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We all have a role to play in addressing today’s sustainability challenges. As a Penn Stater, it’s in “our nature” to work collaboratively towards these much-needed solutions. Nittany Lions have a long history of positive climate impact and “Our Nature” chronicles trustworthy environmental news, stories, and perspectives from throughout the Penn State community.

Hear firsthand how faculty, staff, alumni, and students are making an impact each day, what their successes and challenges have been, and what’s fueling their passion for progress. By following these stories or submitting your own, we hope you’ll find inspiration and hope for our shared sustainable future.

Both our choices and our voices are powerful tools that can be leveraged to improve conditions for our planet, wildlife, and selves.

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This evening, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, a political scientist who helped author the Green New Deal, is coming to Penn State to speak about how students can join in the fight against climate change and help in a meaningful way. In preparation for Gunn-Wright’s visit and as a general reference, it is important for the public to understand the Green New Deal (GND) proposal and its impacts. Most people have heard of the Green New Deal, but sometimes don’t know the concrete [...]

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How student activism at Penn State helped cement the origins of Earth Day

By Sierra Keller UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - The first Earth Day took place 52 years ago, on April 22, 1970, marking the birth of the contemporary environmental movement. The 1960s was a time ripe for change. Over 100 million vehicles flooded American roadways, producing over half of our country’s hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions.  Deadly smog became more prevalent in cities around the country due to the lack of rigorous air quality standards. The Santa Barbara Disaster and Cuyahoga Fire [...]

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