Penn State Energy and Environment News

Penn State Ranked No. 20 by THE World University Rankings


Penn State climbed to the No. 20 ranking of U.S. public universities in the latest poll released by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The university was ranked No. 42 among all institutions across the country.

Week in review: How technology is driving efficiency in the apparel sector


Today, the apparel industry is undergoing a digital revolution that promises not only to transform the way garments are designed, produced, and sold but also to enhance overall efficiency with technology driving innovation across the board from streamlined supply chains to personalized shopping experiences. This article mentions Penn State. 

Shirley Clark becomes president of Environmental and Water Resources Institute


Shirley Clark, acting director of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, has taken on the role of president of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, part of the American Society of Civil Engineers, effective Oct. 1.

Registration open for Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference


The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, one of the largest tech startup conferences in the mid-Atlantic, will take place Oct. 16 and 17 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey. The conference will highlight innovations from high-growth and emerging markets, showcase disruptive technologies and early-stage companies born from Penn State research, and feature two special keynote events.

Janik named associate director of Institute of Energy and the Environment


Michael Janik, professor of chemical engineering, has been named an associate director of the Institute of Energy and the Environment.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores solar energy at wastewater treatment plants


The latest episode of Growing Impact explores how wastewater treatment plants could use solar power to improve their environmental performance, their communities and their finances. 

Gugino to enhance impact of agricultural research in new role in Ag Sciences


A longtime faculty member and research leader in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will serve in the newly created role of associate director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station. The Agricultural Experiment Station is the college's umbrella organization for managing and reporting state and federally funded research.

Solar Powered Water Treatment

| Featuring Christine J. Kirchhoff, Kimberly Van Meter, Hannah Wiseman

With rising energy costs and the worsening climate crisis, some wastewater treatment plants have started using solar energy. However, solar adoption at wastewater treatment plants is still relatively new, and there is little known about these facilities, including where they are, what drove them to choose solar, and if solar has been a success. A team of researchers looks to fill in those gaps with a new project.

As flooding increases in the Delaware Valley, thousands of at-risk homes are uninsured


Across Berks County, about 26,000 properties have an 80% or higher chance of flooding in the next 30 years, according to an ABC analysis. This article, from WPVI-TV Philadelphia, quotes Lara Fowler, director of the Sustainability Institute and chief sustainability officer.

Sweat is helping you survive climate change


It's gross. It’s sticky. Here’s the science of how it has already saved your life. This article mentions Penn State research.

Penn State rises in THE World University Rankings; places 20th among US publics


Penn State rose to 20th among U.S. public universities, and placed 42nd in the nation overall, in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Penn State placed in the top 6% globally among about 1,900 ranked institutions, rising 29 places to No. 122 in the world.

Great Insect Fair returns for first time since 2019


The buzz in the air must mean the Great Insect Fair is finally back in town.  After years in hibernation following a pause at the start of the