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Reinvention Fund to ignite innovation in sustainability

Reinvention Fund to ignite innovation in sustainability

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa -- 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.

Through the Reinvention Fund, Penn State will invest approximately $600,000 in projects proposed by innovative teams located across all of the University's colleges, campuses and administrative units.

"We are thrilled to invite broad participation from the Penn State community in our common goal of developing and demonstrating solutions to sustainability challenges,” said Provost Nick Jones. 

“These resources have been contributed from all of our functional units - Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, Research, Outreach and Finance & Business, and represent an institutional commitment to sustainability.”

“These resources have been contributed from all of our functional units - Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, Research, Outreach and Finance & Business, and represent an institutional commitment to sustainability,” Jones continued. “We look forward to the excellence, creativity, and leadership that they will encourage."

Three types of projects will be awarded to faculty and staff: development of new solutions to sustainability challenges, demonstration of measurable value that can be captured through the implementation of sustainability initiative and solutions, and enhancement of learning across Penn State communities. A fourth grant category, student sustainability innovation, will specifically fund student-led project teams.

The theme of the 2013 Reinvention Fund is "Building the Living Laboratory." The living laboratory concept is popular among colleges and universities seeking to advance sustainability in their academic programs and operational functions. It refers an immersive learning environment that utilizes the physical spaces, relationships, policies and processes of campuses and communities as hands-on learning opportunities.

"The Living Laboratory theme is intended to help our students, faculty and staff view our campus and community as a venue to road test solutions to sustainability challenges and get real experience working in collaborative teams."

"The Living Laboratory theme is intended to help our students, faculty and staff view our campus and community as a venue to road test solutions to sustainability challenges and get real experience working in collaborative teams," explained David Riley, who serves as the program manager for the Reinvention Fund.

Program materials, submission guidelines and additional resources describing the Living Laboratory theme are available at sustainability.psu.edu/reinvention. A full Request for Proposals is also available for download.

A webinar was recently held to provide an overview of the program goals and was broadcast across the University via Adobe Connect. Visit this link to access a recording of the webinar.

 

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