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Sustainability at Penn State: Highlight Report

Sustainability at Penn State: 2018-2019 Highlight Report

The Sustainability Institute curated a highlight report, Sustainability at Penn State, to capture efforts across the University that contribute to a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful future for Penn State, Pennsylvania and the planet. As you review the report, we encourage you to find ways to step into your own role as a sustainability champion using your own uniqe set of skills, expertise and interests. Not sure where to begin? We've included some suggestions below: 

Engagement Opportunities for Everyone:

  1. Review the Sustainability at Penn State report
  2. Sign up to receive Mainstream, the bi-weekly enewsletter from the Sustainability Institute
  3. Join the SI Affiliate Program
  4. Attend sustainability-related events throughout the year
  5. Email the Sustainability Institute with your questions and feedback: email:
  6. Follow the Sustainability Institute on Facebook, twitter, Instagram: @sustainPSU)

Engagement Opportunities for Students:

  1.  Join a student organization that advances one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (email Perry Dripps at with questions about organizations)
  2. Consider whether the the sustainability leadership minor might be a right fit for you
  3. Understand the roles of student government organizations at University Park and Commonwealth Campuses and consider getting involved
  4. Dig into the sustainable food systems program with the Student Farm at Penn State and other campus farms and gardens
  5. Contact the Sustainability Institute to learn more about possible internship opportunities available at our office. Positions cover a variety of topics and subject areas, from communications to engineering and environmental justice 

Engagement Opportunities for Faculty & Staff:

  1. Join or establish a Green Team at Penn State at your unit or office
  2. Lead the way to your unit or office achieving its Green Paws certification
  3. Connect with the Sustainability Council at your college, campus or unit
  4. Collaborate with community organizations in your classes through the Sustainable Communities Collaborative.
  5. Request information about the Sustainability Planning Guidebook for Penn State units and colleges

Of course there are countless other ways to address the pressing global challenges we face today. Reach out to a Sustainability Institute staff member to explore possibilities for solutions, offer suggestions or learn more about a specific topic of interest. We look forward to hearing from you!