Author: Cole Lennon
The Zero Waste Initiative is a series of events with one big goal: Making Beaver Stadium a zero-
waste facility. Participants volunteer at Penn State football’s home games and ultimately help divert thousands of pounds of waste from Beaver Stadium throughout the season. Volunteering also benefits participants beyond helping reduce waste; it provides great opportunities to meet Mr. Eric Barron, the President of Penn State, among many other important university officials, politicians, and benefactors to the university.
Volunteers are often assigned to either the President’s Suite or the Governmental Affairs Suite on the third level of Beaver Stadium. Typical tasks involve educating guests in the suites on recycling management within Beaver Stadium, as well as engaging others on how materials in the suites are recycled. Moving tons of waste from landfills and into recycling facilities is helpful for both volunteers and guests, as both groups come to better understand why this initiative makes a massive impact.
Volunteers can also choose to help out at any of these upcoming home games:
• 9/27 vs. Northwestern, Start Time 12: 00 PM
• 10/25 vs. Ohio State, Start Time 8:00 PM
• 11/1 vs. Maryland, Start Time TBA
• 11/15 vs. Temple, Start Time TBA
• 11/29 vs. Michigan State, Start Time TBA
Even as the events start out in the suites, further progress throughout the rest of the stadium will allow Beaver Stadium to finally become a zero-waste facility. The combination of networking, helpful volunteering, and a compelling environmentally-friendly goal make this Zero Waste Initiative one of the most exciting sustainable projects at Penn State today.