What is a Green Team?
Green Teams are groups of faculty, staff, and students volunteering to take specific actions to help their organization (college, department, building, etc.) operate in a more efficient, innovative, and healthy way. Typically, Green Teams focus on making their operations more sustainable through the easy to follow Green Paws Program and other initiatives unique to their departments. Currently, the University has 104 Green Teams, with 22 of them at the Commonwealth Campuses, operating in various departments.
The Sustainability Institute sponsors the Green Team program and supports it with information resources and training. What initiatives are these teams working on? Check out the success pages.
See the tabs above for more on forming your own Green Team, signing up for an orientation session, learning resources, and locating a team in your unit. For more information contact Lydia Vandenbergh at (814) 863-4893.
The ability to work with co-workers to make positive change:
- It's more effective (and more fun!) to work with others
- Connection to over 100 Green Teams and over 850 members around Penn State
- Bring recognition to your unit for having a Green Team
- Invitation to quarterly Green Team lunches and special training sessions
- Access to the best and latest information, resources, events and news available from the Sustainability Institute that can help you and your Green Team succeed. Everyone on our list gets regular updates and announcements from our office.
Green Bag Lunch Series
Ready to connect with your building’s community and learn together about energy waste in your home, recycling and composting, sustainability and social justice? The Green Bag Lunch Series offers this opportunity with the following four presentations:
March 25th, 2015:
"How Diversity Matters: The Connection between Sustainability and Diversity"
What is the connection between sustainability and diversity and how does it apply to work and life at Penn State? The Educational Equity Green Team investigates these concepts.
Join us on March 25, 2015 to peek into the development of a strategic plan on incorporating sustainability into the mission and work of diversity at Penn State and learn how to tie it into your YOU@PSU.EDU goals. Examples of activities, workshops, discussion questions and videos will be shared. Register for this session.
October 20, 2014: “Making your home smarter: Energy efficiency with the NELC (National Energy Leadership Corps)"
Presentation Recording link: https://meeting.psu.edu/p4a70z0pfjh
November 20, 2014: "Mastering möbius: The what’s and where’s of composting and recycling”
Presentation Recording Link: https://meeting.psu.edu/p64u2zsv2qs
January 14th, 2015: “Sustainability Lives Here”
Presentation Recording Link: https://meeting.psu.edu/p91ek4ztx8a
How to Form a Green Team
- Identify co-workers who would be interested in working on greening your area.
- Contact Lydia Vandenbergh to set up an orientation meeting or sign up for any of the monthly sessions available through Adobe Connect or in person.
- Obtain a Letter of Support from the Leadership in your office
- Getting support from those in leadership roles can boost morale and promote the credibility of your team. Ask your Office Head/Program Director to write a letter in support of the formation of your Green Team. Be sure to share the letter with your fellow Green Team members and mail or email a copy to Lydia Vandenbergh, 108 Land and Water Research Building.
- You can use this draft letter as a tool to create your own personalized request for leadership support.
- Check out this example letter written by Penn State Dubois' Chancellor supporting her Green Team's efforts.
- Expand your team!
- Complete the Green Team Registration Form. Officially registering can help us to help you!
- Contact Lydia Vandenbergh to collaborate on organizing your first meeting.
To ensure that we provide your Green Team with the most accurate and up-to-date information, we ask that you let us know if there are any changes to your existing team. Please use this form to update the following:
- Green Team Name
- Green Team Leader Information
- Green Team Member Information
- Green Team Contact Information
Green Team Resources
Green Teams are on the front lines of learning about sustainability, engaging others in that pursuit, and celebrating success. The Sustainability Institute has compiled a variety of tools to help teams build awareness about sustainability issues, inspire others to take an interest and change behaviors and how to communicate these ideas with others. Several of the ideas were created by teams and we will continue adding new resources as they are developed.
Download the PowerPoint from our 2014 end of the year luncheon.
Orientations and General Resources
Events & Orientation
2014 Green Bag Lunch Series
This new series of Green Bag Lunches makes it easy for Green Teams to connect with their Penn State community. The Sustainability Institute plans the presentations and provides teams with a planning guide, customizable flyers and emails to advertise the event, discussion guidelines, and an easy registration process. All the teams have to do is reserve a room with AV capability, recruit participants, and on the appointed day, enjoy learning and fellowship with your building mates.
Each presentation will run 25 to 30 minutes, with 10 - 15 minutes for questions, allowing 10 - 15 minutes for Green Teams to facilitate discussions within their groups. All presentations will be recorded and available on the Green Team Resources and Training webpage in case teams want to hold Green Bag lunches at another time.
There will be four presentations in this series and all the planning and marketing materials are below. Get your planning started with this guide.
