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Earth Week 2014 Schedule

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Saturday, April 12

Penn State Shenango Earth Fest

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Penn State Shenango's 3rd annual Earth Fest was held on Saturday, April 12. This community-wide event featured a drum circle, live music from Billy B "The Natural Science Song and Dance Man" and a local steel drum band, educational presentations on composting, gardening and sustainable food choices, activities for children and their families, an artists' market, a computer and cell phone recycling event, and information tables from sustainability-minded local organizations. For more information and photos from the event, visit


Tuesday, April 15

James Balog (Chasing Ice) Lecture

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Schwab Auditorium

SPA Distinguished Speaker Series invites you to attend a lecture by award-winning environmental photographer: James Balog. Free tickets are available for students and the public in 223 HUB and from 11-2pm Mon-Fri on the first floor of the HUB.

Balog's most recent work was featured in 'Chasing Ice', which focuses on his project Extreme Ice Survey, the most extensive study of glaciers to date. The noteworthy documentary won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival & was screened to top officials in Congress. You can see his photographs in major magazines including: The New Yorker & National Geographic.

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Thursday, April 17

Engineering Library Open House

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
325 Hammond

ThursdayApril 17th from 1:00-4:00pm the Engineering Library (325 Hammond) will be holding an Open House to celebrate Sustainability in Engineering!

The purpose of the event is to promote library resources that support sustainability in engineering. Activities will include displays and pictures of the major accomplishments within the College of Engineering regarding sustainability and a demonstration of major online library resources will be provided.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have as you continue with your studies. All are welcome and cake will be served! 

Please contact the Engineering Library at for more information.



Saturday, April 19th

Polar Day

Multiple events - all day

Only three people in the world have crossed Antarctica alone, and only one was a woman. Author and explorer Felicity Aston, the first woman to cross Antarctica alone, will speak at Penn State during Polar Day 2014.

Penn State University’s Polar Day, a free public event celebrating the natural and cultural value of the Polar Regions. Polar Day will be held at Penn State University Park in the HUB Freeman Auditorium on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event also includes a lecture on rapid change in the Arctic by Julienne Stroeve, PhD, a data sonification performance by Matt Kenney, a graduate student in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, and Mark Ballora, PhD, associate professor of music technology in the Penn State School of Music; a lecture titled “Archaeology on Ice," by James Dixon, PhD; a showing of the documentary “People of a Feather;" a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) demonstration; a raffle for a free copy of James Balog’s book “Chasing Ice;” a graduate student poster competition; and an exhibition of the “Best Polar Image,” a competition among Penn State undergraduate and graduate students.

Free parking will be available at the HUB parking deck, and coffee and snacks will be served throughout the day. Polar Day 2014 is sponsored by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Penn State Eberly College of Science and the Penn State Polar Center.

An agenda and more info is at:

Tuesday, April 22nd

Growing Cities film screening

6:30 p.m. - 121 Sparks Building

This Earth Day, you are invited to a special screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary film, “Growing Cities.” This film examines the role of urban farming in America, the power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

Come and hear the filmmaker and director of the documentary, Dan Susman, as he joins in a discussion with agriculture and food experts from Penn State as well as community members.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis.

The panel includes:

-Clare Hinrichs, Penn State Professor of Rural Sociology
-Bryan McDonald, Penn State Professor of History
-James Eisenstein, Penn State Emeritus Professor of Political Science/Friends & Famers Cooperative Interim Board Member
-Shane Hall, Paragon Foods Director of Marketing and Customer Relations
-Dan Susman, Growing Cities film director/producer

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. For a university map, click here.

For Google driving directions, click here.

Growing Cities Trailer from Growing Cities Movie on Vimeo. The trailer for the upcoming documentary, Growing Cities, a film about two young men's journey across America to learn about urban agriculture and how it is revitalizing cities one animal, vegetable, and chicken at a time.


Green Team Earth Day Extravaganza!

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Outreach Building

The second annual Earth Day Extravaganza will kick off at 9:00am on Tuesday, April 22nd in the lobby of the Outreach Building. Events for the day include but are not limited to, build-a-pot, plant-a-seed activity, Earth Day quizzes, Sustainability discussion, Sustainability suggestion board and a Terracycle game. Each activity will have a take home component. There will be food and prizes. 9am to 10am: Discussion of sustainability efforts at Penn State including a Q&A. 10am to 2pm: Quizzes, activities, food and prizes.


Student Sustainability Advisory Council Annual Tree Award & Planting

1:30 p.mTree planting photo.. -- Morningstar Solar Home

The annual Student Sustainability Advisory Council Tree award exists to honor members of the Penn State community, specifically students, who have shown particular commitment to sustainability during their time at Penn State. The award consists of a tree planted in the winners name, on the grounds of the Morningstar Solar Home at Penn State.

This tree will stand through the future of Penn State as a reminder of the growth and prosperity of the winner(s). This year, the ceremony will take place on Earth Day (April 22nd) at 1:30pm at the Morningstar Solar home.

Representatives from the SSAC, the Sustainability Institute, and Penn State's administration will be in attendance.

Eco-Action Earth Day Celebration

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. -- Old Main Patio and Lawn

Join Eco-Action for performances, plant potting, tie dye and more! Environmental groups will be in attendance, come find out what they are working on. Bring your own t-shirts to dye and lawn games to share.

More info at:


Wednesday, April 23rd

Cutting Pollution, Adapting Now: How Pennsylvania Can Confront Climate Change & Planting

4:00 p.m. -- Schlow Library Community Room, 211 S Allen St

We need a two-front attack to confront climate change: Cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the climate impacts we are already facing. In particular, working with, and not against, nature provides multiple benefits for communities, such as flood risk reduction, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. How can wildlife management agencies and conservation groups act now to help protect and restore natural systems to deal with the changes we’re already seeing, which we expect to accelerate? How can we put our natural resources to work, using best practices in managing our lands and waters to safeguard our communities and habitats for decades to come? A roundtable discussion on April 23 at 4:00pm will detail how climate change is impacting Pennsylvania and what steps we should consider to protect our wildlife, public health, and outdoor economy.

Includes: Nels Johnson, Deputy State Director, PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; Christine Proctor, Pennsylvania Game Commission; Ken Undercoffer, PA Trout Unlimited Coordinator, Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture