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To go green, community leaders need fresh ideas. To make classes relevant, professors need connections to community leaders. To get jobs, sustainability-minded students want real-world experience. Penn State connects all those green dots—and everyone comes out ahead. The town-and-gown collaboration works like this: The university’s Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC) reaches out to communities to learn their sustainability projects wish lists. Next, the SCC works as a broker, matching up community needs with professors who teach appropriate classes. Then, those teachers guide their students, who dive head first into solving specific sustainability issues. Through the SCC’s matchmaking, projects landed in the