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EPICS: Penn State Schuylkill as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability

Contact

Stephen Couch, src@psu.edu
Darcy Medica, dlm56@psu.edu

About the Project

EPICS: Penn State Schuylkill as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability was funded by Penn State's Sustainability Institute's Reinvention Fund at the Schuylkill campus in the amount of $52,571.

The purpose of EPICS (Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain) is to begin to establish Penn State Schuylkill campus as a living laboratory for sustainability. The project will begin by creating a sustainability strategic plan for the campus, and will involve all sectors of campus - students, faculty, staff, administration and advisory board - in all of its aspects. 

The grant will allow the campus to explore several new initiatives including the addition of a sustainability leadership minor, a credit certificate in sustainability and the inclusion of sustainability issues in the First Year Seminar. Faculty will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops related to the inclusion of sustainability into coursework. Students will have the opportunity to participate in several field trips related to sustainability. Several campus/community related initiatives may be included, such as a one day symposium to explore the county’s social, environmental and economic concerns in an effort to seek collaborative approaches to sustainability. 

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