Nittany Pointe Cleanup a Success
The Sustainability Council and Penn State Altoona would like to thank The Apartment Store at Nittany Pointe; their staff, interns and all students who participated in the cleanup event held on Wednesday April 18th. In all, 28 volunteers collected 55 bags of trash plus large pieces of furniture and more, from a treelined area shared adjacent to the college. We appreciated having all hands on deck and it resulted in a successful event.
Thank you, neighbors!
April 16-20, 2018 – All Campus
Please join the Environmentalist Coalition in celebrating Earth Week, held on campus, April 16th-20th! They have several exciting events planned and anticipate a great campus and community turnout.
- April 16th – Kick-Off Campfire, Seminar Forest at 7pm ** Cancelled due to inclement weather
- April 17th – Rain Garden (Between Smith & Slep) at 12pm; Alumni Alex Patton, 138 Hawthorn at 1:30pm
- April 18th – Art in Nature, Misciagna Dance Studio from 10am – 5:30pm
- April 19th – Reptiles & Alumni Jake Vaughn, Misciagna Theater at 1pm
- April 20th – Green Songs with Dr. Ian Marshall, Titelman Lounge at 1:30pm
Please contact Environmentalist Coalition president, Michelle Smithbauer firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
3rd Annual Spring Run Clean-up
Friday, April 20, 2018 – 9am – 1pm
We are excited to announce we will be cleaning up our stream again and are currently seeking volunteers to join us in our efforts! Not sure if you can help with your class schedule? No problem, we are asking volunteers to sign-up for a minimum of one-hour shifts, but stay the whole time if you like.
As in past years, we will work in sections of the stream from Spring Run Stadium as far down to Chestnut Ave. You may sign-up for one-hour time slots by emailing email@example.com with your preferred choice. Please indicate your one-hour slot clearly, (example: 9-10am).
Water, coffee and snacks will be provided.
Staff and faculty, this counts as service to the College’s programs to enhance sustainability. This may also count toward community service or extra credit for classes. Please contact (erp129) in advance if you request this approval/documentation for this.
Earth Day at the Logan Valley Mall
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am – 2pm
Join the IRC for Earth Day at the Logan Valley Mall. Lots of great activities have been planned and it will be a great family event. Activities include, Explore the Stars, Plant a Seed, Animal Observations and much more!
April 15-22, 2018 – Beginning at noon
The goal is to spot the most bird species as possible in a 24-hour period, during the week of Apr 15th through April 22nd (beginning at noon, ending at noon). This non-profit event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies program at Penn State Altoona and Juniata Valley Audubon Society. Team pledges will support bird conservation and education in central Pennsylvania. Teams of 3 or more (2 or more for Senior citizens) will count birds in Blair and surrounding counties, and prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony at the Slep Student Center, immediately following the event at 1pm.
Registration deadline is April 8th. Please contact Catherine Farr at firstname.lastname@example.org, to register and for more information.
Environmental Studies Alumna Visit
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 1:30-2:30pm*, ROOM CHANGE – NOW 202 Holt
Alexandra Patton, Forester Intern, US Forest Service and Greening Youth Foundation, and ENVST alumna will be visiting campus to talk about her career since graduation. Please join us at her talk entitled, “Conservation in Action, Career Path since PSU Altoona”.
*Please note there is a time correction. The formal presentation takes place at 1:30pm. A previously stated time was incorrect. Due to the room change, the speaker will begin the scheduled 1:30 talk at 1:45pm.
Nittany Pointe Cleanup
We are excited to announce we will be partnering with our neighbors, Nittany Pointe, to help clean up a tree lined area adjacent to campus and are currently seeking volunteers to join us in our efforts!
Please join the Sustainability Council and Environmentalist Coalition as we meet at the Nittany Pointe clubhouse located at 200 Campus View Drive, off of Gwin Road, beginning at 10am. Once we gather at the clubhouse, we will be cleaning out a patch of forest between Nittany Pointe and the campus, which sadly has become home to a dumping site.
Pizza and water will be provided by our Nittany Pointe neighbors! Please email email@example.com to RSVP by April 16th if you wish to join us so that we can get a head count for lunch. We hope you’ll be apart of this great act of service to our environment!
Faculty, this would be a great opportunity to offer service credits to your students. Please contact Erin Nachtman (erp129) if you wish to offer as such.
14th Annual Little Juniata River Clean-up
Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am to noon
Little Juniata River Association
14th Annual ~ 2018 River Bank Clean-up
Registered with the Great Pennsylvania Clean-up. Free Hot lunch served afterwards courtesy of the Spruce Creek United Methodist Church. Meet at the Spruce Creek United Methodist Church parking lot. Groups (church, office, clubs, etc.) are welcome. We will clean-up river banks and parking areas from Altoona to Barree. All bags, gloves and vests furnished. Dress for the weather (we go rain/snow).
Contact: Bill Anderson 814-684 5922, firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Carl Reed – email@example.com
LJRA website : www.littlejuniata.org
Environmental Protest and the Dakota Access Pipeline
Thursday, April 5th, 4-5:30pm in 138 Hawthorn
Taylor Brorby, a Black Earth Institute Fellow, environmentalist and co-editor of the book “Fracture” and author of “Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience” is currently an Emerging Writer at Gettysburg College. Brorby will be talking, in part, about his involvement protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, in which he and 30 others were arrested for standing in the way of construction. Brorby received his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in 2013, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University.
All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 12:15 in 143 Hawthorn
All are welcome to learn more about Penn State’s Sustainable Food Systems Program. AmeriCorps member, Katrina Weakland, will discuss her experience with the Sustainable Food Systems Program and how it can provide students and faculty with diverse opportunities for academic and community engagement with sustainability challenges and solutions in our local food and agricultural systems. To learn more, visit
Reading Shaver’s Creek
Just released, February 2018
Collected as part of e Ecological Reflections Project—a century-long effort to observe and document changes to the natural world in the central Pennsylvanian portion of the Appalachian Forest—these pieces show how knowledge of a place comes from the information and perceptions we gather from different perspectives over time. They include Marcia Bonta’s keen observations about how humans knowingly and unknowingly affect the landscape; Scott Weidensaul’s view of the forest as a battle field; and Katie Fallon describing the sounds of human and nonhuman life along a trail. Together, these selections create a place-based portrait of a vivid ecosystem during the first decade of the twenty first century.
Featuring contributions by nationally known nature writers and local experts, and edited by Sustainability Council member Ian Marshall, Reading Shaver’s Creek is a unique, complex depiction of the central Pennsylvania landscape and its ecology. We know the land and creatures of places such as Shaver’s Creek are bound to change throughout the century. This book is the first step to documenting how.
Available for purchase now through Penn State University Press, https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-08020-8.html.
Deer Tick Abatement
At the Seminar Forest
September 1, 2017
When you visit the Seminar Forest at Penn State Altoona, we always recommend using caution and be sure to check for ticks every time you leave. This year the Sustainability Council took extra measures to try to control the tick population by placement of homemade “tick tubes”. You may see these tubes placed indiscriminately along the major red and yellow trails. These tubes are not harmful to humans or pets, however we ask you use caution and leave the tubes where you spot them as they are a part of a pilot abatement program this season.
If you have further questions on how these tubes were made or their placement you may contact Erin Nachtman, firstname.lastname@example.org.