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Amid pressure, Penn State adds climate change to strategic plan

Penn State University is addressing the threat of climate change in an update of its five-year strategic plan, following pressure from students, faculty, and staff. Last month they delivered an online petition to university administrators, which attracted 7,180 signatures from people around nation and the globe. “It’s a really huge step for this university,” says Peter Buckland, a fellow at [...]

Petitioners press Penn State for more action on climate change

As world leaders meet in Paris this week to forge an agreement on combating climate change, faculty members at Penn State are urging the university to do more to address the issue. Dozens of professors and staff have signed an online petition that has also attracted more than 7,000 signatures from people across the state, nation, [...]

Penn State wins federal grant to develop solar technology in national initiative

Researchers at Penn State University will share $24 million in federal funds to develop new solar panels to capture sunlight more efficiently, contributing to a package of measures to improve energy efficiency and boost the Obama administration’s climate goals, government officials said on Monday. The $2.9 million Penn State project is one of 11 around [...]

Penn State to hold Marcellus Shale classes for adults in Lancaster County

Researchers from Penn State University are gearing up for a series of informal educational classes for adults who want to learn about natural gas development. “We use the context of Marcellus Shale to teach about science and energy,” says project coordinator Terry Noll. “We are neither pro nor against gas development, but because that’s creating [...]

Report: Tax Revenue Up In Pennsylvania’s Drilling Counties

When Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley spoke about natural gas drilling at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ annual conference this morning, he had the air of a televangelist. “You see, Marcellus Shale is a game-changer for our commonwealth,” he told the crowd. “Not just in the gas-producing area, but all across the commonwealth.” Addressing [...]

A Closer Look At PSU’s New Drilling Study

Yesterday, we told you about a preliminary Penn State University study showing no correlation between Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling boom and crime rates. The study found calls to the State Police and arrests have stayed relatively level in Pennsylvania’s top drilling counties. In a phone interview with StateImpact Pennsylvania today, author Gary Zajac stressed the [...]

PSU: No Tie Between Drilling And Crime

Last summer, StateImpact Pennsylvania reported 911 calls had increased in seven of Pennsylvania’s eight busiest drilling counties. That wasn’t because rig workers were breaking more laws, county officials told us. It was simply a matter of more people moving into these communities. Lisa Rice, who runs Tioga County’s 911 cen­ter, said many of the calls [...]

One Year Later, Obama’s Energy Efficiency Plan Is Stalled

President Obama speaks at Penn State

On February 3, 2011, President Obama traveled to State College to announce a new energy efficiency program. He wanted to lower commercial energy bills by $40 billion, and improve the country’s energy efficiency by twenty percent. A year is a long time. The fact Obama gave a shout-out to former Penn State President Graham Spanier [...]

How A Thousand Pounds Of Butter Becomes Three Days’ Worth Of Energy

A closer look at the thousand-pound sculpture

A dizzying fall from grace is in store for the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s famed butter sculpture. Through tomorrow, the thousand-pound work of art will be the star attraction of the annual indoor agriculture festival. Thousands of people have snapped pictures of the refrigerated sculpture, which depicts a boy leading his prize-winning calf through a county [...]

Penn State Turns Canola Seed Into Fuel

In the far northern corner of Harrisburg’s Farm Show complex – past the food court, the tractor displays and the model cabins in the Exhibition Hall – there’s a row of energy displays. The Marcellus Shale Coalition has a booth. So does America’s Natural Gas Alliance. Solar energy advocates are represented, along with realtors selling [...]

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