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Reinvention Fund

 

 

 



The Reinvention Fund has awarded more than $875,000 for sustainability-related projects. Faculty/staff received $773,485 and student proposals received $102,884.

The purpose of the Reinvention Fund was to create the necessary innovation “whitespace” to continue Penn State’s transformation into a Living Lab for Sustainability, and to demonstrate the value of these investments in a way that encourages continued growth of the fund. With those two objectives in mind, we aimed to fund it as fully and diversely as possible through a combination of internal and external funds. Reinvention Fund projects fall into three primary categories, based on funding source (internal or external) and Principal Investigator type (Faculty/Staff or Student): Faculty/Staff projects supported by internal Penn State funds (2014 Funded Faculty/Staff Projects), Student projects supported by internal Penn State funds (2014 Funded Student Projects), and Faculty/Staff projects sponsored by external gift funds (2014 Funded Sponsored Projects). Penn State internal funding of the Reinvention Fund is the result of contributions from the Vice Presidents of Finance & Business, Outreach, and Research, as well as the Provost, and represents the majority of funding. Projects funded in this way were selected through a traditional one-time call for proposals with a subsequent rigorous review panel process. 


2014 Funded Student Projects

Organic Waste Logistics, $4,180
Nicholas Carbo, Penn State Behrend 
Bring in an organic waste-removal company to reduce food refuse in the Erie community by collecting it from local restaurants and turning it into organic fertilizer. Furthermore, local farms will have access to the fertilizer, ultimately improving the quality of the Lake Erie watershed.

Affordable Greenhouse Venture Sierra Leone, $4,950
Jerrel Gilliam, University Park 
Refine current affordable greenhouse technology in preparation for large-scale dissemination through a network of distribute micro-enterprises throughout West Africa.

Operation Dyson, $9,375
Andrew Harakel, Penn State Berks  
Install Dyson electric hand dryers in the restrooms of the LEED-certified Gaige Building to demonstrate cost savings as compared to the current use of paper hand towels.
 
Bridget Dougherty, University Park 
Participate in the DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition to design and build a portable wind energy generation system, including market research and financial analysis to support the viability of the product.

Pride Pantry, $555
Jake Ruddy, University Park
Create an on-campus food pantry for low-income students to overcome various restrictions to students at the State College Area Food Bank. 
 
Passively Rotating Soilless Living Wall, $12,730
Dustin Betz, University Park
Build a passively rotating, soilless living wall inside the Co-Space in State College by using aquaponics, a proven sustainable horticultural technology.

Increasing Local Foods at Penn State, $10,506
Raquel Wanko, University Park  
Make the food system more sustainable by bringing more locally grown and produced food to the dining commons and restaurants at University Park.
 
Crop Mobs, $11,450
Emily Pennock, University Park 
Bring students and farmers together in a cooperative effort as students spend a day working on a local, sustainable farm.
 
Abington’s Cloverly Gardens, $12,500
Rebecca Skarda, Penn State Abington 
Build an educational greenhouse and accompanying garden at Penn State Abington as a model for other campuses.

The Living Filter, $12,950
Jacob Hagedorn, University Park
Create a sustainability report of Penn State’s Living Filter and raise awareness of the filter’s process through teaching and learning.

People, Plants, and Pollinators, $15,000
Elyzabeth Engle, University Park 
Install a pollinator garden at the entrance of the Community Gardens with signage for visitors.
 

2014 Funded Faculty/Staff Projects

Greener Game-days: Making Penn State Athletics Events More Sustainable, $37,500
Judd Michael, University Park
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tilize Athletics facilities, with a focus on the larger facilities such as Beaver Stadium (including tailgating areas) and Pegula Ice Arena, as the main parts of the “living lab” by learning more about available means to increase sustainability of Penn State sports events and then put those solutions into place.

Creating Educational Opportunities in Biological Pest Control and Reducing Pesticide Application in Campus Greenhouses, $12,333
Scott DiLoreto, University Park  
Expand current biological pest control program to other campus greenhouses, making further significant pesticide use reductions in our Plant Science greenhouse facilities as well as reducing pesticide use in other campus greenhouses.

