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 fall 2022 Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research seminar series at Penn State will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 1, with two seminars by Karen Palmer, senior fellow and director of the Electric Power Program at Resources for the Future (RFF).
The Penn State Center for Energy Law and Policy (CELP) and the Hamer Center for Community Design in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School are teaming up to host a one-hour webinar at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 to address the substantial challenges low-income individuals in Pennsylvania face in accessing energy efficiency programs.
Tapping into abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, products of the state’s long history of energy extraction — could provide a future source of affordable geothermal energy, according to Penn State scientists.
Niko Kochendoerfer, a postdoctoral fellow in animal sciences at Cornell University, will deliver the talk "Effect of sheep stocking rate on ecosystem parameters in ground-mounted solar arrays " at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.
The second annual Penn State Solar Law Symposium will be held via webinar from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.
Two Penn State researchers received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation through the Belmont Forum to study actual and perceived impacts of land abandonment on the sustainability of soil and water resources.
Kaitlyn Spangler, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at Penn State, will discuss issues with the diversity of crops in her talk "Beyond corn, soy and wheat? Re-imagining a diverse U.S. agricultural landscape.”
Nelson Dzade will discuss advances in thin-film solar cells in his talk titled "The interface is still the device: engineering it for enhanced thin film solar cell performance."
Lexie Hain, director of agrivoltaics and land management at Lightsource bp, will introduce solar grazing as an agrivoltaic practice, and discuss ecosystem service considerations, as well as aspects of performance, professionalism, and potential implementation in her talk "Agricultural integration and solar facilities: Agrivoltaics in context" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.
Jenn Baka, associate professor of geography at Penn State, received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award to examine the impact of a new ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania on humans’ relationship to the environment and environmental policymaking.