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Learning Centers

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  • MorningStar Solar Home Tour
    The MorningStar Solar Home is a net-zero home — it produces as much energy as it consumes (plus some extra). It's located at the Sustainability Experience Center on Penn State's University Park Campus and is managed by Penn State’s Architectural Engineering Department.

  • University Park Campus Self-guided Green Tour
    A self-guided tour showcases select buildings and sites on the University Park Campus that demonstrate a wide variety of green features and services. These are just some of the university’s efforts aimed at advancing its leadership in sustainability.

  • Shaver's Creek
    Located in the heart of central Pennsylvania, Shaver’s Creek is Penn State’s nature center, offering fun and educational environmental programs and events for the whole community.

  • The Penn State Center - Engaging Pittsburgh
    Penn State established itself in downtown Pittsburgh for one purpose – to make the Greater Pittsburgh area a better place to live, grow, and succeed. The Penn State Center serves as a central point of contact for all who want to help strengthen the area's businesses, communities, leaders, families, individuals, and workforce through education and improvement projects.

  • Penn State's Sustainability Experience Center
    The nine-acre Sustainability Experience Center, which includes the MorningStar Solar Home, is a destination for students, teachers, business leaders, and citizens to experience and experiment with new (and old) ways to apply the practices of sustainability to food, water, building materials, and energy systems.

  • Penn State Community Garden
    A collaborative space for members of the community garden at the Sustainability Institute's Sustainability Experience Center.
  • The Arboretum at Penn State
     The Arboretum at Penn State is an outreach, teaching, and research facility dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecological functions of vegetated landscapes in an urbanizing society.

  • Center for Green Roof Research
    The Center, the only location in North America with small test green roofs on replicated buildings, characterizes and quantifies the performance of green roofs and promotes their discoveries through education and outreach.