Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 Green Event Guide was developed by the Penn Sustainability Office to help students, faculty and staff in the Penn community host more ecologically sustainable events, whatever their size and scope.

The Green Events guide addresses planning prior to the event, the event itself, and post event clean-up. As part of the pre-event planning, the guide suggests outlining sustainability goals and brainstorming ways in which they can be acheived, such as:
* choosing an outdoor location or space with natural lighting to reduce energy consumption
* setting up the room to maximize thermal comfort and using daylight to reduce unnecessary lighting
* selecting a site with access to public or alternative transportation modes
* including directions for public transit users
* reducing paper use for promotion or making reusable materials
* increasing the use of reusable servicewear items
* selecting a sustainable caterer
* providing recycling and compost receptacles.

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

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