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 (email@example.com) by 5 p.m. on February 9, 2024. Decisions will be made prior to spring break 2024.
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.
Coastal cities such as Baltimore expect to see increased impacts of climate change, such as severe flooding, heat stress and increased energy consumption, particularly in low-income communities.
Students like Akhdan Mir, an energy engineering major and Millennium Scholar, are among the many taking on important challenges like the global need for safe, secure and abundant resources thanks to philanthropy through the impact of 'A Greater Penn State.'
Tom Murphy, director of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research at Penn State, will give the talk "Utility Scale Solar and Pennsylvania – Trends, Impacts, and Implications" at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in 112 Walker Building at University Park.
Penn State University Libraries will participate in the 14th annual global observation of Open Access Week, Oct. 24–30, by hosting a virtual panel of Penn State faculty at noon Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Farmers in the Midwest should care about the saltiness of ocean water thousands of miles from their fields, according to a team of scientists.
Kaitlyn Spangler, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at Penn State, will deliver the talk "Towards solar justice in Pennsylvania: tensions of land, farming, and power" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10.
Turning plastic waste into useful products through chemical recycling is one strategy for addressing Earth's growing plastic pollution problem. A new study may improve the ability of one method, called pyrolysis, to process hard-to-recycle mixed plastics — like multilayer food packaging — and generate fuel as a byproduct, the scientists said.
Climate change in the Arctic is evident as temperatures rise and Alaskan coastal Indigenous communities face severe, urgent, and complex social and infrastructural challenges. A collection of Penn State research in the region, being driven by social sciences and in collaboration with engineering and natural sciences, will address these challenges.
Allen Landis, executive director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Energy Department Authority, will deliver the talk "Snapshot of Pennsylvania’s Solar Sector — and Programs and Policies to Grow It" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26.