Undergraduates awarded inaugural PepsiCo Urban Sustainability Fellowships

September 11, 2017 Penn State
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Erifili “Lily” Draklellis, a third-year student majoring in Earth and science policy, and Anthony Mitchell, a fourth-year student majoring in political science, have been awarded PepsiCo Urban Sustainability Fellowships.

Mitchell and Draklellis are enrolled in Penn State’s new Study Away Pittsburgh program, a semester-long, transformative, urban, educational experience for third- and fourth-year Penn State students…

…Mitchell has an internship with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, where he is working on land-use issues including a property stabilization program as well as efforts to address vacant lots within the city. Draklellis’ internship is with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council where she is working on an economic development project that links parks, natural resources and tourism amenities.

“I applied to the program because urbanization is real and happening; more than half of the world’s population lives in urban centers, and this number is on the rise,” Draklellis said. “It is very important to make sure cities are meeting sustainable goals, and new cities which are forming are doing so in a sustainable, healthy way for our environment.”

An urban sustainability course taught by Lisa Vavro, program manager for the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, compliments the students’ internship experience. Vavro and the center work with a wealth of community partners to create a real-world learning experience for Study Away participants…

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