Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.48
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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Université de Sherbrooke
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lucie Durand
Institutional Research Advisor
Management - Support Service
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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) 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, including the specific components selected above:

In 2011, Université de Sherbrooke became the first Québec university to receive the 9700-253 certification from the Bureau de normalization du Québec (BNQ) for the organization of eco-friendly events. This certification evaluates the University according to specific criteria, classified in the following 5 categories:
1. Service providers selection
This category is meant to favor the service providers located near the events so that these generate local benefits. In addition, values in sustainable development as well as the social consideration of the service providers are taken into account.
2. Equipment, energy sources and water management
The 4 Rs (rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle) are assessed in this category. To evaluate them, equipment characteristics, energy and water consumption as well as on-site energy sources are analyzed.

3. Residual materials management
This category assesses the events capacity not to generate large quantities of residual materials. To do this, a food surplus and residual materials management system evaluations are carried out.

4. Food selection
Here, the certification aims to promote local products purchasing and selling, acknowledged or certified as organic and / or as fair trade during events.

5. Means of transportation selection
This category aims to evaluate the means put in place to reduce GHG emissions generated by events and the use of public transportation. To achieve this, organization, participants and users trips are taken into account.
Based on the events, a rating between 1 and 5 is then assigned, which specifies their eco-friendly level.
Over the years, there have been many events organized at the Université de Sherbrooke taking into account the BNQ certification: conventions, back-to-school activities, convocation ceremonies, just to name a few. The University BNQ certification is still valid to date.

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