Penn State Energy and Environment Calendar

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

 All day  Elizabethtown College  Full details
The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center will host the Lancaster-Lebanon Watershed Forum and Science Symposium Nov. 19 and 20, 2021.

 2:00 – 3:00pm  217 Business Building or Online  Full details
Professor Yue Zhang will present her work, "Distributed 3D Printing of Spare Parts via IP Licensing," as part of the Center for the Business of Sustainability Research Seminar Series. Registration is required. To attend, please contact Tracey Mariner for registration information:

 4:00 – 5:00pm  157 Hosler Building or Online  Full details
Abstract: Batteries enable mobile and un-plugged electronics with applications ranging from cell phones to solar homes. Batteries are being widely adopted to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of hybrid and electric vehicles, including electric aircraft. Cost and life of the energy storage system, however, are concerns that limit the desirability of battery powered devices. This seminar introduces the electrochemistry, dynamic modeling, controls, and multifunctionality associated with the emerging field of battery systems engineering.

 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online or Millennium Science Complex Room W203  Full details
Penn State Graduate Students:  The Cornell Biogeochemistry Lecture Series Watch Parties will be held in the Millennium Science Complex Room W203. Attendees will learn about the earth's biogeochemical cycling by world experts and will hear about some of the most pressing biogeochemical questions across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

 11:15am – 12:30pm  529 Walker Building  Full details
Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Entomology, Penn State, presents as part of the Fall 2021 ESSC Brown Bag Series.

 7:30 – 9:00am  Online  Full details
The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is a useful framework for addressing complex transdisciplinary natural resource and environmental challenges in integrated, innovative ways. This webinar series explores using and operationalizing WEF nexus approaches for finding solutions to these challenges. The series focuses on examples and solutions by linking and using WEF nexus approaches to timely interventions, technologies and issues of importance, especially in the context of COVID-19 and climate change.
 12:15 – 1:15pm  Online  Full details
Ancient DNA data are being used in a variety of ways to gain a richer understanding of the past. This talk explores how ancient DNA can be used to help refine radiocarbon dating. Since there is a biological maximum for the number of years between the deaths of relatives, the ability to identify related individuals through aDNA analysis can serve as a constraint on date range estimates for radiocarbon-dated related individuals. A review of an ancient DNA global dataset found that date ranges can be reduced by dozens or even hundreds of years for related individuals. 

 1:00 – 1:45pm  Online  Full details
Overview of the Pennsylvania Climate Leadership Academy (PCLA) program including mission summary and opportunities for future participants. Specifics will focus on the partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) including their initiatives, membership, training and credentialing as well as a summary of association successes to date. Presenter: Daniel M. Kreeger, Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)   OVERVIEW:

 1:00 – 1:45pm  Online  Full details
Webinar will focus on exploring the recycled material markets within Pennsylvania and their increasing inclusion within construction projects as well as actions being taken to further grow the use of recyclables and recycling in facility construction. Presentation will also cover how to minimize the carbon footprint of building construction materials and why it’s important. Presenters: Tad Radzinski, President, Sustainable Solutions Corporation, and Robert J. Bylone, Executive Director, Penn State Recycling Markets Center  

 1:00 – 1:45pm  Online  Full details
Webinar will focus on programs to develop more resilient foodways that improve community health as well as actions that help to build community engagement around local food and healthcare systems. Presenter: Maureen Krouse, MPH, MCHES, Manager of Community Health and Outreach, Lankenau Medical Center   OVERVIEW:

 1:00 – 1:45pm  Online  Full details
Representatives from the PA Public Utility Commission will give an overview of utility energy saving and rebate programs such as the PAPowerSwitch, PAGasSwitch and current Act 129 incentives and protections available for customers. Presenters: Joseph M. Sherrick, Supervisor, Policy & Planning, PUC; Cyndi Page, Senior Communications Specialist, PUC; and Dan Mumford, Director, Office of Competitive Market Oversight, PUC   OVERVIEW: