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Out of Africa: Thesis research takes Schreyer Scholar to Madagascar

March 28, 2014

After working in an archaeology lab her first semester on campus, senior Kate Thompson conducted her thesis research on lemurs in Madagascar this past summer. Unlike other travels abroad led by a Penn State faculty member or in the company of other students, Thompson went to Madagascar first with her professor and then alone in collaboration with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. more»

Changes in rural poverty and politics the focus of April 9 talk

March 28, 2014

Cynthia "Mil" Duncan, research director for AGree, a food and agriculture policy program in Washington, D.C., will discuss the causes and persistence of rural poverty when she delivers the 2014 M.E. John Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The talk will take place at 2:30 p.m. more»

PEC Environment Ride Set For May 16-18

March 28, 2014

Join the PA Environmental Council for the annual Pennsylvania Environment Ride May 16-18  from Elizab more»

School Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge A Huge Success In Centre County

March 28, 2014

Sixteen State College Area Elementary Schools are currently competing in an eight week Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge which has so far recy more»

Governor's School for the Ag Sciences back after five-year hiatus

March 28, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, which will take place July 13 to Aug. 9 at Penn State's University Park campus. more»

PACD Awards Water Pollution Prevention Mini-Grants To Conservation Districts

March 28, 2014

The PA Association of Conservation Districts Friday announced the award of more than $46,000 for 26 projects in 25 counties that promote water pollution prevention strategies through the Non-Point Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-Grant Program. more»

Stigmas, once evolutionarily sound, are now bad health strategies

March 28, 2014

Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers.

PennTAP Offers OSHA Training To Prevent Workplace Chemical Injuries

March 27, 2014

Any organization that handles, uses or stores hazardous chemicals  – from nail salons and funeral homes to contractors and manufacturers – must comply with the latest version of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard or the company risks employee injury and/or OSHA citation. more»

Andrew Heath Receives PA Recreation & Park Society Citation

March 27, 2014

Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition Executive Director Andrew Heath recently received the presidential citation from PA Recreation & Park Society board president William Wert for his leadership in advocating for the Commonwealth’s parks, trails and open spaces.“The Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society is fortunate t more»

Clinton County CleanScapes Cleanup Events Begin In April

March 27, 2014

Clinton County CleanScapes will sponsor a series of community cleanup events in 2014 starting April 5 with the West Branch Susquehanna River greenway cleanup in Renovo, Clinton County. more»

DEP To Hold Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Workshops In Northwest PA

March 27, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites fleet managers, school districts, municipalities, nonprofit entities, and for-profit businesses to one of three Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant workshops in Northwest Pennsylvania. They are scheduled to be held from 10:00 a.m. more»

PUC: Electric, Natural Gas Service Can Be Terminated April 1 By Suppliers

March 27, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday reminded consumers who are behind on their electric and natural gas bills that their service may be terminated as of April 1, regardless of income.“The severe winter cold has meant we are all using our heating systems more, which means higher energy bills,” said PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson. “Many across Pennsylvania are struggling to pay their bills. more»

DEP Awards $350,000 For Construction Of Drinking Water System In Lancaster County

March 26, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced the award of a $350,000 grant to Leacock Township, Lancaster County, to assist with the construction of a new public water system.DEP proposed to build a new public water system due to extensive groundwater contamination under a large portion of the Village of Intercourse, located within Leacock Township, and because property owners in more»

Schuylkill Scrubbers To Spruce Up Pennsylvania’s River of the Year In April-May

March 26, 2014

Volunteers are needed to join the estimated 1,500 people who will participate in the two-month Schuylkill Scrub by picking up litter during nearly 100 cleanup events near the Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania’s River of Year, in April and May.In addition, any more»

Clean Energy Wins Policy Roadmap Puts Renewables, Conservation Out Front

March 26, 2014

The PennFuture Energy Center Wednesday announced the release of the Clean Energy Wins Policy Roadmap to provide nonpartisan education to gubernatorial candidates, policymakers and the general public about the economic, job creation and environmental benefits of clean energy while identifying pract more»

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Workshop In Bradford County May 2

March 26, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites fleet managers, school districts, municipalities, nonprofit entities, and for-profit businesses to an Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant workshop from 10:30 a.m. more»

Senior Environment Corps Seeking Volunteers In Clearfield County

March 26, 2014

Are you 55 years or older, live in Clearfield County and want to become involved in protecting our resources and educating the more»

CBF Supports Proposed EPA/Corps Rule Protecting Wetlands, Headwater Streams

March 25, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement Monday following the release of a proposed new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Army Corps of Engineers rule designed to protect isolated wetlands and headwater streams. more»

Carol Collier Joins Academy Of Natural Sciences As Senior Watershed Policy Advisor

March 25, 2014

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia Tuesday announced Carol R. Collier, an experienced leader in regional watershed management and planning, has joined the Academy as its Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy. more»

Penn State's 2014 Goldwater Scholars announced

March 25, 2014

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program recently announced the complete list of winners for the 2014–15 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a distinguished undergraduate scholarship initiative that provides up to $7,500 a year for college sophomores and juniors in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. more»

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop In Dauphin County April 29

