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Greener Game-days


Judd Michael,

About the Project

Greener Game-days: Making Penn State Athletics Events More Sustainable, was funded by Penn State's Sustainability Institute's Reinvention Fund at the University Park campus in the amount of $37,500.

This project utilizes Athletics facilities, with a focus on the larger facilities such as Beaver Stadium (including tailgating areas) and Pegula Ice Arena, as the main parts of the “living lab” by learning more about available means to increase sustainability of Penn State sports events and then put those solutions into place. The grant provided funds to trial a zero-waste initiative in two Beaver Stadium suites. A team from across campus, along with external experts, developed a system to manage waste in the suites. 

The team averaged over 97% diversion for the football season, keeping more than 3,000 lbs of trash from the landfill while capturing significant value from recyclable and compostable materials. 

Former Penn State President Rodney Erickson  (left) is pictured with Smeal MBA student and “Zero Waste Ambassador”  Travis Lesser. Dr. Erickson is placing a Stalk Market compostable plate into one of the Green Drop Recycling Stations used in the President’s and Governmental Affair’s Suites at Beaver Stadium.

What's Next?

  • Expand and adapt what was learned in this initiative to other parts of Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena in 2014. 
  • Continue to strive toward zero-waste as an aspirational goal and as an excellent living lab educational experience for PSU Athletics venues.

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