Positive Energy is a student run subcommittee of the Penn State Society of Petroleum Engineers. Positive Energy’s focus is on environmental service and STEM outreach. Our organization is open to any and all majors to further diversify the all-encompassing energy landscape.
Positive Energy is a newly created student organization that focuses on volunteering and community betterment. Our mission is to serve as an outlet for members of the Energy Industry to give back.
It is more critical now than ever before to take care of our planet and our communities. Positive Energy is a resource and tool for Positive Impacts. In the words of James Cameron, “All energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back.” Positive Energy completes the cycle by taking time away from providing abundant and affordable energy to the world, and instead energizing communities through volunteering and fundraising.
While at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in San Antonio, SPE Penn State and Positive Energy got their hands dirty by cleaning and restoring Hemisfair Park as a part of an SPE Cares project. Hemisfair was the site of the 1968 World’s Fair and is now a park and recreation space hosting playgrounds, arts, green space, and local businesses.
Our team worked alongside the SPE chapters from University of Texas-Austin, University of Texas- Permian Basin, and Texas Tech University and collaborated with Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) on this project. 55 SPE members were split between several tasks including cleaning the variety of recreational equipment, sorting and cleaning the books from the library on site, and reallocating sand in the large sandbox.
When all the tasks had been completed, Geoffrey Baldwin, the Director of Park Operations, told the group how important this project was to restoring the park and maintaining its historical integrity. Hemisfair Park was once able to bring people together from all over the world and now, due to efforts such as ours and the continued work of HPARC, Hemisfair Park could become a world attraction once again.