Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
IN-18: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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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 college has adopted green event guidelines. The 2022 Earth Day events followed these guideline, and many club events follow these guidelines.

Help make RVCC events environmentally friendly by requesting:
□ that attendees to bring reusable water bottles/mugs/thermoses
□ cloth tablecloths (for round tables, email studentlife@raritanval.edu and then confirm)
□ compost and recycling bins inside the room (include in Housekeeping work order)
□ buffet style food, avoiding single serving packaging (such as paper boxes for boxed lunches)
□ vegan and vegetarian options
□ lower-impact animal protein such as eggs, poultry and fish

For internal events, the inhouse caterer or event organizer will provide the following when applicable and feasible:
□ water dispensers or pitchers, not plastic water bottles
□ compostable paper cups and plates
□ coffee service with dairy pitchers, sugar bowls, wooden stirrers
□ cloth tablecloths for catering tables (can be provided for additional rectangular tables for a fee)


Website URL where information about the green event certification program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information is provided in the information packet to catering customers. There is currently no public web page for this program. Culinart supported the program through FY20. The campus was closed and had no dining services in FY21. Gourmet Dining supported the program in FY22 and will continue to do so moving forward under their 2022 contract.

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