Fall kick-off to celebrate town-gown sustainability projects

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC), a collection of Penn State classes, is partnering with the State College Borough this year to promote local sustainability efforts and the relationship between Penn State and the local government.

The SCC fall kick-off event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the State College Borough building lobby.

The SCC is hosting an event form 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the lobby of the State College Borough building at 243 S. Allen St., to celebrate past SCC collaborations and introduce fall projects.

The fall projects follow two distinct themes: sustainable energy planning and sustainable water resource management. Students and faculty are from courses such as Biological Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Labor and Employment Relations, and photography as well as from Dickinson School of Law and the Engineering Leadership Society.

Tom Fountaine, State College borough manager, will open the event. Damon Sims, vice president of student affairs at Penn State, will speak about the importance of community relations and engaged scholarship. In addition, Autumn Strausbaugh, former SCC student, will share her experiences in the program.

There will be refreshments and a booth for attendees to submit future projects or collaboration ideas.

Visit http://sustainability.psu.edu/sustainable-communities for more information about the SCC.

About the SCC
The Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC), a program under Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, connects University Park faculty, students and staff with local communities to address sustainability challenges through an engaged, collaborative effort. Innovative University/community-based collaborations are developed to engage Penn State faculty and students in existing courses from across the University with real world, community-identified projects to meet the partnering community’s sustainability priorities. Each project is a facilitated effort, involving interdisciplinary faculty expertise and students, co-led by a key community leader and the University’s SCC staff, to help develop and support thriving, healthy communities and advance student learning about the scholarship of sustainability. 

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