Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.76
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pittsburgh
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Nick Goodfellow
Sustainability Coordinator
Dining Services
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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 No
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) No
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:

For two years the Student Office of Sustainability (SOOS) has developed and managed the Green Certified Events to assist and promote events seeking to minimize their environmental footprint. In 2017 SOOS oversaw 40 Green Certified Events at the University and expects that number to double in 2018.
Green Certified Events encourage event organizers to go zero waste (minimization, recycling, and composting), serve local and plant-based foods through on-campus catering which does not charge extra for compostable serveware, and promote the event electronically using social media and various displays across campus. The program also encourages organizers to allow remaining food to be posted on the Pitt FoodShare facebook page - a page that organizers post notices of leftover food to so that students can come to the event and take the remaining food since it is not able to be recovered through traditional food recovery methods.

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

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