Penn State organizes events which promote conservation and sustainable utilization of oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, and marine resources through its Sea Grant program, Riparia Center, Extension programs, and with the Pennsylvania Water Council.

The Sea Grant program hosts annual environmental forums focused on Lake Erie (see October 2021 Forum agenda and July 2021 Forum agenda for details).

Riparia responds to requests for information and assistance from the University students and faculty, the University’s Office of the Physical Plant, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, industries, schools, and citizens. 

The Water Council and Penn State’s Sustainability Institute held joint events in 2021. The Soundings water film series was co-presented by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Penn State’s Water Council, and WPSU. This series explored the intersecting issues surrounding water conservation and the innovative research and policy solutions addressing these issues around the world.

Extension programs include webinars and workshops on the role of river basin commissions and water use, groundwater protection, water management, stream ecology, the relationship between agriculture and Chesapeake Bay water quality, and watershed-friendly property certification. 

A Stormwater Knowledge quiz on the Office of Physical Plant website promotes and raises awareness about watershed protection.