The Sustainability Showcase Series connects research, activism, storytelling, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by creating a platform for the community to engage with experts in a diversity of sustainability fields.

Formerly a weekly lecture series, in 2023 the Showcases transitioned into an opportunity to have multi-day visits to campus from experts twice a semester, with interactive discussions, demonstrations, and workshops offered by our invited guest experts. In 2023-24, Penn State was privileged to host:

Till Kellerhoff, program director for the Club of Rome and program lead of Earth4All, a global collective of scientists, economists, communicators, and advocates working in 5 areas to turnaround modern economies and focus on more sustainable ways of societal living. Till joined us in October 2023 as part of the warmup events towards our fall 2023 Colloquium on the Environment with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, co-chair of the Club of Rome.

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Freddie Bitsoie, an award-winning Diné chef and author of New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian. Freddie joined us for a cooking demonstration with Penn State’s Student Farm, a public talk, demonstration at State College High School, and other events as part of Native American Heritage Month in November 2023.

Geoff Dembicki, award-winning journalist and author of The Petroleum Papers, named a Best Book of 2022 by the Washington Post and others, which explores the history of how much fossil fuel energy companies knew about the likely effects of climate change decades ago. Geoff joined us for a public talk, Q&As with local high school students and community groups, and a book reading in February 2024.

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Heather Swan, award-winning eco-poet, author, and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose most recent book Where the Grass Still Sings was published by Penn State University Press in May 2024. Heather joined us for a public talk, a nature-writing workshop, poetry reading, and more events exploring humans’ relationships with the insect world in March 2024.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2024-25 lineup of Showcase speakers. To keep up-to-date with the latest news about what our Showcase guests will be doing during their visits, please sign-up for our Mainstream Newsletter or check out our Sustainability Calendar of Events.

The 2023-24 Sustainability Showcase Series would not have been possible without the generous support of the University Park Student Fee Board.

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