Sustainability Efforts

Overview: 

At Penn State Greater Allegheny, we work to create a sustainable world so we have an equitable world.  Using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap, our sustainability initiatives engage students, faculty, staff and community members in projects that meet challenges head-on and improve situations now and for the future. 

Initiatives:  

Project GAGA (Goats at Greater Allegheny) 

In the fall of 2018, Penn State Greater Allegheny became the first commonwealth campus to use goats to maintain campus grounds.  Goatscaping clears overgrown areas and hillsides in an eco-friendly way. The goats help us manage vegetation without herbicides, leaving no waste and naturally fertilizing the soil. 

Edible Walking Trail 

Walkthrough the heart of campus and you will find fruit, vegetable and herb plantings.  Faculty and students, along with Physical Plant team members maintain the growing spaces that provide community members access to fresh produce. 

Students in our 3+1 Energy Engineering program designed and installed a soil moisture sensor in one of our raised garden beds to monitor the condition of the ground. 

Free Store 15132

Space once utilized as a storage room now provides community members access to free clothing and household items. Patterned after Braddock’s Free Store 15104, our store is located on the lower level of the Frable Building. Students fully operate the space and open it to community members.   Available items may have ended up in landfills, but now have a new purpose for those with a need.  During the Fall 2021 semester, the planned hours of operation are: Tuesdays 5pm-7pm; Thursdays 12:15pm - 1:15pm and 5pm - 7pm; Fridays 12:15pm - 1:15pm.  For more information, please call 412-675-9181.