Sustainability in the Allenwood Student Lab

Posted on 11/15/2019 12:02:34 PM

The Department of Hospitality Management is happy to share local and global involvement in the sustainability movement.

At the beginning of the fall 2019 semester, the Allenwood introduced biodegradable pasta straws. These straws both hold up for the duration of the guests’ dining experience and do not require any effort during disposal like plastic does. After this addition, the Allenwood students and professors began to look for other ways to become more “green.” 

As part of this movement, the Allenwood is now an approved site and official partner of ReCORK, an organization from British Columbia which collects and recycles natural cork into useable products such as sandals, coasters, and exercise blocks.

As a ReCORK collection site, the Hospitality Management Department inside the Allenwood Lab has a cork collection bin and is asking the IUP community and its affiliates to donate their natural corks at the Allenwood.

Cork recycling bin in front of the ALlenwoodReCORK’s work has reduced their carbon footprint to carbon negative by powering their recycle center with hydro-electric power and planting cork oak trees. As an active member of the hospitality and food-service industry, IUP’s Department of Hospitality Management will accept natural cork products for recycling to help the wine industry (for example) maintain the ability to use natural cork for years to come.

Lastly, as the Allenwood moves through its current supply of styrofoam containers, they will be replaced with recycled paper containers.

Please join us at the Allenwood for lunch,; or for dinner, And please bring your corks (many or few) for recycling! Cork donations are also accepted without dining at the Allenwood—but why not treat yourself?

Chef Jeff Santicola, faculty, staff, and students of IUP’s Department of Hospitality Management

The Department of Hospitality Management is the premier hotel, restaurant, tourism, and special event undergraduate program in the region and the largest program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Department of Hospitality Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).