Staff Fleet EV Operation with Solar Offset, $75,000
Stephen E. Oskin, University Park
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ims to reduce pollution at the point of use, and also aims to completely offset the use of the vehicle in a sustainable manner while providing real-world information to the public. By a planning a replacement of the gas-powered local fleet vehicles with 100% electric vehicles and integrating PV solar arrays to offset usage, and installing fleet and visitor electric vehicle charging stations, this will allow OPP to immediately reduce environmental impact without depending on the relatively “dirty” local power grid.

Immersive Leadership Experience in Energy and Sustainable Business$75,000
Wayne Figurelli, Great Valley

Implement a pilot program that couples hands-on coursework with internship experiences at the Philadelphia Navy Yard that leverages the unique learning environment and relationships at this location and also demonstrates an innovative and sustainable approach to providing engaged scholarship and undergraduate research experiences in key sustainability topics such as energy and sustainable business practices.

Community Solar on State: A Living Laboratory Framework for Outreach, Education, and Research, $56,250
Jeffrey Brownson, University Park
Create an outreach and educational platform that will allow our community to proceed with a pilot community PV project, called a “solar garden," retain the best practices learned, and then enable prospective solar projects as they evolve in the future. Community Solar on State will provide a platform for this and future solar gardens through community and alumni outreach, educational media development online and on site

A Demonstration Project of Virtual Reuse Marketplace for Salvaged Goods, $15,000
Robert J. Bylone, Jr.Penn State Harrisburg
Reduce the quantity of unwanted materials or items which are ultimately sent to University Park salvage by transparently offering reuseable items and materials through a virtual warehouse and trading intranet platform to others within Penn State Harrisburg and eventually the University System state-wide.

Development of Sustainable Social Network and Social Marketing Resources for Promoting University-based Activity Transportation, $74,305
Melissa Bopp, University Park
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evelop a social marketing campaign and accompanying smart phone app to encourage active transportation (i.e. walking and biking) (AT) behavior. Benefits of participation in active transportation include health (improved fitness, reduced stress, weight control, reduced cardiovascular disease), economic (decreased costs for fuel, insurance, parking, maintenance), and environmental (less air pollution).

Building a Sustainable Business Development Learning Factory, $15,000
Barrie Litzky, Penn State Great Valley
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uild a sustainable business learning factory, which will engage students in immersive experiences in sustainable business development and sustainable management practices. Will also engage regional community partners -- Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) and B-Lab -- and PSU stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff at PSU’s Philadelphia area campuses.

MorningStar Permaculture Learning Centre, $52,500
Rachel Brennan, University Park
Build a community of permaculture knowledge with a permaculture landscape design installation at the MorningStar site to educate the Penn State University community and local community members about permaculture. Through student, faculty and community hands-on, active, skill building workshops, the proposed site of the MorningStar Permaculture Learning Centre can both fulfill the mission of the site's intent of sustainability and experience.

Storied Images: Marcellus Shale, $18,880
Steven Rubin, University Park
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oster critical reflection of, and generate discourse on, the impact of Marcellus Shale extraction in Pennsylvania through photography. The overarching goal for this project is to move students from being passive recipients of critical news and developments toward becoming well-informed stakeholders, active and innovative participants invested in examining, understanding and shaping environmental decisions and collective futures through creative means.

Statewide Implementation of Promoting Healthy People/Healthy Environments through Medical Waste Reduction Strategies in Clinical Nursing Simulation Laboratories, $6,246
Darlene Clark, University Park 
Implement waste reduction strategies through increased recycling efforts at not only the University Park simulation location, but also at five other commonwealth campus locations which house nursing programs, and which contain simulation laboratories for their nursing students.

Development of a Student-Centered Penn State Sustainability Metric - The PawPrint, $14,270
Andy Lau, University Park
Assist students in behaving more sustainably by understanding the many day-to-day choices they make and their impact on sustainability. Preliminary estimates of these impacts on ecological footprint indicate that it is possible to reduce one’s footprint by up to two-thirds.
 
Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement: Fostering Long Term Partnerships for Community Change, $55,000
Timothy W. Kelsey, University Park
Bring together Penn State sustainability- and community-development related programs to create a deeply immersive educational experience for undergraduate students, to build and strengthen long term sustainability-related, community-university partnerships across Pennsylvania, and to work with and for citizens in addressing sustainability issues important in their communities. 
 
The Everyday Practice of Food Consumption and Waste Reduction, $11,315
Ruth Ann Herstek, New Kensington
Develop sustainable practices in food purchasing choices and waste disposal. Increase recycling awareness efforts, develop a composting site to reduce food waste, and use the compost products to expand the new campus Pollinator Garden. The compost site will become an education tool at which to conduct testing and research and to offer opportunities for classroom learning and undergraduate research.

Infusing Concepts of Sustainability throughout the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Curriculum, $15,090
Peter Newman, University Park 
Infuse concepts of sustainability throughout the RPTM undergraduate curriculum. Building on the department’s existing collaborative relationship w/ Shaver’s Creek Env. Center. And have faculty identify local, regional, and global projects.
 
Shaver's Creek Discovery Semester - Reinvented!, $5,000
Mark McLaughlin, University Park 
Give the design, delivery, and marketing of the Discovery Semester a complete reinvention. The pillars of sustainability and the resources of the Shaver’s Creek–Stone Valley Forest complex will be better paired together and maximized as a Living and Learning Laboratory for the entire University community.
 

Climate Change + Conflict Management, $49,500
Lara Fowler, University Park
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ring people together to identify climate-related impacts, potential conflict areas, and potential solutions. This project builds on the significant work already on-going at Penn State on climate change issues in the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and in the dispute resolution world.

Learning Together: Sustainability and Penn State's Living Laboratory, $37,500
Elaine Brzycki, University Park
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mplify the goal of the Reinvention Fund by producing Learning Together: Sustainability and Penn State’s Living Laboratory, an online multimedia project to document and highlight Reinvention Fund awarded projects across Penn State colleges, campuses, and administrative units.

Building Sustainable Communities through the Digital Global Classroom, $35,600
Erica A.H. Smithwick, University Park
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uild digital learning capacity as part of the global Penn State classroom. This learning community will be enabled in South Africa through the establishment of Living Lab Points– nodes of community engagement on sustainability that utilize technology to link African students and communities with (1) a Penn State resident courses and with (2) local K-8 schools in the Penn State community.

EPICS: Penn State Schuylkill as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability, $52,571
Stephen R. Couch, Penn State Schuylkill
Establish Penn State Schuykill as a Living Lab. for sustainability through EPICS (Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain). Project will involve all sectors of the campus in all aspects. The project will also involve local community partners.

Sustainability Communications Initiative, $37,125
Denise Bortree, University Park
Establish Penn State University as the leading institution in sustainability communication research and practice. The Initiative will engage many groups inside and outside of academia including faculty (at Penn State and beyond), staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, community partners, journalists, and other centers and organizations.

Sustainable Watersheds Program, $22,500
Matt Royer, University Park
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romote, restore and maintain healthy local watersheds through collaborative community engagement and engaged scholarship. The program will develop and facilitate a dynamic, diverse partnership consisting of multiple academic units and local community partners working together to increase excitement for clean water and adoption of land management practices to improve water quality.


2014 Funded Sponsored Projects

Sponsored projects are those financially supported by external gift funds, but with a scope of work under the complete control of the Principal Investigator (i.e., project scope of work is not negotiated with sponsor). A portfolio of potential projects is presented to a sponsor, and a general match between funds and projects is made. Rigor is brought to bear by utilizing a similar review process for project proposals, but by an internal group of faculty and staff. In this manner, all Reinvention Fund projects, whether funded by internal or external contributions, represent unique, high quality, and well-stewarded investments.

