|Submission Date||May 7, 2020|
Humboldt State University
IN-18: Green Event Certification
|0.25 / 0.50||
Sustainability & Waste Coordinator
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)||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:
The Green Event Certification program is specifically designed to curb solid waste generation from events held on campus. Program coordinators in the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) consult with event organizers prior to the actual event to review menus and planned activities and to identify zero waste alternatives. Program coordinators may also attend events, doing “trash talks” with attendees and diverting food waste and recycling. Upon participation, event organizers can earn a Green Event Certification certificate, which they can display at events and use in their marketing material. The Green Events Certification program has been integrated into the Clubs & Activities Event Application process so that all student event organizers must respond if they wish to make their event Green Certified, along with what waste reduction or sustainability services they might select.
In consultation with WRRAP, event organizers commit to a number of items to green up their event, which may include: no paper advertisements are used, advertisements for the event highlight sustainable features of the event, sufficient compost and recycling containers are reserved for the event (1 bin of each type for every 50 attendees), Campus recycling has been contacted about the event, organic food entree will offered at the event, a vegetarian and/or vegan entree will be offered, durable/reusable dishware will be used, beverages will be served from coolers rather than from single use containers, announcement is made at start of event that it is zero waste and patrons are directed to proper waste receptacles, and volunteers man compost/recycling/trash bins to assist attendees with proper disposal (can be provided if needed).
Website URL where information about the green event certification program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
See the attached document for the steps to certification
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