UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's extensive capabilities in hosting sustainable events helped ESPN achieve its goal of presenting its “College GameDay” show previewing the Nittany Lions' football showdown with the University of Michigan in a sustainable manner.
The event, held Saturday morning, Oct. 19, on the HUB lawn, was the seventh time ESPN brought its Sports Emmy-winning presentation to Penn State. The network strives to be environmentally responsible at its weekly visits to top football schools across the country while also providing exciting pregame entertainment for the huge crowds of fans who attend.
ESPN required a large crew to set up and manage its “College GameDay” program over a three-day period, and significant amounts of food and drink — provided by Campus Catering and local restaurants — were needed to keep the crew fed, according to Judd Michael, professor of agricultural and biological engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences. But there inevitably were lots of leftovers that could have ended up in a landfill, he noted.