March 25, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection, along with the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation, invites government, private and public fleet managers, municipalities, universities and interested parties to a natural gas vehicle, infrastructure and incentive workshop from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. more»

Oil & Gas Environmental Compliance Conference May 13-14 Pittsburgh

March 25, 2014

The Air and Waste Management Association will hold the Oil and Gas Environmental Compliance Conference in Pittsburgh on May 13-14.The two-day conference will address multi-media topics such as air quality, water use and treatment, waste disposal, spill protection, local issues, and data management challenges throughout the more»

Celebrate Earth Day On April 26 With ClearWater Conservancy’s Watershed Cleanup

March 25, 2014

ClearWater Conservancy in Centre County will host its annual Watershed Cleanup Day April 26 from 8 a.m. more»

New Milestone Report: PA Continues To Reduce Pollution To Chesapeake Bay Watershed

March 24, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced efforts to reduce pollution in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed continue to yield progress based on the Chesapeake Bay Program annual Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model progress run results for 2013. more»

The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy

March 24, 2014

We’ve published a series of posts related to the the Draft 2014 New York State Energy Plan, the Marcellus Shale and energy literacy on our Climate Change 101 blog as the posts included technical features that do not work on The Science Beneath the Surface’s platform. more»

Student Stories: Visiting Charlie Tuna, Food Science major interns at StarKist

March 24, 2014

Putting her dislike of seafood aside, sophomore Monica Caparosa jumped at the chance to intern with one of the leading seafood companies in the country. From May through July 2013, her days were filled with various tasks -- including sampling the tuna.

Extension offers field days for sheep and goat producers

March 24, 2014

Sheep and meat goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of field days offered by Penn State Extension this spring.

March 26 land-use webinar to highlight cell towers

March 24, 2014

A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on the locations of mobile phone towers and municipalities' limited ability to regulate them.

Penn State Poison Prevention Outreach Program focuses on young children

March 24, 2014

Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to 55 poison centers across the country, with over 90 percent occurring in the home. Just over half of the poisonings occur in children younger than 6 years old.

Edwin W. Zoller Gallery hosting 'Accented' MFA thesis exhibition

March 23, 2014

The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) Edwin W. Zoller Gallery is hosting Sidney Church’s MFA thesis exhibition, Accented, a multimedia show of D.I.Y. concocted sculptures and video dealing with Southern stereotypes and the depiction of Southern culture through popular media. The exhibition will be on display Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28, 2014. more»

Northeast PA Audubon Accepting Applications For Summer Camp Scholarships

March 22, 2014

The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is now accepting scholarship applications for two different summer camp experiences -- a Family Camp Scholarship for an eligible adult and child to spend a week on an island in Maine, and three full environmental camp scho more»

Loving The Land Through Working Forests Conference May 16-17 Meadville

March 22, 2014

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests will hold its Loving The Land Through Working Forests Conference May 16-17 at Allegheny College in Meadville.The popular Speakers’ Program on the evening of May 16 features Curt Meine, the biographer of Aldo Leopold, narrator of the Leopold documentary film Green Fire and a noted conservationist in more»

Chestnut Hill Twp., Close The Loop Company Host Free Give/Take Day April 26

March 22, 2014

As part of Chestnut Hill Township’s Earth Day Activities, Close the Loop Company will be coordinating a Give and Take Day on April 26 at the Chestnut Hill Township Park in Monroe County on Route 715 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. GIVE, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. more»

2014 Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Call for Abstracts

March 21, 2014

With a theme of "Collaboration Is Essential," the 2014 Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will team up with ARIPPA, combining efforts and audiences, to co-host a dual conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Independent Power Production on June 26-27 in State College.The Conference will feature not o more»

Engineering students to offer lawnmower checkup fundraiser

March 21, 2014

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual Lawnmower Clinic on April 4 and 5.

Applications For Clean & Renewable Energy, Green Buildings Grants, Loans Due To CFA

March 21, 2014

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has begun accepting applications for 3 energy-related programs to support alternative energy, renewable energy and green building projects. more»

Apply Now For 8 CFA Sewage, Water, Watershed, Recreation And Other Grants

March 21, 2014

NOTE: This post contains updated application deadlines because DCED changed the deadlines after the earlier 9:30 a.m. more»

New Video From PUC Responds To Consumer Outrage Over Electricity Price Spikes

March 21, 2014

The Public Utility Commission this week released a new video on shopping for electric suppliers describing the difference between fixed and variable rate electric rates in consumer contracts. The video responds to recent consumer outrage over electricity prices spikes during recent cold winter weather. more»

CBF: Act Now To Oppose Bill Removing Protection For Endangered Species, Wild Trout

March 21, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is urging its members to oppose House Bill 1576 (Pyle-R-Armstrong) that if passed could change stream classifications and protections in Pennsylvania for native brook trout and rare, threatened and endangered species in more»

PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators Recognizes Award Winners

March 21, 2014

The PA Association of Environmental Educators this week presented its annual awards this week to recognize outstanding contributions to environmental education in Pennsylvania.  The winners include---- Jane Konrad of The Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers - Keystone Award. The Keystone Award is the most prestigious award. more»

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