Penn State is serious about reducing waste and educating our students about sustainable practices. 

The Impact of Food Services:

  • Recycling in and near all dining commons and eateries on campus of metal cans, plastic bottles, newspaper and mixed office paper, glass bottles, corrugated cardboard and plastic film
  • Green2Go containers are available in all dining commons eateries for take out meals
  • Partner with the Student Farm to bring 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, used napkins and kitchen scraps which is used for soil and landscaping projects on campus
  • Support local vendor purchasing
  • Committed to elimination of plastic straws in our All-You-Care-To-Eat facilities
  • Efforts to reduce plastic bag usage through Eco Coin programming
  • Support paperless communication practices
  • Sponsors Student Sustainability Coordinators to help educate students and staff on sustainable practices and the impact they can make
  • Partner with the Central PA Food Bank to redirect food resources
  • Participation in Green Paws

Learn more on how to conserve resources and reduce waste at the University's Sustainability site.