Walking the Talk

Information about outreach initiatives and events focused on sustainability at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Debbie Lissenden and Evan Smith learning hydroponics.

Green Team

The Smeal Green Team was formed in 2010 and is comprised of faculty and staff members who volunteer their time to learn about and promote sustainable business practices at the college. The Green Team has led many efforts to reduce the college’s impact on the environment through recycling and power management initiatives and by fostering discussion on sustainability through regularly scheduled luncheons and events.

The mission of the Smeal Green Team is to help lead the college's efforts in the adaptation of environmentally sustainable business practices. The group does this by creating awareness, identifying opportunities, and facilitating initiatives to capture these opportunities.

LEED Certification

As part of the college’s commitment to sustainability leadership, Smeal has earned LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance gold certification, the first building to do so on any Penn State campus.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a set of standards for sustainable building design, construction, and operation. The performance standards for existing buildings address multiple facets of sustainability, including building exterior and site maintenance programs, efficient and optimized use of energy and water, the purchase of environmentally preferred products and food, waste stream diversion and management, and ongoing indoor environmental quality. To achieve LEED certification, buildings must meet a series of prerequisites and achieve a minimum of 34 points. Smeal’s performance has greatly exceeded this threshold; we recently received gold certification, the second-highest certification level.

Recognition of Sustainability Leadership

Smeal believes in recognizing and rewarding faculty, students, and staff for their leadership in advancing scholarship, teaching, student engagement, and practice of sustainability. Every year, we ask for nominations and recognize leaders at an All-College Meeting.