Thank You Message from Dylan Humenik

As you may know, I’ll be graduating from Penn State on Saturday, so…

Thank you all for a very rewarding and productive semester with the SSAC. I think we made great strides as a council, and we finished the semester with a strong presentation. I’ve heard nothing but compliments and praise from the VPs and others around Penn State about our efforts this semester. Our recommendations were so good that we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t follow-up and continue working on the best ones next semester. I’m sure we’ll have some great new ideas also.

I believe the SSAC will be in great hands after I’m gone; Jenna and Haley will do great. In addition, we have exceptional members who will continue to push our great ideas and initiatives. Continuing to maintain the council’s relationships with other committees and key stakeholders at Penn State will ensure we remain a big voice on campus. Keep identifying other ways to make our message louder as we grow as a council! I can’t wait to see how much progress the council will make in the future.

If any of you ever need me for help on an SSAC recommendation, or a reference/letter of recommendation, or just to chat and catch up, give me a call or a text! I’d be happy to help with any of those. It’s been a pleasure and a great learning experience being on the SSAC for the last several years and serving as co-chair for this semester. All the best to all of you!

 

-Dylan Humenik

 

Use this email to contact me after I graduate: djhumenik@gmail.com

New Co-Chair: Jenna Hakun

The SSAC is proud to name our new co-chair: Jenna Hakun.  Jenna will take Dylan Humenik’s place, as he will be graduating from Penn State on December 17th, 2016.  Jenna will serve alongside current co-chair Haley Bendis.  Looking forward to another productive semester!

Fall 2016 Presentations

The SSAC presented to the Vice Presidents today in 131 HUB.  The presentation slides are listed on our Presentations page.  A more detailed outline concerning our recommendations this semester can be found on our Current Initiatives page.
Thank you to the VPs for coming out to our presentation today, and for meeting with our co-chairs this semester.  In addition, thank you for your support on our initiatives over the years.

Today Co-Chair Dylan Humenik named the member who will fill his role as Co-Chair after he graduates.  Jenna Hakun will take Dylan’s place.

 

We are looking forward to another great semester in the spring, and are pleased with the work we’ve done this fall.

 

Members – come out to our celebratory dinner tomorrow at 5:00pm in 233B HUB!

 

Follow us on Twitter @PSUGreen

Website Updated with New Recommendations!

The SSAC website has been updated with the new recommendations from this semester (Fall 2016) that will be presented to the three Vice Presidents during tomorrow’s meeting.  Thank you to all of the members of the SSAC that worked so hard on these recommendations.  We had a tremendous semester, and we look forward to working with the VPs and stakeholders across PSU on these great ideas.

In addition, the information from last semester’s recommendations has moved to the “Past Initiatives” tab on this website.  This will be the new precedent for this website each semester, so that previous semesters’ work is not lost.

The GREEN Program Info Session Tonight

A reminder that the GREEN Program will be holding an info session tonight (11/28) at 6pm in 26 Hosler.  This will start right as SSAC finishes their presentation rehearsal tonight.  All from Penn State are encouraged to attend!

More info: https://mobile.twitter.com/PSUGreen/status/803252684350521344

Meeting Tomorrow with David Gray

Tomorrow, November 28 at 11 am, SSAC leaders will meet with VP of Finance & Business David Gray at Old Main.  We’ll review our ongoing recommendations and get feedback on proposed recommendations that will be presented in one week on December 5th.  Here’s a list of the things that will be discussed:

 

Ongoing Recommendations

Energy/Fiscal:

  • EV Charging
  • Energy Ambassadors
  • Electricity Restructuring
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Sustainable Purchasing

Waste:

  • Outdoor Recycling

Education:

  • East Halls in-room waste bin pilot program (Fall 2015)

Current Recommendations

Energy/Fiscal:

  • Green Fee
  • Solar Installation
    • Solar Dual-Land use: using animals like sheep to graze on land used by solar installation.  Benefits:

Community Development:

  • Green-2-Go

Waste:

