Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Saint Mary's College of California
IN-18: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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) 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:

A green event integrates environmental considerations into your event planning to reduce the negative impacts on our limited resources. Please consider making your next on-campus event Green!
Green events take just a little more thought and planning. To help you, we designed a checklist to guide your planning process.

Every event is unique. While not all criteria below may be relevant to you, please see how far you can go to host a green event.

Submit your on-campus green event here.

We ask that you take the following into consideration when planning your event:

Food & Beverage:
Request an RSVP to better estimate the actual number of attendees to diminish food waste
Choose vegetarian and vegan options to reduce the amount of meat served
Order seasonal and local foods
Order fair-trade and oraganic coffees, teas and chocolates
Buffet style serving: No individual packets of chips, condiments, etc.
Encourage attendees to bring their own dishes
Arrange to have leftover, unserved food donated to a local food bank of soup kitchen
Use compostable cups and plates (avoid plastic), or better yet, use reusable serving ware
Ensure all staff are trained on proper disposal of recyclables and compostables
Ensure you have bins for all three waste streams (compost, recycling and trash) at your event
Print less/no flyers. Instead, use SMC Digital Signs, SPoT, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms to advertise for your event
Distribute agendas and handouts electronically before the event
Print double-sided on recycled paper with narrow margins
Use whiteboards rather than paper flipcharts
Ask for feedback on your efforts at greening the event
Make video ore tele-conferencing available
Encourage public transit use

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

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