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UPUA Passes Several Resolutions Focused On Sustainability At Penn State

The 18th assembly of the University Park Undergraduate Association met once again Wednesday night to pass several bills.

Wednesday’s meeting opened with a special presentation by Gabby Harris from the Student Programming Association (SPA). Harris spoke about the various branches of SPA, how the students are able to bring so many events to campus, and what the group’s internal organization looks like.

With Harris’ speech complete, the group moved on to new business.

New Business

Resolution #13-18: Don’t Get Hooked on a Phishing Scam Awareness Campaign was first up for the evening. The resolution described several recent phishing and scam attempts that targeted student organizations and individual students. The legislation calls for graphics and social media posts containing information about phishing and scams to be created and disseminated to the undergraduate student body.

Resolution #13-18 passed unanimously.

The next piece of legislature was Resolution #14-18: Support for Penn State Better Pursuing Climate Action Goals. Despite goals from former president Eric Barron and President Neeli Bendapudi to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 with benchmarks along the way, no formal plan of action has been created by university leadership.

Resolution #14-18 commits UPUA to work alongside university leaders in order to prioritize climate action, include student leaders in their discussions and be transparent about the progress toward carbon neutrality.

Resolution #14-18 passed unanimously.

Next up was Resolution #15-18: Establishment of Environmental Justice Collaboration. The resolution proposes a collaborative event to be held at 6 p.m. on February 27 in Willard 60. Specific invitations will be sent out to various student organizations representing the diversity of the student body and organizations that promote sustainability on campus. UPUA is preparing to have a panel of specialists in environmental justice who will be able to field questions from attendees.

Resolution #15-18 passed unanimously.

Bill #60-18: Funding for “Energize With Ezra” (Mayoral Office Hours) was next. The bill will provide $53 to purchase light snacks and refreshments to support the “Energize With Ezra” event, which has been held multiple times since State College Mayor Ezra Nanes took office. The event will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on February 22 on the ground floor of the HUB.

Bill #60-18 passed unanimously.

Bill #62-18: Fuel Rods Informational Campaign was then introduced. This bill allocates $20 for a sponsored Instagram post to make students aware of Fuel Rods on campus and how to use them. Fuel Rods are portable charging systems that can be rented at various locations around campus.

Bill #62-18 passed with a vote of 48-1-0.

The final bill of the night was Bill #63-18: Note-Taking Workshop With WorkLink. WorkLink is a program through Penn State that aims to assist individuals with learning disabilities with professional skills that will be useful in the workplace. The bill aims to send five UPUA representatives to the workshop to help teach note-taking tips and provides $22 for donuts to be provided at the workshop.

Bill #63-18 passed unanimously.

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