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Sustainability

Penn State will be a leader in creating comprehensive solutions to mitigate the dangers of climate change and address the challenges of providing safe and abundant water, clean and renewable energy sources, and plentiful and nutritious food. Areas of focus include:

  • driving fundamental science relevant to critical problems
  • developing technologies for implementation
  • improving modeling capability
  • fully engaging our research infrastructure
  • forging broad and relevant partnerships

A Healthy, Sustainable, and Innovative Pennsylvania

Health, sustainability, and innovation do not happen independently. Sustainability is inherent in everything we do — in our daily work and personal lives and across all academic disciplines.

Our goals are rooted in elements of sustainability and reflect many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A graphic representation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Outreach Sustainability Council

The Penn State Outreach Sustainability Council is composed of representatives from a broad range of Outreach units to emphasizes cross-program collaboration. As we engage partners outside of the University, our efforts can have far-reaching impact across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, beyond the focus of a single department or campus. Collaboratively, we aim to make a stronger impact.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Tom Bartnik, Penn State Center Pittsburgh
  • Lucy McClain, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Council Members

  • Kristian Berg, WPSU
  • Peter Boger, Sustainability Institute
  • Steve Chichester, Strategic Planning and Assessment
  • Corinna Fisher, Conferences & Institutes
  • Andy Gatto, Nittany AI Alliance
  • Emma Hance, Readiness Institute at Penn State
  • Tracey Huston, Vice President for Outreach
  • Greg Miller, Outreach Marketing
  • Shivaani Selvaraj, Penn State Center Philadelphia
  • Amanda Smith, K–12 Engagement
  • Richard Smith, Community Engagement
  • Patrick Williams, Outreach Development
  • Spring Younkin, OLLI at Penn State