Sustainability is a top strategic goal for the college. In the college's 2015-19 Strategic Plan, the outcome of Goal 6 is to incorporate sustainability thinking into all aspects of EMS. The strategic mission of Goal 6 states that EMS is committed to promoting principles of sustainability in its research, teaching, and in practical applications. This strategic goal remains a priority for the college and will be included in the upcoming 2020 strategic plan.
News and Events
The GreenGov Council and Penn State’s Sustainability Institute are co-hosting a monthly webinar series on various sustainability topics.
|Date||Title of Talk||Presenter|
|June 24, 1:00-1:45 p.m.||UN Sustainable Development Goals & Pennsylvania||Paul Shrivastava, Chief Sustainability Officer & Director of PSU Sustainability Institute|
|July 10, 1:00-1:45 p.m.||Ensuring Food Security in Pennsylvania||Nicole McGeehan, Certified ServSafe instructor, trained in Home Food Preservation, teaches Retail and Consumer Food Safety programs and Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling|
|August 14, 1:00-1:45 p.m.||Carbon Emission Drawdown (CO2)||Tom L. Richard, Director of PSU Institutes of Energy and the Environment, professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering|
|September 18, 1:00-1:45 p.m.||Green Teams to Activate the Workplace||Lydia Vandenbergh, Associate Director of Employee Engagement and Education at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute|
|October 16, 1:00-1:45 p.m.||Water, Agriculture, and Pennsylvania||Lara Fowler, Senior Lecturer, Penn State Law; Assistant Director for Outreach and Engagement, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment|
|November 13, 1:00-1:45 p.m.||Recycling Markets||Lydia Vandenbergh, Associate Director of Employee Engagement and Education at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute|
Sustainability Office Appointed
At the encouragement and behest of Penn State Sustainability Officer Paul Shrivastava, the college has recently initiated a formal sustainability effort. Tim White, research professor in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, was appointed the Sustainability Officer for the college in July 2019. He will be responsible for advancing environmental sustainability as a foundational principle in all we do in the college: education, research, outreach and operations. He will also serve as our liaison to the University’s Sustainability Institute.
Tim’s first challenge was to form a college Sustainability Council and subcommittees, who will be tasked with developing a unified vision and strategy for enhancing sustainability and to present that to the college community for implementation. This vision and strategy will contribute to the college’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.
The four committees are:
The immediate goals of each committee are to:
- Assess existing and ongoing college resources and activities related to environmental sustainability in order to create a list of those resources and activities along with any funding source (if applicable) and a contact name, by spring Break 2020;
- Present simple actions the college community can take to expand and broaden our environmental sustainability profile, in a similar time frame; and
- Propose innovative and bold actions that the college can take that may require additional resources to accomplish those actions by summer 2020. These actions will be submitted to the college's Strategic Planning committee for consideration in the new college 5-year strategic plan.
- Brandi Robinson (chair)
- Karen Marosi
- Erich Schienke
- Annie Taylor
- Ron Wasco (chair)
- Matt Fantle
- Liz Long
- Carol High
- Ray Najjar
- Patty Craig (chair)
- Elise Gowen
- Megan Kohler
- Stevie Rocco
- Natasha Miles (chair)
- Trevor Birkenholtz
- Libby Kupp
- Mike Hickner
- Rob Nicholas
Sustainability Council Members
The chairs of each committee are on the college Sustainability Council along with Tim White and the at-large members.
- Richard Alley
- Ken Davis
- Liz Hajek
- Karen Marosi
- Joel Morrison
- Victoria Sanchez
- Erica Smithwick
Undergraduate student member
- Chris Long
Graduate student member
- Harrison Cole