Collaborations provide Campus Dining with additional resources to efficiently meet sustainability goals.
Vegetarian Advisory Board
Working with the Vegetarian Advisory Board and student nutrition assistants, Penn State provides more vegetarian options at a better quality for customers. The reduction in meat consumption and production helps to reduce greenhouse gasses while also make Penn State one of the most vegetarian-friendly campuses in the country.
Eco reps & Housing
Dedicated to promoting sustainable living, Eco reps, through the Housing department, works to reduce waste across campus. Joining together, Eco reps and Campus Dining gather data and host events surrounding such sustainable behaviors as composting, recycling, food waste reduction, and the implementation of eco-friendly food containers.
Two student sustainability coordinators promote sustainable dining initiatives and implement ecologically friendly behaviors for Penn State dining facilities across campus. Additionally, management from each dining common serves as a representative on the Sustainability Committee.
Penn State's student farm is one of the biggest local foods contributors to campus. The partnership also sees Campus Dining sponsor summer internship opportunities within farm operations.
Council of Sustainable Leaders
The Council of Sustainable Leaders unites organizations at Penn State geared towards sustainability, creating a community based around ecological action. Collaborations enables feedback to create promote positive change.
Food Recovery Network
Reducing food waste while improving food security for the local community, the Food Recovery Network gathers lefteover items not used by the dining commons. Food is then delivered to charities and shelters in the State College area.
Throughout the year, students can purchase items from participating Campus Dining convenience stores to donate items to Lion’s Pantry.