2012 Penn State Environmental Forum: Reinventing the Wheel

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Would you rather sit in traffic and pay a lot for gas, or save money and make a friend? Our individual commuting choices will have long-term impacts on our collective budgets, health and environment. What are the transportation alternatives, what are the University’s researchers working on, and what is Penn State planning for the future? These questions will be the focus of “Reinventing the Wheel -- Penn State’s 2012 Environmental Forum” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the HUB-Robeson Alumni Hall on the University Park campus of Penn State. This event is free for all campuses and locations.

The goal of the forum is to inform and inspire faculty, staff and students about transportation alternatives and gather feedback on ways to make the system more effective and efficient. Steve Maruszewski, assistant vice president of Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant, and David Gray, senior vice president for the Office of Finance and Business, will discuss the challenges of our current transportation system and the opportunities ahead. Teresa Davis, director of transportation at Transportation Services, will report on the results of last year’s transportation survey and explain the alternatives currently available and the University’s plans for the future.

The forum will present some overall goals and allow participants to brainstorm about how we can apply sustainable principles to commuting, meeting arrangements, and cross-campus travel. In the latter part of the event, participants will be able to question experts about carpooling, bicycling, bus riding and “green” car choices and offer their suggestions on Penn State’s transportation planning. Participants also can ask questions of the local groups and businesses that will have exhibits at the event, including CATA, Fullington, Penn State Transportation Services, Health Matters, Centre Region Bike Coalition, Larson Transportation Institute, and more. Other campuses are encouraged to participate remotely through Adobe Connect.

This will be the seventh forum sponsored by the Finance and Business Environmental Stewardship Key Initiative. The Campus Sustainability Office organizes the event, along with a planning committee consisting of a broad representation of members from the University Park and Altoona campuses. Every year, the Environmental Forum seeks to raise awareness among Penn State faculty and staff about critical sustainability issues and give them practical tools to implement effective solutions.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The event is free, but registration is requested to anticipate attendance.

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For more information about the environmental forum, contact Lydia Vandenbergh at Lydia@psu.edu or 814-863-4893.

For more information about Penn State sustainability initiatives, visit www.green.psu.edu online.

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Last Updated September 20, 2012