  • Re-usable Mugs: we are looking into two directions to take this recommendation
    • First: Program providing a reusable mug to students to use as on-campus coffee bars/cafes
    • Second: Reusable mug discount program
    • Other schools that have programs to possibly benchmark with:
      • Programs that provide mugs: Stony Brook and Western Michigan
      • Discount programs: Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State
  • Plastic Bag Reduction
  • Freshman Goodie Bag

Sustainable Transportation Options for Thanksgiving Break

Transportation Services at Penn State is now offering the Zimride Ride Share service for students.  Transportation Services is encouraging students to use the service for Thanksgiving break this year, to post rides or to seek rides.  Carpooling offers significant reductions in CO2 emissions per person, versus travelling alone.  Visit https://zimride.com/psu to catch a ride home or back to PSU this Thanksgiving break, and don’t forget about this service at the end of the semester in three weeks!

Presentations

Reminder: The SSAC will be giving its end-of-semester recommendations to the VP of Finance and Business, VP of Undergraduate Education, and VP of Student Affairs on Monday, December 5th at 5pm in 131 HUB.  Check back for presentation content, and follow @PSUgreen on Twitter for more updates.

Bike Safety Workshop (FREE Helmet!)

bike-safety-workshop10-24-16-1On Monday October 24th from 5pm to 6pm at 205 Student Health Center the Penn State Transportation Services along with UHS and Student Affairs will be hosting a bike safety workshop!  See the flyer to the right:

 

Two New Sustainable Transportation Updates at Penn State

Two new programs offered by PSU Transportation Services, offering sustainable alternative means of transportation.  These programs were developed with the help of student leaders on the Student Transportation Commission, which includes two SSAC members:

Enterprise CarShare: More Info

Zimride Rideshare: More Info

 

Enterprise CarShare and Zimride online ride-matching service now available to Penn State students

Penn State Transportation Services is excited to offer two new transportation programs for Penn State students:

 

Enterprise CarShare

Enterprise CarShare, a car-sharing service from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is now available to Penn State students, faculty and staff at the University Park campus. A cost-effective alternative to car ownership, the membership-based service offers the freedom and flexibility of using a vehicle while only paying for the hours it is being used. Enterprise CarShare vehicles are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with low rates by the hour, the day, overnight and weekends.

New members can join for $1 and receive $5 hourly driving rates until Dec. 31. All Penn State students, faculty and staff ages 18 and up with a valid driver’s license, including International Driver’s Licenses, can join atwww.EnterpriseCarShare.com/psu. The membership includes fuel, dedicated parking spaces, maintenance and easy reservations via the Enterprise CarShare mobile app.

Enterprise CarShare’s automated rental process through the mobile app allows members to login and reserve a vehicle anytime, anywhere. There are currently six Nissan Sentra vehicles available for rent from the following campus locations (map available at the Enterprise CarShare website):

 

  • Lot Brown 11 (White Course Apartments)– Nissan Pathfinder SUV
  • Lot 42 (Nittany Apartments)– Nissan Altima and Sentra sedans
  • Lot 81 (South and Pollock halls)– Nissan Altima and Sentra sedans
  • Lot Yellow E (along Curtin Road across from Visual Arts Building)– Nissan Altima sedan

 

While state-minimum physical damage and liability insurance coverage is provided, users are strongly encouraged to verify coverage through their own insurance provider before registering for this service.

For more information about Enterprise CarShare, follow on Twitter (@carshare), Instagram (@enterprisecarshare) and Facebook. Members can download the Enterprise CarShare app for iPhone and Android devices to make or modify reservations, extend rentals and choose pickup locations.

 

Zimride

Zimride is Penn State’s private ride-matching network that matches you with other students, faculty and staff who are going the same way, allowing you an easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride.

The private network – available only to Penn State students, faculty, and staff – enables drivers and passengers to create a free profile using their PSU Access ID and password. Members of the University’s network can search for open seats or post their ride and destination on a secure and private network. The platform’s unique approach to ride-matching also allows members to link their profile to their Facebook page.

As a sustainable alternative to driving individually, Zimride helps reduce vehicle emissions, traffic congestion, and fuel consumption while splitting transportation costs. It is the largest web-based ridesharing and carpooling network in North America.

Post or search for a ride now by visiting the Penn State Zimride website.

 

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