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Note: This story originally appeared in AlumnInsider, the Penn State Alumni Association's monthly member e-newsletter.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Once Todd Miner, Class of 1992 and 1995, saw the human-powered tricycle, his imagination did the rest.

Sustainable landscaping for suburban yards will be the topic at a Penn State Brandywine lecture.

There has been some controversy in the "forestry" world because so many academic forestry programs have transformed themselves into "ecosystems" programs over the last decade or so. That includes your beloved Penn State School of Forest Resources, which is now the Penn State Department of Ecosystems Science and Management.

Penn State produced a video showcasing their sustainability efforts and green initiatives for their football stadium that can hold 110,000 spectator.  With the GreenDrop Recycling and Composting Stations, their goal is to soon divert 50 tons if waste from landfills.

Dr. Terry Engelder, Penn State Professor of Geosciences and leading authority on the shale gas play, will discuss research on residual treatment water in gas shale in this month’s Monthly Shale Webinar series.

Students from Fossil Free PSU will deliver a letter to President Eric Barron this afternoon, urging the university to divest itself of investments in fossil fuels. They plan to first gather outside Old Main at 1:10 p.m. before hand-delivering the letter to Barron in his office.

UNIVERSITY PARK When the humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship program at Penn State created what it thought was the perfect technology to aid farmers in Africa, all it needed was the right partner to help promote it.