Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainability Projects & Research

Alvernia Recycles!

To kick off our sustainability efforts during the 2014 Campus Sustainability Week, we are excited to share the recycling partnership underway in the O’Pake Science Center.  Due to the cooperative efforts of the individuals listed below, the O’Pake Science Center has been fully fitted with recycling bins.  Look for the green and blue bins to recycle items such as paper, plastic and glass bottles/containers, cans, cardboard, and more. It can all go in the same bin! For the full list of recyclable items, see the sign on or above the bins.  More information on the Single Stream recycling process at Alvernia can be found on the Sustainability Initiatives - Recycling webpage or contact the Holleran Center by clicking here or calling 610-790-2883.


Nature-centered Leadership:

Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative, is a new book for those who aspire to reflect on their relationship with Nature while influencing others to do the same.  Nature-centered leadership is not a category of leadership style per se—it is a process by which we build an aspirational narrative with others for a more sustainable future.  Spencer S. Stober, Neag Professor and Professor of Biology, coauthored the book with two Ph.D. students, Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen.  For information on the book launch, please click here.


Alvernia Nutrition Session at the Reading Farmers Market:

"Orange vegetables reduce high blood pressure" was the nutrition message on Friday, October 4 as Alvernia University and Reading Health System School of Health Sciences nursing majors provided samples of a winter vegetable medley and bright-orange fact sheets about potassium to about 80 farmers market participants at The Reading Farmers Market at 9th and Penn Street. The Farmers Market is open to the public and participates in SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), a federal nutrition assistance program, one benefit of which is to provide vouchers to eligible, low-income individuals and families to supplement their diets with (locally grown) produce.  Potassium is an underconsumed nutrient in the American diet typically, and fresh foods, but particularly orange, yellow, and red produce items, supply it in abundance. The orange vegetable dish was provided by Gayatri Wellness, a local organization specializing in sustainable agriculture.

Alvernia-Millmont Partnership - Garden Project:

Alvernia University was awarded a 2013 DEP Environmental Education Grant to provide Millmont Elementary School with school/community gardening workshops and curriculum.  As part of the existing partnership, the Holleran Center will facilitate educator workshops and assist the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers with setting up classroom gardens in preparation for the 2014 Eco-Fun Day Program at Angelica Park. Students will plant seeds and care for them, some of which will then be transplanted to the Angelica Garden as one of the educational activities during Eco-Fun Day.  

EPA EcoAmbassadors:

The Environmental Club is now affiliated with EPA's OnCampus EcoAmbassadors program.  Using resources provided by the EPA, student EcoAmbassadors participate in a nationwide effort to educate campuses on environmental issues.  This semester club members are working with EPA on the Energy Vampire Event and the America Recycles Day on November 15. Click here to check out the EPA OnCampus EcoAmbassadors website and find Alvernia on the map!


Sustainability & NanoEngineering:

Dr. Calvin Hong Li, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University and a member of the Penn Center for Energy Innovation, spoke to the Alvernia community this month on "Sustainability & NanoEngineering: Redefining Through Nano-Scale." The topic combined Dr. Li's research interests in renewable energy nanotechnology with wider environmental impacts.  Dr. Li has enthusiastically engaged undergraduate students in energy research.  To find out more about Dr. Li, please visit his webpage by clicking here.


Environment & Culture:

Sean Cullen, a doctoral student in Alvernia's Ph.D. in Leadership, will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference in Atlantic City this November in the Environment & Culture section for a creative piece he wrote titled, "Revisiting Ecotopia: The Sustaining Ecotopia Committee Meetings."  To read his abstract, please click here

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