Greener Game-days: Making Penn State Athletics Events More Sustainable
Judd Michael, University Park
Utilize Athletics facilities, with a focus on the larger facilities such as Beaver Stadium (including tailgating areas) and Pegula Ice Arena, as the main parts of the “living lab” by learning more about available means to increase sustainability of Penn State sports events and then put those solutions into place.

National Energy Leadership Corps
David Riley, University Park
The National Energy Leadership Corps (NELC) provides free home energy assessments to homeowners. Assessments are conducted by trained students or volunteers in their local communities, and are designed to promote awareness and create demand for local energy efficiency products and services.

Student-Centered Farm and Sustainable Food Systems Minor
Leslie Pillen, University Park
Develop an integrative design for a student-centered farm and a Sustainable Food Systems Minor that engages the university community with the hoal of starting the first season of farm production in spring 2016.

Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition
Gerald Susman, University Park
The Smeal College of Business will launch its inaugural MBA sustainability case competition late this summer. The case setting is an SKF business area that includes units that make and sell bearings, seals, and actuators for both traditional and renewable energy industries. Registration is open to teams from any AASCB accredited MBA program in the US and Canada.

Sustainability Planning Guidebook
Erik Foley, University Park
The guidebook is intended to help every Penn State unit find its unique, strategic contribution to our collective vision of a community dedicated to a sustainable future.


For more information, please contact reinvention@psu.edu.

Faculty/Staff

Reinvention SEED and Enhancement Grant Application Requirements

Project TypesThree types of projects are encouraged to enable a diverse portfolio of Reinvention Fund activities and contributions to the advancement of sustainability from students, faculty, and staff. 

Sustainable Solutions – the core focus of these projects is the development of new solutions in sustainability.  Core metrics include demonstrated solutions, engagement methods, capacity building, leveraging of past work, and scholarly publications/presentations.

Revolving Fund – the core focus of these projects is the demonstration of measurable value that can be captured through the implementation of sustainability initiatives and solutions.  Core metrics include measurable savings in resource use (energy, water, purchased services), or increased capacity of resource generation (energy, water, social capital, program revenue, new relationships).

Teaching and Learning – the core focus of these projects is the enhancement of learning across Penn State communities.  Core metrics include the development of learning assessment methods, enhancement of existing course and professional development programs, and creation of new learning communities.

Funding Levels:  Teams may seek funds for seed grants ($15,000-$75,000) or enhancement grants ($5000-$15,000) depending on their goals and objectives. 

Seed Grant ($15 - $75K) projects should demonstrate trajectory and potential to lead to bigger opportunities, such as collaborative research grants, education program development, and/or new program revenue generation. Seed Grants will be peer reviewed by sustainability leaders across university functions.

Program Enhancement ($5 - $15K) projects will (1) enhance an existing program or course, (2) be used to convene new learning communities or collaborations, (3) provide support for speaker series and interaction with experts/leaders.  Review of Program Enhancement grants will be conducted by a task force formed by the Sustainability Institute.

Eligibility and team formation:  Proposal will be accepted from team across all of Penn State’s units and campuses.  Teams that include representation from multiple units (Academic, Outreach, Operations, Administration) are strongly encouraged.  In recognition that the formation of interdisciplinary and cross functional teams can be challenging to launch, the Sustainability Institute will provide the following resources to prospective Reinvention teams:

Timeline:

RFP announcement

Sept. 30, 2013

 

Informational Webinar

Oct. 10, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

 

Pre-proposals due

Oct. 25, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

 

Notice of recommended action

Oct. 28, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

 

Collaboration Workshop

Nov. 22, 2013, 12 - 3 p.m., 129A HUB-Robeson Center

 

Full proposals due

Dec. 20, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

 

Review panel meeting

Jan. 15, 2014

 

Awards announced

Feb. 3, 2014

 

Awardee Kick-off event

Feb. 2014 (TBA)

 

Progress report due

May 2014 (TBA)

 

