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Student groups on sustainability

Someone asked me after class yesterday whether I could point them to a list of student groups or clubs related to the theme of the class.

Asking around, I found that PSU’s Sustainability Institute maintains a list of such groups at


The groups range from ones with a very specific campus focused mission  to ones with a wider community or global mission.  If you are looking to follow up on the course experience, perhaps one of these will be the right opportunity.

I should mention also that towards the end of the semester, Susannah Barsom of Sustainability Institute will do one of our “case study” sessions to talk about other academic and non-academic opportunities to work on sustainability issues during your time at PSU.

Slides posted for Peak Oil case study

Hi all

I have posted the slides for today’s case study on Peak Oil.   They are available at


I’ve also had the chance to preview the slides for Andrew Gutberlet’s case study next Wednesday.  If you remember, Andrew is manager of engineering services for Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant, and he will be talking about Penn States greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction objectives, with lots of PSU-specific data.  This looks to be a really interesting presentation.


Darla Lindberg’s slides and contact information

I have uploaded the slides from Professor Darla Lindberg’s presentation this afternoon.  They are available from the link below


At the end of her talk, she mentioned an opportunity to work with her graduate seminar next fall.  If you’d like to contact Professor Lindberg about this, or to ask any follow-up questions, her email address is dvl2@psu.edu

Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels

On Friday I will talk about the idea of “peak oil”.  The fundamental paper in this area, Hubbert’s 1956 Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels, is easy enough to read (you can ignore the few references to calculus at the beginning, they are mostly just mathematical window-dressing).  You can download Hubbert’s paper from this link.   Try using this as the basis for some blog posts.

Case Study speaker in the news

PICTURE 1. RICHARD ALLEYProfessor Richard Alley of Penn State will be the speaker for our Case Study session on Feb 4th.

It was just announced that he will receive the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge award in the Climate Change category.  These international awards are intended to support and recognize individuals and teams working for a better future for people through the advancement of knowledge, innovation and culture.

He’s both a brilliant scientist and a fascinating, engaging speaker.   I’m very happy that he was available to present in our class.

More information about the award can be found in this Penn State news announcement.