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Alternative Spring Break Applications due 12/16/2016

If you have an interest in experiencing a different culture in the US while contributing to a community in need, consider applying for one of the Alternative Spring Break programs. Several have a component related to Food production and Sustainability.  Further information and  a link to the application can be found at: Alternative Spring Break.  Applications are due December 16, 2016.



Penn State’s Sustainability Institute seeks a student to assist with data collection for a comprehensive assessment of Penn State’s sustainability performance. The assessment will follow the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating (STARS) protocol. Some information about STARS, including a link to Penn State’s most recent report, can be found here: http://sustainability.psu.edu/lead/sustainability-institute/track-our-progress. The successful applicant will assist with updating qualitative and quantitative data from our previous STARS submission, using online web searches and direct communication by email or phone with appropriate staff and faculty. Other related tasks may be assigned. Requires attention to detail, resourcefulness at tracking down information, proficiency with Excel, ability to work independently, and excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as a GPA of at least 3.0 and class status of at least sophomore. Applicants should have an interest in, and general familiarity with, sustainability issues and concepts. Great opportunity to learn more about sustainability and Penn State’s role in advancing it. This paid internship and will be for 10 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Location is Land & Water Research Building. To apply, complete the online web application and also submit a cover letter that highlights your relevant qualifications and interest in the position, a résumé, and the names of two references, including title and contact information. Interviews will take place in early to mid-September.

Interested in Sustainability and Fresh Food? Consider being part of the Student Farm Club.

A diverse group of faculty, staff and students is making progress towards establishing an interdisciplinary, student farm at Penn State. In order to make this project the most beneficial for all students, we are conducting research about undergraduate students’ perspectives and interests in sustainable food and agriculture systems.

Please join us for a College of Health and Human Development focus group about a Penn State Student Farm on Tuesday, November 3 from 6:00-7:00 PM in 351 Willard.

Please email Taylor Adam at tadam1004@gmail.com. to sign up to attend.
All participants will also be registered to win one of two $10 gift cards to Chipotle.

This will be a fun and lively discussion about things that you think you or other students in the College of Health and Human DevelopmenF would most like to see happen with the farm so that we can maximize the benefits to all from this amazing project!

Thank you so much,

Sustainable Food Systems Program, Student Farm Club and CED Club Facilitators


New Supporting course: Geographies of Sustainability and Food

GEOG 297H Geographies of Sustainability and Food

This new special topic course may be of interest to nutrition students interested in nutrition and sustainability issues.  It can be used as a lower level supporting course and will be reviewed for consideration for the Community Nutrition and Food Security Emphasis area.  This is an honors course but it is open to all students.  GEOG297H Course Announcement_Poster V.11.b  The course includes two Saturday field trips.