Final report and metrics 

Dec. 15, 2014

Review Criteria and Project Selection:  The following criteria will be applied to proposals that are received by the proposal due date:

Merit Review

  • Is a clear statement of purpose and the identification of the targeted sustainability challenge provided?
  • Does the project clearly articulate how all three pillars of sustainability (People, Planet, and Prosperity) will be used to evaluate success?
  • Is the proposed project aligned with the Living Laboratory principles?
  • Alignment with either: Solution Development, Revolving Fund, or Teaching and Learning project criteria?
  • Is the proposed project aligned with University/Unit-level strategic sustainability planning?
  • Will the project have lasting impacts that will advance sustainability now and in the future?
  • Does the project leverage past efforts of the university in the proposed topic or field?
  • Does the project have a long term trajectory and business could lead to longevity and sustainability?

Team Qualifications

  • Does the proposed project include participation from team members with diverse backgrounds and disciplines?
  • Will the project impact students, faculty, staff, and community members beyond the immediate proposed team members?
  • Does the project include the engagement of students and/or cross unit collaboration in facets of the university in which student input and innovation have traditionally been excluded?
  • Have letters of support from unit leadership and community partners been provided?

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external reviewers who will make recommendations for priority ranking to the Sustainability Institute Reinvention Fund Program Manager.  Grants will be awarded based on priority ranking and availability of funds. 

Download the PDF - Reinvention Fund: RFP and Submission Requirements (Revised Oct. 21, 2013)


For more information, please contact reinvention@psu.edu.


Student

Student Sustainability Innovation Grant Requirements

The Sustainably Institute is seeking innovative projects from students across Penn State’s colleges and campuses.  Project types can include the development of new solutions to sustainability challenges, hands-on demonstration projects, community service projects, and student participation in conferences and sustainability-focused competitions.

Daniel Frechen monitored the health of a bush bean plant on Aug. 14 in an experimental growth chamber in Tyson building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Example projects:

  • Support the entry of an interdisciplinary team in a national competition focused on sustainability.
  • Participation of students and advisor in a conference dedicated to student engagement in sustainability.
  • Host a peer group or guest speaker who is a leader in sustainability.
  • Team with a campus service (dining hall, transportation, purchasing etc.) to design and test new practices.
  • Implement a service project in a nearby community dedicated to advancement of sustainability.
  • Design and install a temporary or permanent feature of your campus that will promote learning about sustainability.

Funding Levels:  $1000 - $15,000 (Total available funding will be approximately $100,000)

Eligibility: Proposals will be accepted from student organizations, course-based teams, and ad-hoc groups formed in response to the Student Sustainability Innovation grant opportunity.  Affiliation of teams with formal student organizations or courses, and inclusion of an academic advisor are strongly encouraged, but not required.

Timeline

Innovation grant announcement

Sept. 30, 2013

 

Pre-proposals due

Nov. 1, 2013

 

Full proposals due

Dec. 6, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

 

Awards announced

Dec. 20, 2013

Review Criteria and Project Selection:  The following criteria will be applied to proposals that are received by the proposal due date:

  • Is a clear statement of purpose and the identification of the targeted sustainability challenge provided?
  • Does the project clearly articulate how all three pillars of sustainability (People, Planet, and Prosperity) will be addressed?
  • Is the proposed project aligned with the Living Laboratory principles?
  • Will the project have lasting impacts that will advance sustainability now and in the future?
  • Does the proposed project include participation from students with diverse backgrounds and disciplines?
  • Will the project impact students, faculty, staff, and community members beyond the immediate proposed team members?
  • Are advisors to the team identified with appropriate expertise to support student leaders?

Proposals will be reviewed by the Student Sustainability Advisory Council (SSAC) who will make recommendations for priority ranking to the Sustainability Institute Reinvention Fund Program Manager.  Grants will be awarded based on priority ranking and availability of funds. 

Submission Process:       

Pre-proposal Form (web form) (due Nov. 1, 2013)

Full Proposal Template
(email as attachment to Sharon Hoover by Dec. 6, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.)

