Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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) Yes
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:

The MIT Sustainable Event Certification helps guide event planners toward making smart choices about food, energy, transportation, and materials when planning an event. It aims to: empower staff, faculty, and student event planners to take a leadership role in catalyzing a sustainable transformation across the event culture at MIT, reduce the environmental impact of event planning choices, and boost the health and enjoyment of event attendees.

The Excel tool is attached. The tool includes the following components:

Transportation-related details include: pedestrian-friendly, public-transit oriented event location; carpool options; and virtual attendance suggestions.

Catering guidance includes guidelines for: locally produced, organic, fair trade, vegetarian, bulk items, sustainable dishware, and food labelling.

Guidelines on limited paper consumption include: electronic advertising; use of mobile apps; paper-free or recycled paper suggestions; name badge criteria, etc.

Energy efficiency criteria include holding event in a venue chosen for its energy efficiency and sustainable amenities, i.e. a LEED-certified building, a space with natural lighting, or outdoors.

Materials and waste guidelines include: guidelines for trash, recycling, and compost; advice on using reusable items, and reducing over-purchasing.

A section on communications includes guidance for advertising the event sustainably.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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