Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
IN-18: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Elissa Welch
Project Manager, Energy and Environmental Projects
Voinovich School
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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 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:

Ohio University has a green event certification program (https://www.ohio.edu/sustainability/get-involved/green-events). At least 5 events were formally registered into the system since May 2019, and we are working to communicate the importance of following the guidelines and registering green events to planners on campus. OU is working to revise and incentivize its green event program and has convened a Greening OHIO Working Group with representation from Event Services, Catering, Facilities, Campus Recycling, Student Services and more to better coordinate these groups on campus around policies, practices and messaging. Our revised edition of The OHIO Green Events Guide was published in Spring 2021 by these groups. The Guide addresses venue selection (including natural lighting venues), food and beverage choices (including local and lower carbon footprint choices), decorations, handouts, waste management, transportation, promotion/marketing, and event cleanup. Contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu with additional questions.

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

Data provided by Elissa Welch, Project Manager, Energy and Environmental Projects, Voinovich School on 3/11/2020.

Input by Sydney Hutchinson 3/23/2020.

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