About the SSAC

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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold

The Penn State Student Sustainability Advisory Council is comprised of students with experience and interest in studying, advancing, and promoting sustainability and who are committed to helping to advance Penn State’s strategic goals for sustainability. Appointed faculty and administrators from the Sustainability Institute, Finance and Business, and Student Affairs are also members of the Council and they provide resources, support, and assistance to help the SSAC explore ideas and implement recommendations. The Council provides consultation and advice on Penn State sustainability planning, programs, and initiatives. The Council meets biweekly and engages its members around specific sustainability topics and initiatives outside of regular meetings. Potential areas of focus include sustainability within operations, research, academics, campus life, and community outreach. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for membership on the Council. The current co-chairs are Max Canto and Lydia Carey.

Each year in the spring semester, the SSAC recognizes outstanding student leadership in sustainability by reviewing nominations and offering one or more Sustainability Leadership Tree Awards. Selected student winners are honored with a tree planted in their name on campus.




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