Outside view of The Penn Stater hotel. Sign near the conference entrance of The Penn Stater hotel. View from a hallway window at The Penn Stater hotel.

"I love staying at the Penn Stater. It is always so peaceful, clean, and everyone is so friendly and helpful."

Green Initiatives

At the Nittany Lion Inn and The Penn Stater, we’re committed to practices that benefit the environment—from purchasing local, organic foods to using eco-friendly packaging to repurposing solid wood furniture.  

Sustainability isn’t a new idea for Penn State Hospitality Services—we’ve been taking the lead in green efforts for over a decade. In fact, in 1999 the Nittany Lion Inn received the Waste Watcher Award—recognizing outstanding efforts in recycling and waste reduction—from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Public Recycling Officials of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Industries Association.  

More recently, in 2009, The Penn Stater was honored with a Waste Watcher Award for exemplary performance in recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and composting, as well as the GREENS Award at the Annual Global Renewable Energy Expo Networking Summit.  

Here are a just few examples of Penn State Hospitality Services leadership in sustainability: 

  • Composting food waste
  • Purchasing and using local and organic foods
  • Using energy-saving light bulbs
  • Recycling newspapers and other items from guest rooms
  • Repurposing old furniture – old wooden tables have been retooled as shelving units and tiered display units for banquet tables, and bed headboards from renovated rooms have been made into recycling containers in The Penn Stater.
  • Using bulk food for breaks instead of individually wrapped packages
  • Using corn-based biodegradable cups, flatware, and to-go shells, as well as wooden stir sticks
  • Using office paper that is 30 percent recycled content and bleach free
  • Offering optional towel re-use program for guest rooms

Learn more about green leadership at Penn State