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"We have to think about the whole planet…about the opportunities that we have and how we can make those available to other parts of the world, all in a sustainable way."
Dean, Eberly College of Science

Spotlights

Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities will sign The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security – a declaration acknowledging their commitment to make food insecurity a priority. There is a ceremonial signing set for Dec. 9 at the United Nations in New York.

A team of researchers from Penn State have studied squid to develop an eco-friendly thermoplastic that could be used for 3D printing applications. Squids are normally used for producing dyes and inks, and are also eaten as food.

The scope and effect of methane gas emissions related to shale gas production will be discussed in a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team on Dec 11.

The webinar, titled "What We Know and Don't Know about Methane Emissions Associated with Shale Gas Production," will be presented at 1 p.m. by Kenneth Davis, professor of meteorology at Penn State.

Less than a mile from the edge of the bustling Penn State University campus lies 600 acres of cropland and forests crisscrossed with irrigation pipes. The water being pumped out of these pipes isn’t channeled from a river or a well. Instead, over 500 million gallons of treated wastewater from the campus is discharged at this site every year.

Do you get tired of having a dirty car during the winter months?

Net zero energy systems utilize renewable resources — including wind, solar and geothermal power — to recycle the energy it needs to function.

As a result, net zero communities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and achieve independence from the traditional energy grid.