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Sustainability Institute releases stakeholder assessment report of gas pipeline project

This graphic shows the natural gas pipeline route and construction schedule on Penn State's University Park campus. Image: Penn State
This graphic shows the natural gas pipeline route and construction schedule on Penn State's University Park campus. Image: Penn State
August 14, 2014

In 2013, the decision was made to reroute a proposed natural gas pipeline, originally slated to go through State College’s Highlands Neighborhood, onto the University Park campus of Penn State to supply the West Campus Steam Plant with additional natural gas. At Penn State’s energy forum in September, Denice Wardrop, director of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, committed to conducting a stakeholder assessment about this process. The results of that assessment have been released and are available at sustainability.psu.edu.

The report examined the interaction between Penn State, Columbia Gas, the State College Borough and local residents. Interviewees provided wide-ranging suggestions for long-term energy planning processes moving forward. The report highlights a number of broad opportunities for establishing collaborative, local, long-range energy planning goals and processes, while pointing out critical questions that must be answered before moving forward.

The Sustainability Institute will be hosting a public forum about this report from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Alumni Lounge at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The Sustainability Institute will be hosting a public forum about this report from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Alumni Lounge at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. This forum will include a short presentation about the report, followed by a question and answer period, and a discussion period. The Sustainability Institute has created a special Web page, which includes background to the report and relevant links and will include a summary from the public meeting.

Questions about the report and/or public meeting can be directed to Alex Wiker (ahw109@psu.edu) or Lara Fowler (lbf10@psu.edu).

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