Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Stanford University
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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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, including the specific components selected above:

From small departmental meetings to large-scale campus community gatherings, Stanford hosts thousands of events throughout the year. Implementing green practices at these events, no matter the size, has helped Stanford reduce its waste, conserve resources, and set an example across campus by engaging the community in Stanford's commitment to sustainability. The Office of Sustainability’s Cardinal Green Event program prioritizes cost-neutral sustainability improvements and offers consultation to student and staff event planners on ways to reduce the impact of the food, waste, communications, energy consumption, and transportation at their events. Program participants complete a green event planning baseline survey at the beginning of the program to identify potential areas for improvement, and then submit a green event report after each event to verify the actions taken to reduce the impact of their event. These actions are translated into a numerical level of participation (0-100%) and participants receive incentives, in the form of recognition, based on their participation level. Participants who achieve the highest level of participation (75%+) are recognized through the Office of Sustainability’s newsletter, website, social media accounts, and featured in Stanford University’s Sustainability Year in Review.

New in 2016-17, the Office of Sustainability is working with Students for Sustainable Stanford and the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) to create a process through which all ASSU-funded student events can meet the same sustainability standards that are enforced through the Green Events program, including composting, recycling, and donating leftover food.


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