UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — At 12:15 p.m. on Earth Day, Penn State University will become the first to join the Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) Sustainability Partnerships Program (SPP), according to Penn State Live.
Penn State University currently recycles at a rate of 53 percent, buys 20 percent of their electricity through green energy programs, composts food waste and is home to at least five student environmental organizations, but they feel the SPP can help them further their sustainability efforts, the story stated.
Wayne Naylor, deputy director of the EPA''s Land and Chemicals Division, said: "In the past 50 years we have consumed more of the Earth''s resources than in all of previous history. As a society, we need to shift how we view and manage waste. It is no longer enough to simply reduce, reuse and recycle, we must also rethink the resources we use and how we use them. The Sustainability Partnerships Program helps organizations examine what they traditionally considered to be waste and see it as valuable materials with a lifecycle of reuse. We are pleased that Penn State is joining with the EPA because the university is not only working to reduce its own carbon footprint, the University also is educating the next generation of environmentally-aware citizens. Penn State is setting the tone and leading by example."
The university''s initial focus will be on reducing energy consumption and waste generation at stadium and athletic events and in campus residence halls, the story noted.
SPP partners receive technical support from the EPA to accomplish their desired goals and are assigned a sustainability account manager who serves as a single point-of-contact with the EPA to provide support, direction and assistance for the partners to meet their sustainability goals, the story added.
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