Penn State is serious about reducing waste, educating our students about sustainable practices, and encouraging a sustainable lifestyle.
The Impact of Food Services:
- Partnership with Leanpath to track, measure, and prevent food waste
- Recycling in and near all dining commons and eateries on campus of metal cans, plastic bottles, newspaper, mixed office paper and glass bottles
- Partner with the Student Farm to bring hyper-local produce to the dining commons
- Meet Your Farmer interactives and Local Meal special events to increase education about where our food is produced
- Compost leftover food and kitchen scraps on campus, which is used for soil enrichment and landscaping projects
- Support local vendor purchasing
- Partner with the Central PA Food Bank to redirect food resources from campus to community
- Efforts to reduce plastic bag usage in convenience stores
- Support paperless communication practices
- Sponsors Student Sustainability Coordinators to help educate students and staff on sustainable practices
- Supported by Housing and Food Services Sustainability Coordinator to direct programs and measure sustainability progress
- Alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more on how to conserve resources and reduce waste at the University's Sustainability site.