Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.45
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Calgary
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Alex Howard
Coordinator, Sustainability Engagement
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) 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:

The University of Calgary is proud to offer a Sustainable Events certification program.

To certify a Sustainable Event, campus event planners complete and submit a checklist documenting the sustainable decisions they have made in planning their event. The program also offers a suite of supporting tools and resources to help students, faculty and staff plan and execute more environmentally conscious, inclusive and socially responsible events at the University of Calgary.

The certification checklist includes nine categories of action: venue and event space; accommodation; invitations, communications and event promotion; event materials, gifts and giveaways; set-up and décor; staff participation; and innovation and exemplary practice. Each category in the checklist identifies clear action items for participants to complete, encouraging them to promote sustainable transportation options, to make sustainable catering choices, to minimize the paper and data are consumed by event communications, to reduce the event’s energy consumption, to minimize and divert waste, to promote accessibility and inclusivity throughout their operations and to communicate about their sustainable decisions with event attendees.

An appendix briefly explains why each action recommended in the checklist is sustainable and how to achieve it at the University of Calgary, with additional detail offered through supporting resources and workshops. To certify an event as sustainable, participants must complete at least 65% of all of the listed action items that apply to their event (Bronze certification), with additional levels of certification (Silver and Gold) awarded to those who complete a higher percentage of action items. Since the program’s launch in July 2018, 3 events have been certified as sustainable (including the annual President’s Stampede BBQ, an event with over 1500 guests).


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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