Our Nature, Penn State Sustainability’s Blog

Our Nature, Penn State Sustainability’s Blog2023-12-20T11:06:27-05:00

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.

World Vegan Day – Exploring Plant-Based Diets

By Halina Dingo In recent years, Veganism has been surging in popularity in the United States, with many people converting to this diet for a variety of compelling reasons. Whether it be for health, cost, religion, concern for the environment, or animal welfare, people are increasingly embracing plant-based diets.   For many, it can be difficult to transition to plant-based eating, especially if they grew up in a household with meat-centric meals. Misconceptions about this diet, such as it being bland, unfulfilling, [...]

November 1, 2022|

A Student Perspective on Hispanic Heritage Month; Zairi Mercader

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.: Zairi Mercader is an undergraduate student at Penn State, double majoring in Marketing and Spanish with a minor in Information Systems Management. She is the President of the Puerto Rican Student Association (PRSA), VP of University Relations for the Penn State Latino Caucus, and the University Relations chair for WIB [Women in Business]. For more information about Penn State's events and initiatives for Hispanic Heritage Month, stay tuned for the end of the article. First, tell a little [...]

October 25, 2022|

What’s the deal with the Green New Deal?

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 [...]

September 8, 2022|

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 [...]

April 27, 2022|
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