When longtime Penn State Professor of American Literature Fred Lewis Pattee sat down to write the lyrics of the Penn State Alma Mater in 1901, he was looking forward, anticipating but perhaps not even able to imagine what the institution would become—“For the future that we wait….”
We stand at the gate of the sustainability challenge. We have the opportunity, the responsibility, and the great honor of molding a sustainable future. This is not a future we can afford to wait for but one we must actively forge by educating our students and ourselves about balancing human welfare with natural systems, reinventing our policies and practices, and mobilizing commitment across diverse stakeholders to address the complex challenges associated with sustaining life on the planet.
For our students—for the glory—for the future.