October 20th: Penn State student Anthony Magliozzi will be presenting “Making your home smarter: Energy efficiency with the NELC” (National Energy Leadership Corp). The Smeal Green Team will be hosting this event, via Adobe Connect. This presentation was initially held in August and was so well received that we were asked to repeat it. Marketing materials and the registration link will be sent out on October 3rd.
- Flyer template
- Email template
- Sign-in sheet
- Discussion guide
- Registration link
- Download the PowerPoint presentation
- View the presentation recording
November 20th: Al Matyasovsky will present “Mastering möbius: The what’s and where’s of composting and recycling.” Participants will learn 1) what goes where, 2) why is it important, 3) where can they find answers to questions and 4) what is the connection between möbius and recycling. This presentation is primarily applicable to the University Park community only.
- Flyer template
- Email template
- Sign-in sheet
- Discussion guide
- Registration link
- Download the powerpoint presentation
- View the presentation recording
January 14th: Jeremy Bean will present “Sustainability Lives Here.”
March 25th, 2015: How Diversity Matters: The Connection between Sustainability and Diversity
What is the connection between sustainability and diversity and how does it apply to work life at Penn State? The Educational Equity Green Team investigates these concepts during the next Green Bag lunch and explores how to tie the mission of diversity into your unit's strategic plan and your personal YOU@PSU.EDU goals. Examples of activities, workshops, discussion questions and videos will be shared.
During this one hour orientation, you will learn about the Green Teams program, its benefits, how to start a one in your unit, and share ideas with others. There is no cost for this training. We do ask that you register, whether or not you will attend in person so that we can know how many people to expect. Sessions are offered almost every month via Adobe Connect, and some of them are also available in person. The full roster of dates and times and registration is available online.
The above programs are presented by Lydia Vandenbergh of the Sustainability Institute. Customized orientations for groups of ten or more can be scheduled by contacting Lydia.
Air Newsletter Archive
Air is our monthly newsletter filled with updates, events, green tips and news from our partners.
Resources by Category
Changing behaviors is the key step to prompting cultural transformation and you will find resources to learn about social marketing and how to use it to promote behavior change in this section. Tips and examples are included.
How can you communicate in a way that is effective? Check out the resources and tips in this section, including videos showing how to share messages in fun and dynamic ways.
Energy is a main focus in conservation, particularly in our ability to reduce our usage. Learn how to organize energy reduction campaigns, gauge energy use, and prepare your office for holiday breaks.
Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE. In order to stop as much waste as possible from entering the landfill, we must understand how to recycle it. Learn about what services are available at Penn State and how to get others involved.
Green Teams at Commonwealth Campuses
|Admit-Recycle-Enroll (PS Fayette)||Jason Broadwater | Sherry Scully|
|Altoona Sustainability Council||Lisa Emili|
|Berks||Kim Berry | Mark Dawson|
|Brandywine||Lisa Yerges | Dr. Susan Fredricks|
|Dobbins Green Team (PS Behrend)||Cindi Pander|
|Earth Angels (PS Altoona)||Michele Kennedy|
|E2 Team (PS Fayette)||Tina Reed | Bill Gardner|
|Fayette Biomedical Building||Michelle Henrish|
|Fayette Chancellor's Office||Francis Achampong | Billie Jo Yuhaniak|
|Fayette Engineering Building||David Meredith | John Timko|
|Great Valley||Suzanne Cruit|
|Green York||Annie Haines | Holly Gumke|
|Hammermill (PS Behrend)||Dr. Michael Naber | Dr. C. Jay Amicangelo | Dr. Jason Bennett|
|Harrisburg||Andrea Hoerner | Jason Zubler|
|IT Leadership Council||Joanne Peca|
|Learn Green (PS Altoona)||Paula Ford | Victoria Hesser|
|Conklin Green Team (PS Mont Alto)||Grace Rockwell|
|New Kensington||Ruth Herstek|
|Penn State Altoona DUS Advising Green||Sue Dodson | Jen Slusser | Jy Frank|
