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Spotlights

MorningStar Solar Home
For the moment, students Jesse Della Valle and Taylor Ryan make you believe you’ve been transported from Penn State’s University Park campus to NASA headquarters. They’re using terms such as passive solar energy, solar slates and deceiving storage space. They’re speaking confidently and succinctly, like experts, and they’re doing this as they give a tour of Penn State’s MorningStar solar home, an environmental gem located a few hundred yards from Beaver Stadium.

A group of Penn State students led by assistant professor of biology Charles Anderson is exploring ways to make plants hardier, boosting world food supplies in the process.

Energy conservation regulation, shale energy development and on-farm renewable energy sources will be featured at Ag Progress Days August 12-14.Exhibitors and Penn State Extension educators will provide information on alternative energy markets, regulations, credits and farm energy sources with Penn State’s On-Farm Energy Team.

Unlike the majority of college students, Kimmie Bowen saw summer vacation not as a time for rest and relaxation, but as a great academic opportunity. The Penn State Brandywine rising sophomore and meteorology major recently teamed up with associate professor of earth sciences Laura Guertin to conduct fieldwork monitoring local environmental change.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--  For the last two years, a group of Penn State students have been asking what the world would look like if people grew their food at houses. The solution has turned into a business venture and now the group is asking the community to help fund the project.  The idea is called 'living furniture,' a fish tank that will support plant growth.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn States Advanced Vehicle Team has been working on a Chevy Malibu for three years.  It might look like an ordinary Chevy Malibu on the outside, but inside it is a lean, green driving machine.

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.