Green Event Certification Program

New to 2020, the USD Green Event Certification Program, is intended to guide and inspire more sustainable events hosted by USD departments and organizations.  By participating in this program, departments/organizations can help USD lower its ecological footprint and set a positive example for the USD community.  The process will walk you through sustainable actions in regards to marketing, food, serving, waste, energy, transportation, decor, giveaways, and social justice.


In order for your event to become bronze certified it must meet the following requirements:

Will provide both landfill and recycling bins
There will be at least one vegetarian and/or vegan food option (if food is served)
Paper handouts will be minimized
Guests will be informed on proper waste disposable- e.g. Announcements will be made at the beginning, during, and at the end of the event in regard to proper waste sorting (e.g. plastics 1, 2, and 5 are recyclable, food scraps should go in the compost bin, etc.)
Recognition will be made regarding the Green Event Certification level and some green aspects of the event (via speaker announcement, sign at check-in table, flyer, etc.)

In order to receive a higher level certification, select tasks from the below categories.  Points are indicated in parentheses after each task. 

If your event will have food, select an additional...

  • 15 points for a silver rating
  • 20 points for a gold rating
  • 30 points for a platinum rating

If your event will NOT have food, select an additional...

  • 10 points for a silver rating
  • 15 points for a gold rating
  • 25 points for a platinum rating
  • Promotion/Planning
  • Food/Beverages
  • Servingware
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Decor & Giveaways
  • Social Justice

The Certification Process

  • Use this form to guide you throughout your event planning, learn about more sustainable options, and help you make more sustainable decisions.
  • Use the reference tabs to read more details on sustainable suggestions.
  • Contact the Office of Sustainability at with questions or requests for help on greening your event.
  • Copy the form and rename it to correspond with your event.
  • Enter "Points Earned" in the corresponding column to receive points for your sustainability efforts.
  • Once completed, e-mail a link to your form to receive credit and recognition for your efforts!
  • In return, the office will review the form and send you a 'logo' to include on your event materials or presentation, recognizing your event has been Green Event Certified, with the appropriate rating: bronze, silver, gold, or platinum.
  • Provide our office with feedback on our new program so we can continue to improve it.

Green Event Toolkit

Please contact the Office of Sustainability at if you would like to reserve this toolkit.  Note that you will be responsible for washing the plates, cups, and flatware, before returning the items.  Contents of the toolkit include:
  • 30 Plates- These plates are BPA free and made of 100% recycled materials.  They are sturdy, have a beveled edge, and a carrying lip.
  • 30 Cups- 16 oz. each.
  • 30 Forks- stainless steel
  • 30 Spoons- stainless steel
  • 30 Knives- stainless steel
  • 3 Serving spoons- stainless steel
  • 2 Serving tongs- stainless steel
  • 30 Napkins- Cotton fabric sourced from a fair-trade factory.
  • 1 Canvas bag, labeled "Soiled Napkins"- Return soiled napkins in this bag and we will launder them.
  • 1 Compost bin- Collect food scraps in this and then bring it to the SLP for disposal in the biohitech digester, to divert food waste from landfills.
  • Descriptive signs for Trash, Recycling, and Compost- To post as needed at your event.
  • 1 List of "checked out" items- This will remind you what needs to be back in the bin before it is returned. We encourage you to only check out what you expect to use, as to lighten the load and minimize risk of misplacing an item.
  • 1 Carrying bin- This will keep all of the above content together.
  • 1 Dolly- You can use this to transport the carrying bin if you like.  It is lightweight and collapsible.