Sustainability is a strategic initiative in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Below are the most current stories showcasing our college's sustainability efforts.
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The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Sustainability Council is pleased to announce the 4th annual request for proposals to an EMS Sustainability Fund for research and innovation. The aim of the fund is to support activities that reduce or offset the carbon and overall environmental footprint of the College, and thereby accomplish the same for the University and society as a whole.
Some examples of potential projects may range from 1) CAUSE-like classes to guide students in providing carbon and energy accounting to groups who wish to minimize emissions and/or increase energy use efficiency, and help them achieve their goal; to 2) research in solar cells, grid stability, battery technology, carbon capture, storage and sequestration, and many other topics not listed here; to 3) changes in operations and infrastructure that lead to lowered emissions and/or greater energy and resource use efficiencies. An outreach component should be considered, at minimum to build a presence on the EMS Sustainability website.
How to apply
We request one-page proposals that describe the proposed activity, lead and co-leads of the activity, and a single-value budget. We anticipate funding on the order of 3-5 proposals each in the $7000 - $10,000 range though smaller and larger requests will be considered including the possibility of funding a single visionary and ambitious project. Highly ranked proposals may be required to provide a more detailed budget. Proposals that act or build on EMS Sustainability Goals will be prioritized. Please submit your proposals to Tim White, EMS Sustainability Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 p.m. on February 9, 2024. Decisions will be made prior to spring break 2024.
With a sled full of wooden stakes, green tree shelters and saplings in tow, Tim White made his way across acres of mud and grass and at times ankle-deep water to a three-person team planting saplings along a trench.
In 2020, Penn State and the University of Freiburg launched a pilot program to create collaborative, integrated virtual classroom courses by providing development and implementation money to faculty teams.
Energy Days, an annual conference that brings together professionals working in all areas of energy, will be held on May 19 and 20. This year's event will be virtual, and it is free and open to the public.
This month, Penn State's Sustainability Institute (SI) and the Student Sustainability Advisory Council (SSAC) honored six Penn State students for their leadership and commitment to sustainability throughout their time at Penn State.
The social cost of methane -- a greenhouse gas that is 30 times as potent as carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat -- varies by as much as an order of magnitude between industrialized and developing regions of the world, according to researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), UC Berkeley and Penn State.
Jean Paul Allain, professor of nuclear engineering and head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, will discuss the recent progress made in nuclear fusion, emerging technologies and the remaining challenges to realizing energy generation from a star here on Earth at a talk at 4 p.m. Monday, April 12.
A panel of energy experts from Penn State and industry will discuss how energy systems are currently designed to be resilient to extreme weather events, and how they may need to be designed in the future. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 12 via Zoom.
David Victor, professor of industrial organization and innovation and co-director of the Deep Decarbonization Initiative at the University of California San Diego, will discuss the choices and technology available to make climate policy work at a talk at 4 p.m. Monday, April 5.
Paul Shrivastava, chief sustainability officer, director of the Sustainability Institute and professor of management at Penn State, will discuss how Penn State is attempting to institutionalize sustainability at the University, in Pennsylvania and around the world, at a talk at 4 p.m. Monday, March 29.
Penn State alumna Elana Chapman, senior fuels and biofuels engineer at General Motors (GM), has been recognized for her impacts within the fuel industry.