Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
IN-18: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Sue Fassler
Sustainable Facilities Manager
"---" 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) 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:

ESF's Sustainable Event Certification Program offers two tiers of certification: Certified and Platinum. Certified events must achieve 40% of applicable points with at least 1 point from 4 categories. Platinum events must achieve 70% of applicable points with at least 2 points from 5 categories.

Categories include:

- Inclusion, diversity and equity
- Zero waste
- Advertising, décor and giveaways
- Food & dining
- Energy
- Water
- Transportation

The certification program features a Guide (Sustainable Event Checklist, Sustainable Catering Guide, Carbon Offset Credit Guide, Water Restoration Credit Guide and Alternative Giveaways Guide) and certification spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hNl_I6nEXv3lO9rRp5a5mi4HPR_cI4WdKiXdgy897e4/edit#gid=1385371153).

Event planners are able to request planning and certification assistance from the Office of Sustainability.

In 2022, three events were awarded "Certified" status and five achieved "Platinum" status

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

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