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There is a scrapyard in Accra, Ghana, known as "Agbogbloshie," where e-waste goes to die — at least, that is the way it has been misrepresented and misunderstood by those on the outside.

A new project will provide 2,500 megawatt-hours of clean, reliable and affordable solar-generated energy annually to the University as part of its diversified energy portfolio. The Penn State Office of Physical Plant and Alternative Energy Development Group (AEDG) announced Sept. 19 the development of a 2 megawatt Advanced Utility-Scale Solar photovoltaic system.
Owning a home is often considered part of living the American Dream. But as housing costs have risen, that part of the dream has become more and more unattainable. Instead of just talking about the problem, Penn State architecture and engineering students and faculty decided to become part of the solution and have received a USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) Central PA Chapter Leadership award for their efforts.
Last fall, Jillian Barskey combined her love for the environment, and for Penn State, and served as a "Zero Waste Ambassador" at Beaver Stadium, an effort that encourages football fans in the hospitality suites to recycle or compost appropriate items.

Kick off the bountiful fall harvest season at the Student Farm’s third annual Harvest Festival. Campus and community members are invited to the farm from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 to experience live music, eat farm-fresh hors d'oeuvres and interact with members of the Student Farm Club and the Sustainability Institute.

For the past fourteen years, Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences (CHANCE) has introduced Penn Staters to conservation issues in countries like Costa Rica, China, Cuba, Panama, and, most recently, Australia.
Issues of global health may be in our backyards. That was one takeaway of a student minoring in global health who embarked on a different kind of fieldwork with his peers this summer. “Global health can be in your backyard,” said Steve Hanna, a rising senior majoring in biobehavioral health. “While living with and studying the Ojibwe, a Native American people, we saw communities, here in the United States, that are struggling with issues people may think only happen in underserved populations overseas.”