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Campus community invited to Oct. 7 Sustainability Plan town hall meeting

Members of the Penn State Hazleton community – students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners – are invited to participate in a Penn State Sustainability Plan town hall meeting from 2-4 p.m., Fri., October 7 in the Chestnut Cottage Conference Room.

The goal of this meeting is to get input on Penn State's Sustainability Strategic Plan.  Penn State already has many sustainability initiatives in teaching, research, operations and outreach.  There are classes, student clubs, Green Teams, recycling programs, energy conservation efforts and community engagement efforts such as Farmers Markets.  The Penn State Sustainability Strategic Plan seeks to recognize, support and expand those efforts. 

Earlier this year, a University Sustainability Council was charged by Provost Rodney Erickson to conduct research, draft the plan, and get input from the Penn State community. Erik Foley, director of the PSU Campus Sustainability Office and a number of his colleagues have been traveling to each Penn State campus to meet with people, share the draft of their plan, and listen to ideas about how each Penn State campus can meet the goals of the plan. In addition Foley and his team are interested in learning about Hazleton’s specific campus needs, concerns and unique contributions.

Faculty, staff, students, administrators and community partners are encouraged to attend this town hall meeting. Those who plan to attend our town hall meeting are encouraged to complete a brief questionnaire BEFORE attending. The questionnaire will introduce people to the Sustainability Plan's five goals, and gauge people's various interests. The questionnaire can be found at   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSPquestionnaire.

The agenda for the town hall program will include:

•             Welcome
•             Video "Sustainability at Penn State:  We are just getting started"
•             Plan review
•             Small group brainstorming
•             Open discussion with our Campus Community

More information about the Penn State Strategic Sustainability Plan is available at www.green.psu.edu

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