|Penn State DuBois Green Team||Marcia Newell | Mary Walker|
|Penn State Green Allegheny||Eric Lipsky | David Seitz|
|ShenanGO GREEN||Tony Paglia | Greg Singer|
|Williams Building Green Team (PS Fayette)||Paula Congelio | Chad Long|
Green Teams at University Park
|Admissions||Kathryn Gaylord-Miles | Amy Pancoast|
|Budget Office||Mark Weaver | Jody Heckman | Paul Liadis|
|BURSAR: Better Understanding Recycling, Sustainability, and Resources||Jessica Smith | Zack Foltz|
|Educational Equity||Dara Sanoubane| Mike Brahosky|
|GORP||Sarah Trentacoste | Sarah Bowser | Phil Frum | Sara Dries|
|Green Innovations- Investment Office||Karen Hulett | Pam Nisewonger|
|Green Planners||Ginny Hosterman | Ellen George|
|Green Riders||Ginny Hosterman|
|Office of Student Aid||Karen Sampsel | Justin Conklin|
|Office of the President Green Team||Jake DeSantis | Marissa Shamrock|
|Office of University Development||Courtney Van Sky|
|Registrar's Office||Kay Keith | Megan Graham|
|Research Accounting||Katrina Walker | Cissy Reese|
|University Libraries||Kimlyn Patishnock|
|CAPS Mini Green Team||Susanna Hummer | Lynne Gilham|
|Career Services||Sara Becker|
|Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs||Beth Bradley | Wolfgang Bruckner|
|HUB Green Team||Heide Port | Mary Edgington|
|Student Affairs Sustainability||Mary Edgington|
|University Health Services||Doris Guanowsky|
Finance and Business:
|Aux.&Bus.Serv. Marketing Office||Monica Kling|
|Center for Workplace Learning and Performance||Jennifer Clouser|
|Environmental, Health & Safety||Kate Lumley-Sapanski | Lysa Holland | Maurine Claver|
|Green BJC||Sarah Caterson|
|Hintz Building||Sally Horn | Elaine Stella|
|Housing & Dining Services||David Manos | Jo-Ann Marker|
|Office of Physical Plant||Maddy Kantu | Derek Kalp|
|OPP D&C||Jason Smith | Derek Leonard|
|Parking Office||Jean Harris | Luke Anderson|
|Penn State Hospitality||Herbert Moller|
|Outreach Building Green Team||Courtney Karmelita | Barb Taylor|
|Shaver's Creek Environmental Center||Josh Potter|
|329 Building Green Team||Leslie Demmert|
Academic Colleges & Institutes:
|Ag Admin Green Team||Corinna Fisher | Catherine Murphy|
|Food Science Greenies||Bob Lumley-Sapanski | Kim Ripka|
|Zero In (Ag Engineering)||Heather Gall | Peggy Newel|
|Arts and Architecture|
|Center for Performing Arts||Shannon Bishop|
|Music Department||Camille Selden|
|School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture||Lisa Iulo|
|Smeal School of Business||Monica Snyder|
|COMMunity Green Team||Jane Agnelly | Brenda Johnson|
|Earth & Mineral Sciences|
|Dutton e-Education Institute Green Team||Brandi Robinson | Sing Wong|
|MatSE Green Team||Jenneth Layaou | Frank Driscoll|
|Simply EESI Green||Linda Bell | Tracy Bernier|
|College of Education||Peter Buckland|
|Civil & Environmental Engineering||Deron Johnson | Amy Case|
|College of Engineering||Marcella Fickes | Clark Colburn|
|SEDTAPP Program||Andy Lau | Scott Pusey|
|Health and Human Development|
|BBH Green Team||Lisa Grove | Joanne Foley-Defiore|
|Ford Building||Allen Carles | Beverly Fahr| Tracy Johnson|
|Henderson Green Ground||Deb Houser | Sue Confer|
|Hort Woods||Jennifer Hooven|
|Methodology Center||Amanda Applegate | Tina Meyers|
|School of Hospitality Management||Dave Cranage | Peter Nyheim|
|Information Sciences and Technology|
|College of Information Science & Technology||Lisa Ammerman|
|IT@IST@PSU||John Fulmer | Shannon Johnson|
|ANTHRecycles||Betty Blair | Tim Ryan|
|Burrowes-Old Botany Green Team||Sarah Denes | Jamie Frazell|
|Economics Green Team||Georgine Mihalenko|
|Green Weavers (Weaver Building)||Bryan McDonald | Leah Pawlicki|
|Labor and Employment Relations Green Team||Jessica Steele | Jill Jensen|
|Oswald Green Team||Kim Smith | Julie Horney|
|Psychology Department Green Team||Janet Swim | Beth Laird|
|Sentencing Commission||Carol Zeiss | Carrie Peters|
|Sparks Green Team||Hannah Brukardt|
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Joyce Greslick|
|Chemistry Department||Larry Johns | Theresa Mellott|
|Physical Sciences||Laurie Dasher|
|Thomas Green Team||Cassie Johnstonbaugh | Robert Holden|
|Land and Water Green Team||Betsy Grgurich|
|Gregarious Green Lions||Lisa O'Hara | Margaret Johnstonbaugh|
|The Huck Green Team||Terrie Young | Sharon Hand|
|University Park Green Teams||76|
|Commonwealth Campuses Green Teams||26|
|Total Penn State Green Teams||102|