Five Schreyer Honors College scholars participated in the third-annual State of State conference earlier this month. The commentary and conversations on diverse perspectives and topics served to promote dialogue on the present and the future of Penn State.
Penn State kinesiology students conducted a project to learn how social norms, health issues and resources can affect a city's physical activity and overall health. While there is no single prescription to find a balance, the students used the American Fitness Index to create action plans for seven Pennsylvania cities, including Allentown, Scranton, State College, Reading, York, Erie and Lancaster, to start bridging the gap.
The Penn State chapter of the American Solar Energy Society will join its national office to present the 20th annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event at 1 p.m. on Oct. 11. The event will showcase the solar technologies community members are using to drastically reduce monthly energy bills, reduce harmful carbon emissions and enjoy rich tax credits and cash incentives as they improve their property values.
The rankings come from Walk Score, a company that gathers data about a location’s walkability, bikeability, and access to public transit and allows people to compare places they are considering living. Walk Score rated 154 U.S. cities with their Bike Score service, which measures whether a location is good for biking on a scale from 0 - 100 based on four equally weighted components: bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and bike commuting mode share. State College earned a bike score of 77.4 – i.e. “Very Bikeable,” with biking being “convenient for most trips.”