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Earth Hour Recycling Challenge

Plastic bottles scattered on the floorCongratulations to all of the Liberal Arts buildings who participated in the first ever Penn State Earth Hour Challenge. Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement where people from over one hundred countries switch off their lights for one hour in promotion of sustainability and awareness about climate change. In conjunction with Penn State’s Third Annual Earth Hour Celebration, sponsored by Eco Action, the buildings of the College of the Liberal Arts took to tallying their recycling habits in an effort to be named the Greenest Building, or at least in terms of trash!

Eco Action would like to thank all who participated and supported our efforts for planning a fantastic event. Penn State and the new Mobius program are a great step in having a greener and more sustainable tomorrow, and it all starts with the flick of a switch and the tossing of a bottle into a recycling bin!

The buildings and people who participated in this year’s Earth Hour Challenge, spanning March 24-28, recycled and composted over 3,710 items in one week! Congratulations to all!

First Place: Sparks Building (1,086 items)

Second Place: Oswald Tower (842 items)

Third Place: Kern Building (812 items)

Fourth Place: Carpenter Building (668 items)

Fifth Place: Pond Lab (302 items)

Watershed Cleanup Day

A group of 10 Liberal Arts faculty and staff members joined the ClearWater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day on April 23, 2016 in celebration of Earth Day.  

We were part of 521 volunteers that came out to clean up 74 sites across Centre County. We removed 82.8 tons of trash from the landscape including 53.11 tons of municipal solid waste, 9.69 tons of tires, 13.16 tons of scrap metal, and 6.83 tons of cleanfill. Thanks to the College of the Liberal Arts for fielding an awesome team that participated in the event!


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