Colloquium on the Environment

For Penn State’s annual Colloquium on the Environment, in 2023 we are excited to host AY Young–producer, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur–who powers his “Battery Tour” performances using renewable energy. He was recently named a United Nations (UN) Youth Leader for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and performed at President Biden’s inauguration.

AY is currently working on a Global Goals album, labeled Project17 in collaboration with earth’s biggest artists and companies to create one song for each of the 17 SDGs. He is on a mission to collaboratively make our planet a healthier, kinder, and more sustainable world together with a network of some of the most high-powered companies in the world.

AY Young Soundscapes of Sustainability Series at Penn State is a collaborative effort between the Sustainability Institute and Penn State students to energize the Penn State community and plug into the power of partnerships to achieve a more sustainable future.  

During his visit at Penn State University Park, AY will be plugging into several events throughout the week of April 10th to kick-off Earth Day celebrations. All events are free and open to the public. You can find AY: 

  • Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m. – Pop-up concert at 3Dots Downtown 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 12 p.m. – Pop-up concert at the HUB 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 5 p.m. – Community concert and ice cream social at the Arboretum, RSVP here! 
  • Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m. – 1st Annual Sustainability Summit at HUB Alumni Hall, RSVP here!   

 If you’re interested in having AY visit your classroom, meeting, event, or another function during his visit to Penn State and State College, please fill out this form. 

1st Annual Student Sustainability Summit

The first-ever student-led Sustainability Summit is sponsored by the University Park Undergraduate Association with support from the Sustainability Institute. At the Sustainability Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with sustainability leaders, faculty, staff, and fellow students to share your passion for creating a more sustainable future. In addition, the occasion will highlight the fantastic sustainability projects already underway at Penn State, focusing on exceptional student leadership. 

The Sustainability Summit is more than just a celebration of our accomplishments – it’s also an opportunity to build new partnerships and continue momentum towards our shared sustainability goals. The evening will include a sustainability action conversation, where we’ll discuss next steps for achieving Penn State’s sustainability goals and identify opportunities for collaboration between different groups working towards similar objectives 

The Sustainability Summit provides an excellent opportunity to connect and show your personal and institutional support for our students’ efforts to create a more just, verdant, and sustainable future. Register to join us for this event HERE!

Let’s get plugged in—it starts when we come together!