Local students beautify the community for Earth Day
In honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, students at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus engaged in a cleanup project along a local highway.
A group of 16 Penn State Fayette students enrolled in an “Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection” course spent their class time walking along Route 119 next to the campus. In 45 minutes, the group collected 30 bags of litter in just two-tenths of a mile. The effort was led by professor David Meredith, program head from Building Environmental Systems Technology.
“I’ve been celebrating Earth Day since the first event in 1970,” said Meredith. “Since my class was scheduled to meet on that day, we wanted to do a service project to help the community and have some fun in the process.” Meredith’s course is an overview of energy and its environmental effects for non-technical majors like business and liberal arts.
“This course allows students to get a feel for what they can do to save energy and improve their local environment,” said Meredith. Dr. Meredith teaches in the associate degree program in building engineering technology that prepares graduates for careers in green building design and construction, and the energy and sustainability industries.