Webinar marks Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 26, council invites ideas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Wednesday (Oct. 26) marks the ninth annual nationwide Campus Sustainability Day, an observance launched to encourage colleges and universities to rally their communities around the pursuit of a more sustainable world. This year, the day features a free “Campus Conversations” webinar titled “A Useful Education: Sustainability in Admissions, Retention and Educational Value.” Members of Penn State’s Sustainability Council hope this year’s “Campus Conversation” will spark additional input into the University’s first Strategic Plan for Sustainability, which is nearing completion.

The deadline for public commentary on the University's plan has been extended from Oct. 16 to Wednesday, Nov. 23. A draft version of the plan, along with a form for submitting commentary, is available at http://green.psu.edu/SustPlan/form.asp online.

"This plan is constructed from ideas and strategies provided by an unprecedented series of focus groups, input sessions and crowdsourcing opportunities," said Denice Wardrop, co-chair of the University Sustainability Council, which is collecting the input and preparing the plan. It is "our" plan, she noted, reflective of our uniqueness and diversity as Penn Staters, and needs the largest possible pool of ideas to chart our course to our vision of a sustainable Penn State.

The Campus Sustainability Day webinar, produced by Massachusetts nonprofit organization Second Nature, invites deeper dialogue, connection and comprehension on campuses around the importance of sustainability in higher education. Anyone with an Internet connection may participate, as an individual or with a group. Participants must sign up to view the webinar, which will consist of a brief (10-15 minute) video that can be re-screened any time thereafter. Participants can then watch, ask questions and respond to live video feedback on the Conversation topic at any time during the day on Oct. 26.

Campus Sustainability Day is supported by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, Second Nature, U.S. Green Building Council and National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program. To learn more about it, and to register for the webinar, visit http://www.aashe.org/campus-sustainability-day online.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Strategic Plan for Sustainability, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/54759 online.

For a list of sustainability initiatives Penn State is already doing, visit http://green.psu.edu/psuDoing/default.asp, and to learn more about Penn State sustainability teaching and research, visit http://green.psu.edu/research/default.asp online.

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Last Updated October 26, 2011