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 and vegan options at a better quality for customers. Plant-based diets are associated with lower carbon footprint, due to animal agriculture's large contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Reducing meat consumption and production can also positively impact water systems, land use dynamics, and personal health.
EcoReps & Housing
Dedicated to promoting sustainable living, EcoReps, through the Housing department, works to reduce waste and encourage sustainable habits across campus. Joining together, EcoReps 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.
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 enable feedback to create and promote positive change.
Throughout the year, students can purchase items from participating Campus Dining convenience stores to donate items to Lion’s Pantry.