|Submission Date||Dec. 23, 2016|
IN-5: Green Event Certification
|0.50 / 0.50||
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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:
Université Laval has created a certification for eco-responsible events to encourage their holding on campus. This certification brings credibility to the approach. Moreover it is simple to apply and free. To this end, the university has developed an Eco-responsible Events Guide (PDF in French only: https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/GuideEvenementEcoresponsable-UL.pdf). The purpose of the guide is to help event organizers plan and hold events in keeping with sustainable development principles. The guide draws on reference works, websites, news monitoring, and experience acquired over the past several years. The solutions presented were chosen because they are applicable to the Université Laval campus.
The minimum conditions to meet for an event to be certified eco-responsible are:
- Encourage participants to use a mode of transport other than single-occupant vehicles
- Optimize waste sorting with the help of a support team
- Use washable dishes for meals and breaks (plates, bowls, glasses, cups, containers, and utensils)
- Use the Internet and email for registration, document mailings, and communications between guests and participants
- Choose at least six additional measures, taking inspiration from suggestions in the guide
There are numerous additional measures proposed in the Guide. Among them, it is recommended to
- Minimize and reduce at source the amount of waste generated by the event;
- Offer vegetarian or vegan menus;
- Use reused, recycled, reusable or recyclable decorations;
- Quantify the greenhouse gases emitted during the event
- Take advantage of the communications sent to the participants to explain the measures implemented to get the eco-responsible events certification.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.