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 are student educators for sustainability at Penn State's University Park Campus! The group focuses on educating first year students in East and Pollock residence areas and communicating Penn State's commitment to sustainability from students' very first day on campus. The EcoReps program consists of more frequent, building specific outreach events and 6 large scale team-wide events throughout the year. For more information on the program and events, follow @PSUEcoReps on Instagram and look for Eco-Stories flyers in the bathroom stalls of East and Pollock.
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.