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As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders -- workers of less than three to seven acres -- with the rest in gene banks, according to a Penn State geographer.

In recent years, searching for renewable energy resources has become something of a treasure hunt. A group of Penn State students spent their spring break in Costa Rica learning about one of those “treasures” -- cow manure.

One of the students' main projects was to build an anaerobic digester -- or biodigester -- for a local dairy farmer.

New, part-time internships are available through Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. The Sustainability Institute, founded in 2012, integrates sustainability into the University’s research, teaching, outreach and operations to prepare students, faculty and staff to be sustainability leaders.

As the price of solar energy credits in Pennsylvania continued to tumble last year, other renewable energy resources saw a boost, giving hope to some alternative energy advocates that such credits might incentivize more clean power development.

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

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.

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.