Strategic Program Areas

The Center focuses on six strategic program areas to help frame its priorities and measure its impact on the Pittsburgh region.

Community Revitalization

This area leverages a broad collaboration of residents, government, nonprofits, educational institutions, and professionals to enhance the economic and social well-being of local neighborhoods. Many efforts focus on the development and...

Energy

Energy programs increase awareness and understanding of sustainability issues through research, education, and training. Projects span "smart" infrastructure, solar and other renewable energy sources, and alternative vehicle fuels, and work...

Land Use

Utilizing Penn State expertise in landscape architecture, horticulture, and natural sciences, local communities participate in a process to envision a vibrant and more sustainable use of their land. Staff, students, and faculty work closely...

Project 15206

A two year initiative known as Project 15206, will address stormwater mitigation through community outreach, public policy and ordinance examination, design, and construction of green infrastructure within zipcode 15206 (seven neighborhoods of...

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

In our rapidly changing world, many of tomorrow's jobs will be in areas that barely exist today. A STEM-literate workforce can help to ensure that our region continues to grow and thrive. In partnership with educators, employers, and the...

Stormwater Management

This area focuses on designing and implementing green infrastructures to mitigate the negative consequences of stormwater runoff. Through demonstration projects and educational programming based in applied research, we advocate for the...

The Arts

Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture and The Penn State Center are partnering to increase arts and design engagements in the city of Pittsburgh. This unique partnership benefits Pittsburgh neighborhoods while providing valuable...