Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.00
Liaison Cora Kenfield
Submission Date March 15, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Vassar College
IN-5: Green Event Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
"---" 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 ---
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:

The Vassar green events certification program began in 2015, following the success of a number of large scale zero-waste events.

To be a green event the following areas should be addressed:
Catering: Supporting a local business, offering a vegetarian and/or vegan meal. Using compostable and/or reusable flatware and utensils
Paper consumption: Using sustainably sourced compostable napkins or reusable napkins. Providing meeting agendas ditigally. Making efforts to reduced the amount of paper printed. Rely primarily on digital communication for event publicity
Waste Minimization: Run the event as a zero-waste event. Have compost and recycling bins available. Have event volunteers monitor the waste stations.
Communications: Have signage explaining the catering and waste stations. Event organizer should make an announcement about the green initiatives at the beginning of the meeting/event.

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