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Penn State City Lights invites alumni, public to sustainability event

1/28/2013 —

Penn State alumni and the public are invited to attend "Urban Sustainability and Regenerative Design,” 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh. The event is part of the Penn State Alumni Association’s City Lights programming and is co-sponsored by the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture.

Phipps, now known as one of the world's greenest public spaces, was established in 1893. The steel and glass Victorian greenhouse has stood as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of Pittsburgh and, in recent decades, has become a prime example of advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening, and environmental awareness.

The program features Ken Tamminga, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture and a faculty member of Penn State’s Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Tamminga will discuss sustainability and community regeneration and will explain how alumni and campus members can engage communities in green efforts.

A reception with hors d'oeuvres and private conservatory access will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and dessert and an educational program beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The fee is $30 for Alumni Association members and $45 for non-members. To register, visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu/events/citylights or call 1-800-548-LION, option 5.

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