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Spotlights

Vegetables from the State College farmers market.
As people and businesses become more aware of their environmental impact through their purchases, there has been an increased emphasis on shopping locally. Penn State Food Services is no exception. According to John Mondock, director of purchasing for Housing and Food Services, buying locally here in Pennsylvania is not only the right thing to do, but it is what the customers are asking for. “We try to buy as much locally as we can,” he said. “We do have to make sure we maintain cost initiatives for the University, but those items we have chosen to buy locally have also proven to be the best pricing opportunities.”
Vegetables from the State College farmers market.
As people and businesses become more aware of their environmental impact through their purchases, there has been an increased emphasis on shopping locally. Penn State Food Services is no exception. According to John Mondock, director of purchasing for Housing and Food Services, buying locally here in Pennsylvania is not only the right thing to do, but it is what the customers are asking for. “We try to buy as much locally as we can,” he said. “We do have to make sure we maintain cost initiatives for the University, but those items we have chosen to buy locally have also proven to be the best pricing opportunities.”

After the “zombie ant fungus” kills a victim, it grows a stalk called the stroma, which protrudes from the ant cadaver.

A large round structure, the ascoma, forms on the stroma. Infectious spores then develop in the ascoma and are released onto the forest floor below, where they can infect foraging ants from the colony.

Small Steps, Big Wins
The Penn State Smeal College of Business undergraduate student chapter of Net Impact, an organization dedicated to sustainability, recently earned the national Net Impact organization’s Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge. In addition, the chapter was granted gold standing by the national organization and named one of the top three undergraduate chapters in the nation. The Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge pitted 76 universities against each other in performing and recording positive social and environmental actions on the myActions social platform. The Penn State team won the national title with 34,731 actions.
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.

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.