Sustainability in State College

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Thursday evening at the Sustainability Expo at the State College Municipal Building, Penn State students showed off the projects they’ve been working on in the community to help the future of our environment.

Claire Talley is an Education and Public Policy student at Penn State. 
She and other students got real work experience thanks to a local program.

“I think the work that the Sustainable Communities Collaborative is doing is great,” Claire Talley, Penn State Student, said.  “It’s paring academic student’s research with a whole wealth of community issues.”
The collaborative, gets students working on these community issues with the State College borough.
“It helps the borough and it provides a lot of needed man power, a lot of brain power for the students, they come up with a lot of great ideas,” Alan Sam, Arborist and Sustainability Coordinator for the State College Borough, said.
The borough accepted some of those ideas that students suggested for the Coral Street Elementary School Construction Project.

“We recommended an energy dashboard that would be linked to the rooftop solar panels that could track energy usage and energy consumption in the school and we recommended a wetland garden habitat,”  Claire Talley, Penn State Student, said.  “It would double as the storm water cistern overflow.”
Claire says if you understand issues in your community and what you can do, then that’s a real step towards change.
There will be another Sustainability Expo at the end of Penn State’s Spring semester in late April, again honoring the sustainability work of students in the community.

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