Penn State Energy and Environment News

Penn State study shows themes for farmers negotiating solar leases

| stateimpact.npr.org

Profit alone isn’t enough for farmers to sign over control of their land.

Carolina azolla plant could help reduce global food insecurity

| earth.com

Researchers from Penn State have shed light on a remarkable yet underappreciated plant to fight food insecurity: Carolina azolla.

Penn State approves $115M laboratory renovation

| wtaj.com

The Penn State University Board of Trustees approved the renovation of Osmond Laboratory at its meeting on Friday, Feb. 16.

Pa. environmental, religious and other groups criticize Shapiro plan for ignoring climate change

| stateimpact.npr.org

More than 100 advocacy groups say Shapiro’s “fossil fuels-first all-of-the-above energy strategy” does not move at the speed of climate change.

Bioethics Program Director Jonathan Marks named a Hastings Center fellow

| psu.edu

Penn State Bioethics Program Director Jonathan H. Marks has been named a fellow by the Hastings Center. He is among 13 new fellows recognized this year for their work advancing scholarship and public knowledge of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research and the environment.

University Libraries offers spring undergraduate research workshops

| psu.edu

On March 20 and April 3, Penn State University Libraries will present free virtual seminars designed to help undergraduate students conduct and present research. Advance registration is required and all workshops are offered via Zoom.

Q&A with Jessica Menold, a ‘new voice’ for scientific collaboration

| psu.edu

Jessica Menold, Penn State associate professor of engineering design and of mechanical engineering, was named a member of the 2024-26 New Voices cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Common plant could help reduce food insecurity, researchers find

| psu.edu

An often-overlooked water plant that can double its biomass in two days, capture nitrogen from the air — making it a valuable green fertilizer — and be fed to poultry and livestock could serve as life-saving food for humans in the event of a catastrophe or disaster, a new study led by Penn State researchers suggests.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center to host two conferences in March

| psu.edu

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host two concurrent conferences on March 27-28 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, with two full days of educational panels, talks, exhibits and events.  

A path to renter-friendly solar power sited, again

| thecentersquare.com

Bringing solar power to Pennsylvania renters and homeowners unable to place panels on their roofs again came into focus for lawmakers this week. This article mentions Penn State research.

Stable profits, land preservation matter to farmers debating solar leases

| bradfordera.com

To solar or not to solar? While a stable and predictable profit is an important factor to Pennsylvania farmers considering leasing out their land for solar energy development, it’s not enough on its own, according to new research led by Penn State.

Electric vehicles aren't ready for extreme heat and cold. Here's how to fix them

| scientificamerican.com

New materials would help the cars of the future survive cold snaps and other climate disruptions. This article mentions Penn State research on self-heating, fast-charging batteries.