Want to get a better sense of where and how sustainability is happening in real time at Penn State?

Get out! Take a walk, or check it out virtually!

The nine-acre Sustainability Experience Center, coordinated by the Sustainability Institute, lies on the edge of Penn State’s University Park campus and provides a living laboratory for students, faculty, and the community to research and learn about sustainability. The site provides an ideal location to explore food, energy, water, land and community systems. The site is home to the campus Community Garden and five ongoing research and outreach projects hosted by various departments and colleges in the university.

In our strong commitment to keeping our community members and SEC staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to limit in-person tours of the Sustainability Experience Center to Penn State affiliated groups. During this time we will be eagerly offering the public a variety of outreach and programming opportunities to help you stay in touch with the importance of sustainable practices in our education, research, advocacy, and daily living. If your Penn State affiliated group would like to enjoy an in person tour, we invite you to request one using the form on this page. 

Not a Part of a Penn State Affiliated Group? Take a Virtual Tour: map.psu.edu

In the Sustainability Section of this interactive university map, you’ll find:

  1. LEED Buildings
  2. Solar Sites
  3. Sustainability Experience Center
  4. The Student Farm

Heritage Trees

Wondering what that beautiful tree whose limbs touch the ground behind Armsby Building is? You can find descriptions of the campus trees here, including heritage trees, commemorative trees and even see some that are no longer with us on the historical archive. Use the filters to find the trees you want or zoom in and take an aerial view of campus. Click on trees to find their descriptions — red- and orange-tagged trees are heritage trees and yellow-tagged trees are commemorative trees.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Located between State College and Huntingdon, only 12 miles from Penn State’s University Park campus, SCEC offers trails, live animals up close, opportunities to learn about conservation, and loads of good programs.

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