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"We have an extraordinary group of faculty, students and staff that is working on different dimensions of sustainability."
Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE)


The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) presented Penn State with its 2014 Outstanding Higher Education Award as one of the “Best of the Best.” The University was specifically recognized for its “exceptional program in recycling” and for “connecting higher education and industry.” Penn State was selected above more than 70 other universities under consideration — fitting recognition for more than a quarter century of progress. Twenty-five years ago, the University recycled less than a ton of its waste. Today, students, faculty, staff and visitors divert more than 100 types and almost 10,000 tons of waste from landfill at the University Park campus. The success is driven by a University-wide commitment that includes partnerships with departments such as Housing and Food Services, the College of Agricultural Sciences, Hospitality Services and Intercollegiate Athletics.

 — It may only be a short trail, just half a mile, but it was a long road to the completi

Over the weekend, the 2015 Senior Class Gift Committee 

Tree art installation
Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport. Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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.