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The Field Guide Blog is a forum to help you identify, analyze and discuss sustainability educational and research opportunities. Learn more about the Field Guide Blog here.

Let’s teach the Ethics of Climate Change

Posted by on April 15, 2019 in The Curator's Blog | 2 comments

The Ethics of Climate Change is the title of a new course at Penn State. Combining a basic introduction to the science as well as an overview of key ethical issues, this “integrative learning” course offers students either a General Science (GN) credit or a General Humanities (GH) credit upon successful completion of the class. A two-day training workshop on May 9-10 will offer an opportunity for faculty members from across the Commonwealth to bring this course to their campuses. Sponsored by Penn State’s Office of General Education and...

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Sketching the Blueprint for Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Development Future

Posted by on March 1, 2019 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Penn State’s Sustainability Institute is excited to host the Pennsylvania Environmental Consortium’s spring conference, Blueprint for the Future. Register here! Don’t miss Blueprint for the Future, PERC’s Conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Higher Education. The conference will be held Tuesday April 9th in the HUB on Penn State’s University Park campus. Join us to explore higher education’s role in Agenda 2030 and learn how our members are acting on the goals. We will explore the possibility of statewide networks...

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Beating the Beetles in the Lab with Dr. Kelli Hoover

Posted by on July 17, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

The following is a narrative by biochemistry and molecular biology undergraduate student Pratiti Roy as part of the “Students Telling the Stories of Science” series. The essay takes readers into the lab of Dr. Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Hoover’s leads a team of researchers whose work revolves around the study of biological control methods for invasive insect species, particularly the Asian longhorned beetle.  * * * In the basement of the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building...

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Yankees Seeking Paradise: Reflections on International Tourism

Posted by on July 13, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

The following is a narrative by Recreation, Park and Tourism Management undergraduate student William Fitzgerald as part of the “Students Telling the Stories of Science” series. This introspective piece takes readers on a journey through the heart of Tanzania with Carter Hunt, assistant professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Development. He is also the advisor of the sustainability leadership minor at the Penn State Sustainability Institute. Hunt’s research focuses on topics located at...

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Sustainability Curriculum Workshop coming to University Park

Posted by on July 11, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Penn State’s Sustainability Institute will host a workshop to develop sustainability coursework on Aug. 7 and 8. Over the course of two days, faculty will develop a common language for sustainability, connect it to their disciplines and coursework, visit some of Penn State’s best assets, and workshop materials with their peers. The workshop will be held on the University Park campus. Faculty members from all Penn State campuses are encouraged to attend. Dr. Peter Buckland, academic programs manager at the Sustainability Institute,...

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Mind-Altering Conversations to Bring People Together

Posted by on July 11, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

The following is a narrative by English undergraduate student Chloe Cullen as part of the “Students Telling the Stories of Science” series. The essay describes the work of Dr. Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Alter is widely published on various agricultural economics topics in Pennsylvania, United States and Australia. His recent research interests include changing the mind-sets of Australians to understand tactics used to control invasive...

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Students Tell the Stories of Science and Sustainability: Introduction

Posted by on July 6, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

In this series, we feature student writing on sustainability researchers at Penn State. This past spring, students in Paul Kellermann’s English 416 course on science writing learned how to write science stories for the everyday person. Because sustainability is so immersed in the sciences, we believe it was a great opportunity to develop Penn State students’ writing abilities, literary prowess, and their understanding of sustainability issues. Best of all, we thought it would be a great way to share what our students are learning...

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Fighting Poverty through Management Education

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Today at 2 pm, the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium will host this important webinar, “Fighting Poverty through Management Education.”  It will be presented by Milenko Gudić, the  Founding Director of REFOMENT in Belgrade, Serbia. Gudić also serves as the co-chair of PRME Anti-poverty Working Group and is a visiting lecturer, UDG-University, Montenegro. Register here today. The PRME Anti-Poverty Working Group, established in 2008 among the first PRME Working Groups, today includes more than 180 members from 150...

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A local elementary school is becoming “grounds for hope”

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Claire Talley is a sophomore at Penn State, studying Education and Public Policy with a focus in Sustainability Education. She is the Academic Programs Intern at the Sustainability Institute, where she works on the Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability. She is working with State College Area School District’s Corl Street Elementary School on how ecological literacy can be communicated through physical school building and transferred into classroom curriculum. In this post, Talley explores the work of David Orr and how Corl...

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What are the Pathways to a Sustainable Pittsburgh? Meet Dr. Patricia Demarco

Posted by on April 17, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

As Earth Day arrives, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the University Libraries, the Palmer Museum of Art, and Rock Ethics Institute are thrilled to host Dr. Patrica DeMarco. DeMarco has been a leading environmental and public health advocate for thirty years. Most recently, she is the author of Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh. SCHEDULE Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm: Dr. DeMarco will join Dr. Peter Buckland at the screening of Plastic Paradise at Penn State’s Flex Theatre in the...

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When Nurses talk with Architects: Teaching Health, Building Design, and Sustainability

Posted by on March 15, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

Please join Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Hamer Center for Community Design, and the College of Nursing would like to invite you to a late-morning discussion on teaching, health, design, and sustainability. The Hamer Center for Community Design, Stuckeman Building 11 am on Thursday, March 21st We will be joined by visiting professor of Nursing, Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy of Villanova University. Dr. McDermott-Levy focuses on environmental and planetary health. She will join Dr. Lisa Iulo and staff from the Hamer Center and...

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Defending Our Future: David Titley to Headline Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium

Posted by on February 27, 2018 in The Curator's Blog | 0 comments

It’s time to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 12th, the date of “Defending Our Future,” PERC’s Spring Conference on Penn State’s University Park campus. It will feature Rear Admiral Dave Titley, founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk as our keynote speaker followed by panels, speakers, and a poster session. Dr. Titley has spoken across the country and throughout the world on the importance of climate change as it relates to National Security. He has served...

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