Download the PDF - Reinvention Fund: Student Innovation Grant RFP (Revised Sept. 30, 2013)


For more information, please contact reinvention@psu.edu.


2014 Request for Proposals

This request for proposals invites broad participation from the Penn State Community in the development and demonstration of solutions to sustainability challenges. The purpose of the Reinvention Fund is to provide resources to innovative teams seeking to pursue interdisciplinary and holistic solutions to sustainability challenges in a way that fosters cross functional integration of Penn State’s teaching, research, outreach, operation, and administration expertise, so that our university community can link and leverage our depth and build our collective capacity in pursuit of sustainability.

SUSTAINABILITY AT PENN STATE:    Penn State’s vision is a comprehensive integration of sustainability into the University’s research, teaching, and service that will prepare students, faculty, and staff to be tomorrow’s sustainability leaders.  Penn State has defined Sustainability as:

“The simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.”

It is expected that all Reinvention Fund projects will pursue a holistic approach to the human health and happiness (People), environmental quality (Planet) and economic well-being (Prosperity) implications of their proposed projects.

BUILDING A LIVING LABORATORY:   The Living Laboratory concept has been adopted as a guiding theme for strategic planning in sustainability at Penn State.  This first year of the Reinvention Fund represents a unique opportunity to focus our efforts on building a Living Laboratory – a term that is used to describe an immersive learning environment which utilizes our physical environment, relationships, policies and processes as hands-on learning opportunities.  The concept of a Living Laboratory is called for in Penn State’s Sustainability Strategic Plan as the primary method for achieving our sustainability goals.  For this reason, the first offering of the Reinvention Fund is structured around the Living Laboratory theme.  

PROJECT TYPES:  Diverse project types will be supported by the Reinvention Fund, including (1) the development of new solutions to sustainability challenges, (2) the implementation and demonstration of sustainability concepts, and (3) projects focused on teaching and learning.

ELIGIBILITY:  All members of the Penn State community are eligible, including student, faculty, staff, and administrative leaders.  Collaborative and interdisciplinary teams will be giving priority in project selection.

GRANT AWARD:  Teams may seek funds for seed grants ($15,000-$75,000) or enhancement grants ($5000-$15,000) depending on their goals and objectives.  Student Innovation proposals will be accepted from student organizations or course-based teams and will be funded at levels of $1000-$15,000. 

Download the PDF - Reinvention Fund: 2013 Full Program Description and Request for Proposals (Revised Oct. 21, 2013)

Requirements for Faculty/Staff

Requirements for Students


For more information, please contact reinvention@psu.edu.


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TribLive (9/11/2014)
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Penn State News (8/22/2014)
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Penn State News (06/27/2014)
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Penn State News (06/25/2014)
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Winning With Zero Waste
BioCycle.net (06/16/2014)
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New Kensington Green Team earns $11,000 sustainability grant for campus projects
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enn State’s Sustainability Institute recently announced the recipients of the Reinvention Fund grants. Stephen R. Couch, director of academic affairs at Penn State Schuylkill, was awarded $50,000, including support from the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses to fund a "living laboratory for sustainability." This project, known as EPICS (Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain), will allow the entire campus to become a "living laboratory for sustainability."
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Reinvention Fund new to Sustainability Institute
The Daily Collegian (10/31/2013)
Penn State is making the effort to become a more sustainable university. With the help of the Sustainability Institute’s Reinvention Fund, faculty, staff and students at the university will have the opportunity to get their sustainability-focused projects funded.
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Penn State Looks Within for Sustainability Innovation
Campus Technology (10/07/2013)
Penn State has launched the Reinvention Fund, an internal grant program aimed at inspiring and enhancing sustainability innovation and education across more than 20 of its Pennsylvania campuses by its own students, staff, and faculty.
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Reinvention Fund to ignite innovation in sustainability
Penn State News (10/3/2013)
Penn State’s Sustainability Institute recently launched a new internal grant program intended to support collaborative projects that will improve and expand sustainability at Penn State.
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