Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.57
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date April 11, 2023

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
IN-18: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Morgan King
Sustainability & Waste Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have or participate in a green event certification program?:
Yes

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

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 Zero Waste Events Certification program is designed to curb solid waste generation from events held on campus and to facilitate compliance with California State Bill SB 1383 (aka the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction law), which requires composting/organics recycling and food recovery. Students, faculty and staff hosting a gathering on campus requiring campus support services (food, facilities, financial services) must submit an event request in LumberJack Link (https://humboldt.presence.io/form/event-registration). Embedded within this form are required fields and further information for the event certification. Event organizers can select whether or not they want to make the event Green Certified, or if they wish to receive more information (if so a student green event coordinator will contact them to discuss). If food is served, the organizer must select the type of dishware that will be used. There are only two options: reusable dishware or locally compostable/recyclable dishware. Also, if food is served at the event the organizer must acknowledge they understand the laws requiring single-use food packaging be locally compostable/recyclable, and that larger events require donations of edible leftover food. Also in this form the organizer must select if leftover food will be donated to the on-campus food pantry (if so, the food pantry is contacted). Once the organizer completes and submits the form, an email is sent to zerowaste@humboldt.edu. Student green event coordinators send the event organizer the Zero Waste Event Certification Checklist (https://facilitymgmt.humboldt.edu/sites/default/files/zw_event_checklist_1_0.pdf) and provide consultation if requested. After signing and returning the checklist, the organizer can use the Certified Zero Waste Event logo for their fliers and invitations. See the attached document for the steps to certification, including screen grabs of the registration form.

Website URL where information about the green event certification program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
See the attached document for the steps to certification

See the attached document for the steps to certification

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