Sustainability summit to target student involvement

March 12, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Those who have an interest in learning more about what their fellow Penn State students are doing to promote sustainability on campus will come together for Penn State’s first Student Sustainability Summit from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on March 24, in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The summit will showcase student organizations working toward environmental and social change, give participants the opportunity to collaborate on group projects and provide a forum to share knowledge and learn about campus sustainability resources.

Summit organizers are reaching out to students who have an established interest in sustainability issues, as well as those who may be curious.

“The sustainability summit is not for a type of person or member in a particular group,” said Doug Middleton, a senior in Energy and Mineral Engineering and president of Penn State Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (I.D.E.A.S.). “Sustainability reaches all kinds of people, and we are trying to bring them together under one roof."

The Student Sustainability Summit is being organized by Penn State students under the direction of Erik Foley and Milea Perry from Penn State’s Campus Sustainability Office.

“I don’t think the students know how big sustainability is on this campus,” said Foley. “This is a chance for people to see and hear all of the amazing work happening around them and to build relationships as they move forward.”

Student and staff representatives from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Eco-Action, Union and Student Activities, Penn State I.D.E.A.S., Center for Sustainability, 3E-COE, Interfaith Power & Light, Society of Women Engineers as well as others sit on the planning board.

Summit attendees are encouraged to arrive early for live music, light refreshments and the opportunity to meet representatives from a variety of student organizations. The evening, which will be emceed by Peter Buckland, a graduate student in Penn State's Educational Theory and Policy Program and president of 3E-COE, will showcase ongoing projects and organizations and allow those in attendance to begin to work together toward addressing sustainability issues on campus.

For more information about the Student Sustainability Summit, contact Milea Perry of the Campus Sustainability Office at

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