Penn State Energy and Environment Calendar

A collection of upcoming energy and environment events from around Penn State and beyond.

 11:00am – 12:00pm  Online  Full details
Abstract: Thresholds of sediment motion are integral to bedload transport estimates, which inform calculations of aquatic habitat, reservoir sedimentation, channel form and stability, and landscape evolution.
 11:15am – 12:30pm  529 Walker Building  Full details
Dr. Julio Urbina, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Penn State, presents "Electromagnetic remote sensing: From tracking election to bees" as part of the Fall 2021 ESSC Brown Bag Series.
 12:00 – 3:00pm  Full details
Planning and managing the green infrastructure of street trees, parks, and open spaces will help any municipality safely take advantage of the many benefits these assets provide. With proper planning and management, these assets appreciate and pay us back with time.
 12:00 – 1:00pm  Online  Full details
Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy Initiative Speaker Series presents Individualized Water Rates: Strategic Behavior and Equity Concerns with Steven Smith, Assistant Professor of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines
 1:00 – 2:00pm  Online  Full details
Many private wells and most springs test positive for coliform bacteria. During this Water Webinar Series: Coliform Bacteria and E.coli Bacteria in Water Wells and Springs session, you will learn what this means, and steps you can take to keep bacteria out of your drinking water. About the Series
 1:15 – 2:30pm  Online  Full details
This webinar will explore the agricultural side of land-use decision-making by introducing planners to PA Farm Link. In addition, participants will get an inside look at the PA Farm Link land-linking database. Many communities choose to prioritize agriculture in community land use, Livingston noted. As beginning farmers seek land opportunities — both traditional transition from older farmers as well as "creative farming opportunities" — the process is important to the success of communities. 
 3:30 – 4:30pm  112 Walker Building or Online  Full details
The Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST) has been the theoretical foundation for understanding the atmospheric surface layer since its inception. However, it has been known since the late 1950s that a number of important surface layer statistics do not conform to MOST. Since the early 1970s much effort has been devoted to resolving this issue. In 2015 we proposed a revised theory, the multipoint Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MMO), which overcomes the major limitations of MOST.
 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online  Full details
CEE Virtual Seminar Series: George Deodatis Combined Effects of Sea Level Rise and Hurricanes on NYC’s Built Infrastructure: Optimal Adaptation Strategies 
 7:00 – 9:00pm  Online  Full details
Join us for the Soundings water film series co-presented by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Penn State’s Water Council, and WPSU. This series explores the intersecting issues surrounding water conservation and the innovative research and policy solutions addressing these issues around the world.

 1:30 – 2:30pm  112 Buckhout Building or Online  Full details
Fall Invited Speaker Series: Dr. Orin Robinson Robinson is Research Associate, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 
 4:00 – 5:00pm  157 Hosler Building or Online  Full details
Abstract: With the rapid increase of renewable electricity and electrical transportation, in the next a few decades fossil fuel based energy will be transformed into electron energy for a low or zero carbon energy world. Non-equilibrium plasma provide a promising solution to the challenges of large intermittency of renewable electricity, the lack of gigawatt scale of electricity storage, and carbon emissions from fossil fuels by using plasma aided green chemical manufacturing and energy conversion.

 12:00 – 3:00pm  Full details
Planning and managing the green infrastructure of street trees, parks, and open spaces will help any municipality safely take advantage of the many benefits these assets provide. With proper planning and management, these assets appreciate and pay us back with time.
 4:00 – 5:00pm  112 Walker Building or Online  Full details
The resource nexus was initially conceived to address potential trade-offs in resource demands. Though the concept emerged from the water sector, it has now come to consider multiple, synergistic (or competing) cross-sectoral interactions. Scott et al. (2018) advanced thinking on water, energy and food security interactions mediated by institutions operating at the nexus, though invariably incapable of crossing resource domains, jurisdictional boundaries, or substantively accounting for ecological dynamics.

 9:00am – 4:30pm  Full details
Families are embedded in larger contexts that have implications for family relationships and well-being. A large body of research by family scholars has documented the impacts of multiple dimensions of the broader social environment−including cultural, economic, and political contexts−on family functioning. Less attention has been paid to how dimensions of the physical environment may affect families, including factors that protect families and promote their resilience in the face of change and challenge.
 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online  Full details
Fires burn in all terrestrial ecosystems on the globe, and wildfires are getting larger, more destructive and deadly. Both humans and climate are contributing to this trend. The Fall 2021 EESI EarthTalks series, “Fire in the Earth System,” will address humanity’s long relationship with fire, how humans and climate create conditions conducive to megafires, and how policy makers and land managers can address the fire problem. The seminars, which are free and open to the public, take place from 4 – 5 p.m. on Mondays via Zoom.

 9:00am – 4:00pm  Full details
Families are embedded in larger contexts that have implications for family relationships and well-being. A large body of research by family scholars has documented the impacts of multiple dimensions of the broader social environment−including cultural, economic, and political contexts−on family functioning. Less attention has been paid to how dimensions of the physical environment may affect families, including factors that protect families and promote their resilience in the face of change and challenge.
 12:00 – 1:00pm  Online  Full details
The University Libraries present an online talk by Natalia Norori, a global health professional, in celebration of Open Access Week. Norori will speak on the topic, "Opening Knowledge Equitably in an Inequitable System." In order to open knowledge equitably, open research should enable people from all backgrounds to learn about and contribute to topics important to them and their communities. However, this is not always the case.

 12:00 – 1:00pm  Online  Full details
Water Cooler Talk: Riparian Buffer Ecosystem Services will cover important concepts and techniques for discussing the value of riparian buffers for water resource protection and other ecosystem services. Hear about current work happening in the water resource field and be able to ask questions and share ideas with professionals across Pennsylvania.
 1:00 – 2:00pm  Online  Full details
Those of us that garden or irrigate plants know that keeping plants watered is crucial for success, especially during the hot, dry months of summer. Water Webinar Series: The Effects of Water Quality on Gardening and Irrigation will discuss the impact of water quality on plants and what to look for in your water test so that you can prepare for the next growing season.
 11:30 – 11:59pm  Online  Full details
The Climate Alliance’s Asian regional committee is hosting a Climate & Cities virtual conference on the 28th and 29th October 2021. The conference will be open to all and will serve as an important opportunity to share emerging research on how Asian cities are being impacted by climate change and identify the opportunities to transform future cities towards a net zero economy.