just as Johnson and his group were preparing to leave, the mother of their home-stay family thanked them for building greenhouses for their homes.
Republican Herald
Thomas Leskin
In celebration of Earth Week, Penn State Schuylkill, along with local companies and organizations, participated in the annual Eco Fair on Thursday at the campus. The event was originally planned for Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather. Although it wasn't held on Earth Day this year, it still attracted many to the campus mall walk to learn about products that come from recycled materials, solar panels that convert light energy into electric energy and sustainability.
Katie Jacobs
Everyone knows it’s better for the environment to shut down computers when they’re not in use. But Lydia Vandenbergh, associate director of employee engagement at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, said there are many other things employees can do to make their IT resources more sustainable — from recycling old gadgets to changing the font on printed documents.
The Associated Press
Penn State is among 10 universities getting grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture study what climate change means to agriculture and devise strategies for helping Pennsylvania State University old main farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes.
The Herald
Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents. Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration. Saturday’s event was bolstered by sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, as folks lined up to enjoy Penn State Berkey Creamery Ice Cream and a wide array of activities.
Jessica Nath
This Earth Day, volunteers are taking Point State Park back in time to the French & Indian War — or at least they’re taking the shrubbery back. About 25 volunteers from the Student Conservation Association (SCA), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) Association and the Penn State Master Gardeners planted native shrubs and flowers at Point State Park Tuesday. Penn State’s Master Gardeners plan to maintain these plants with weekly visits.
Penn Live
Janet Krajcsik
Earth Day, an annual event since 1970, is celebrated on April 22. Find out how to protect the Earth from various educational displays. There also will be a rock climbing wall, a birds of prey demonstration, a "green" competition and free food. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22 at Penn State Harrisburg.
Gant Daily
Alex Novak
This week Old Main became the 50th building at University Park to launch möbius — Penn State Waste Management. This initiative includes office composting and expanded recycling to help the University divert 85 percent of its solid waste from the landfill.
Centre Daily Times
Chris Rosenblum
Two local elementary schools did their part for the environment by bagging awards for recycling. As the top two schools savored their awards Tuesday, Penn State students commemorated the 44th Earth Day with an environmental fair. Eco Action, founded two years after Earth Day’s inception in 1970 and Penn State’s first environmental organization, held Earth Day Celebration on the Old Main lawn.
CBS Philly
Steve Patterson
It feels like suburban Northern California, a village of green fields, corporate glass and fresh ideas, the poster child for a sustainable Philadelphia. Not bad for a shipyard. “The Navy Yard is really a microcosm of what’s happening and can happen all across this city.” Katherine Gajewski would know. She’s the director of sustainably for the city, an office created specifically in 2008, to make Philadelphia one of the most green-leaning cities in the US by 2015.
Centre County Report
Inside a warehouse on Penn State's University Park campus is Lion Surplus, a store that sells used items from the University. The store unloads trucks full of new items nearly everyday ranging from household and office items, to electronics, to bicycles, and even cars.
Anna McCartney
We can deny that human activities have damaged the environment or we can fix and stop making the mistakes that jeopardize the very water we need to survive. Some local groups and citizens have chosen to fix mistakes on Lake Erie streams, as is the case in this week's watershed focus on Four Mile Creek. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association created a strategic action plan to fix watershed problems. The Four Mile Creek subcommittee, including Don Benczkowski, Ron Dombrowiak, Ed Masteller and Dave Skellie, compiled a list of restoration, conservation and protection projects. Many of them have been achieved with help from community groups and citizens, and Penn State Behrend instructors and students.
Republican Herald
Thomas Leskin
Penn State Schuylkill kicked off a project Monday that will take place over the next year to turn the campus into a living laboratory for sustainability. The event began with events for children in the community, including coloring, mask making and other activities.
Craig Melvin
Penn State architecture student Aaron Wertman has developed a multi-purpose vehicle designed to be a living unit, mobile design studio and a first response vehicle. Wertman tells Craig Melvin all about it on this week’s “What’s the Big Idea?”
Gordan Evans
Richard Alley's work on climate science made him a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He's also tried to explain the science to a larger audience. Television audiences know Alley as the host of the PBS program Earth: the Operators' Manual. On YouTube, Alley can be found singing about climate. Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University.
Planet Forward
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom-up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material.
Gant Daily
Earth Day will be celebrated at Penn State DuBois with a variety of fun activities promoting green and sustainable practices. The community is invited to join in the celebration from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the campus gymnasium.
Eric Holthaus
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. In a sentence, here’s what they found: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it—but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. The U.S. military is preparing for conflict, retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley says in an interview. Titley is a professor of meterology at Penn State.
Republican Herald
Thomas Leskin
With Earth Week to be celebrated around the world next week, Penn State Schuylkill will be doing its part by continuing its cleanup of the Bartram Trail in Landingville. Tina Rose, coordinator of leadership and development and community service at Penn State Schuylkill, said the trail cleanup will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26 and will be helping the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area.