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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Sustainability Institute is hosting an event for students involved in sustainable clubs and organizations on campus. The event, titled Sustainability Unites, was held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 15 at the Life Sciences Bridge on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Paul Moser, superintendent of steam services, and Ken Davis, professor of Meteorology at Penn State, were part of the discussion about the community's role in bringing Penn State's greenhouse gas emissions to zero.  The conference was held on April 11 at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and was sponsored by Penn State's Sustainability Institute, The Rock Ethics Institute and The Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs.
On Friday, April 11, more than 70 Penn State staff, students and faculty members attended a conference on Penn State’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to conference organizer Jonathan Brockopp, the goal was “to begin imagining a workable plan to achieve zero effective emissions by 2050.”Brockopp, associate professor of history at Penn State, explained that “Penn State has an obligation toward our students and our community to model ethical leadership in a warming world.” Co-sponsors for the conference included Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Rock Ethics Institute and the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs.
Petra Tscharkert
A Penn State faculty member is one of the coordinating lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which was approved in Yokohama, Japan, March 31 and concludes that while climate change is already having substantial impacts, steps can be taken to manage and reduce associated risks. Associate professor Petra Tschakert, who was present during the five long days of negotiating the final text in Japan, was a coordinating lead author of Chapter 13: Livelihoods and Poverty in the IPCC “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” She was also an author of the summary for policymakers and the technical summary, two key parts of the two-volume report from Working Group II.
The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the planet’s human population will be 9.6 billion -- stretching the resources of an already resource-stretched world. “The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity,” the 2014 symposium of the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs, will examine the impact of global resource scarcity on the world’s legal, agricultural, and security environments. The symposium will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 7, in the Apfelbaum Family Auditorium of Lewis Katz Hall at Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., with simulcast to the Lewis Katz Building at the University Park campus of Penn State.
Senior psychology major Megan Draper assists with field research in Borneo's rain forest, measuring specially tagged trees that are known to be primate feeding and sleeping trees. Image: Megan Draper
Penn State Brandywine student, Megan Draper, recently traveled to distant areas of the tropical rain forest of Borneo, taking part in a seven-week research journey alongside leading experts. “It’s about the conservation of a very unique ecosystem,” she said. “A lot of the data is collected to try to gauge the overall health of the ecosystem.”