Sustainability Institute to present 'A Will for the Woods' on Jan. 22 in downtown State College

Penn State’s Sustainability Institute (SI) will host “A Will for the Woods,” a feature-length documentary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Faith United Church of Christ in downtown State College. The film is the fifth in SI’s “Limits of the Imagination” film series and the first screening of the spring semester. The series seeks to confront the complexity of global issues, including climate change, social inequality and poverty, and how these issues challenge us personally.

“A Will for the Woods” is a 2014 documentary by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson about one man’s journey to be given a green burial as he reaches the end of his life. Clark Wang suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and with an understanding of the high volume of resources used in burials each year, his last wish is to be buried in a way the improves the health of the planet while also conserving a piece of land from being clear-cut.

Each film in the “Limits of the Imagination” series challenges viewers to take on new perspectives while also offering a better understanding of sustainability in the context of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals — 17 objectives agreed to by more than 190 nations to create a sustainable future for the planet. The SDGs cover everything from human sustainability (zero hunger, quality education for all), to economic sustainability (providing good paying, safe jobs and industrial innovation), to environmental sustainability (ensuring clean water and addressing climate change). 

The event is free, and open to the public and co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts Green Steering Committee, College of Nursing and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. For more information about the films in the 'Limits of the Imagination' series, visit