Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.10
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date June 9, 2023

STARS v2.2

Boston University
IN-18: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Lexie Raczka
Sustainability Director of Dining
Dining Services
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Does the institution have or participate in a green event certification program?:

Has the institution held one or more certified events in the previous year?:

Does the institution’s green event certification program address the following?:
Yes or No
Sustainable transportation options, teleconferencing options, and/or carbon offsets No
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) No
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:

Catering on the Charles provides catering services to Boston University. Since not all catering services are not zero waste, Catering on the Charles created a specific program in support of BU’s Zero Waste Plan, this program is known as Zero Waste Events. Zero Waste Events have to be opted-in based upon request (through a "Zero Waste Catering package"), which is a green event certification process (logo attached in "Optional Fields" below). Catering on the Charles provides a number of service options that support waste reduction, options include china service - reusable dishware, silverware, glasses, and cloth napkins - and plant-based disposables - fiber plates, wood utensils, napkins, bio-based cups, etc. All staffed catered events include waste sorting in the back of house, including capturing food waste for anaerobic digestion. Additionally, they recycle plastic and glass bottles, cardboard, and paper.

Post-pandemic, BU had at least 20 Zero Waste Events. The program has become smaller than it was pre-pandemic. Catering on the Charles working on rebuilding the program, but due to staffing shortages and supply chain issues, effectively tracking the program has become difficult.

Catering on the Charles sources and purchases food and beverages locally whenever possible and "offer organic, vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, and responsibly raised meat products".

Website URL where information about the green event certification program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

This represents FY2021 and FY2022.

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