Sustain Our School

Sustain Our School

As an initiative of this year’s theme, “Guide State Forward,” Penn State Homecoming is taking strides to further our sustainable efforts and to not only better the future of State, but also the future of our world.

In order to effectively maintain our tradition, we need to make plans maintain the future. Just like we sustain our tradition, we must sustain our campus as well as contribute to global sustainability. The sustainable practices we instill in our captains, committee members and competitors will travel across the globe in order to create a better future for ourselves as well as our successors.

The three key pillars in sustainability, social, financial and environmental, have been widely accepted as the proper method to approaching sustainability. Whenever planning an event or producing a product, it is important to keep in mind how it impacts your community, your funds and your environment. The ideas behind it are to promote diversity and equality, increase environmental and social awareness, and make practical decisions to 

At the beginning of 2018 Homecoming created a series of goals in using social, economic, and environmental sustainability as guidelines. The mission decided upon for Homecoming’s sustainability initiatives is that “Penn State Homecoming is committed to increasing our sustainability efforts as an organization and inspiring those involved in Homecoming to take similar action. As an organization rooted in Penn State’s history, we hope to create sustainable traditions to preserve the future like we do the past, For The Glory.”

From these brainstorming sessions our commitment to go zero waste as an organization by 2023 was produced. Alongside our commitment to zero waste, we have created a vision statement that “Penn State Homecoming is committed to introducing sustainable habits to our community through education and implementing alternatives to wasteful and destructive habits. Within the next five years all Penn State Homecoming events will have at least an 80%percent diversion rate, be active in contributing to sustainability efforts within the Penn State community and all products will be ordered with sustainability in mind to reduce material, packaging and shipping impact.”

HOPE is our recycling effort in which the competing orgs can bring in 30 gallon aluminum cans for points throughout the year. Through HOPE, we look to provide alternative waste disposal for all competing organizations. HOPE has been one of the most direct ways of implementing sustainability with organizations and helps to ensure as much waste as possible is diverted from landfills while helping to create sustainable habits in our community organizations.

As an organization, Homecoming has worked with Penn State OPP and reviewed all supplies used at its events and analyzed each based on disposability. As of now, waste produced is either recyclable or compostable, but most is still trash. Throughout the five-year sustainability plan, products will be replaced with sustainable alternatives. OPPerations and Distribution Management will work closely with our current supplier to find sustainable alternatives or find new suppliers who can better accommodate our sustainable needs.

The goal of the Homecoming Sustainability Education program is to educate all committees and organizations participating in Homecoming on the importance of sustainable practices and how they can be more sustainable in their everyday lives. Through a partnership with the Penn State sustainability Institute, Homecoming committees and organizations are being educated on how they can stay involved in a more sustainable university as well as in their home communities.

You can do your part at all Penn State Homecoming events by properly recycling your trash and doing your part to create a better planet for all future lions!

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