Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

American University
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Hannah Moskowitz
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution’s green event certification program address the following?:
Yes or No
Sustainable transportation options, teleconferencing options, and/or carbon offsets Yes
Sustainable catering (e.g. sourcing local and third party certified food and beverages, providing vegetarian/vegan options, using reusable/compostable materials) Yes
Paper consumption (e.g. minimization and recycled/FSC certified content) Yes
Energy efficiency (e.g. equipment and lighting) No
Waste minimization and diversion Yes
Communications and/or signage about the sustainable practices Yes

A brief description of the institution’s green event certification program, including the specific components selected above:

Sustainable Transportation: Encourage guests to walk, carpool, or use public transportation. Utilize www.american.edu/transportation to highlight commuting options

Sustainable Catering: Invite guests to bring their own water bottle, coffee mug, or reusable utensils, Ask vendors/caterers about their sustainability commitments, such as reducing waste or sourcing locally, Offer at least one vegetarian and/or vegan option, Avoid individually wrapped condiment packets or snacks, such as individual chip bags or butter pads, Buy food in bulk as much as possible to avoid excess packaging, Offer reusable kitchenware. Compostable plates and utensils are the next best option. Avoid individual plastic-wrapped cutlery packets, Choose food that is fair trade, local, or organic, Avoid bottled water. Bulk tap water can be requested, or offer pitchers of water, Provide smaller plates so that people do not take more food than they will eat, Consider cold food options to cut down on cooking and heating energy use, Avoid Styrofoam, even in disposable coffee/hot cups, Avoid plastic packaging whenever possible. Plastic cutlery, straws, and plastic wrap are not recyclable, Use reusable spoons and bulk cream/creamer at the coffee station. Individual creamer cups are not recyclable.

Paper Consumption: Plan to properly recycle or compost all decorations such as paper streamers (paper), cotton string (compost), or paper banners/signage (paper), Reduce the impact of promotional flyers and handouts by either eliminating entirely, reducing the size or number of paper flyers, or printing on recycled content paper.

Waste Minimization and Diversion: Offer the zero waste containers, Ensure that all of the materials from the event are recycled, reused, or composted, Make a plan to donate unopened, leftover food and beverages, Place staff at waste collection points to ensure proper sorting of recyclables, compostables, and other waste. If you wish to have waste stations staffed by sustainability interns, email sustainability@american.edu at least two weeks in advance. This is recommended for events larger than 60 people that are serving food.

Communications and/or signage: Provide information or signage about the green aspects of the event. For specific waste items, it's best to make a "housekeeping" announcement at the beginning.


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