Green Event Certification Program

The USD Green Event Certification Program has just launched!  This program, new to 2020 is intended to guide and inspire more sustainable events hosted by USD departments.  By participating in this program, departments 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.

The Certification Process

  • Review this form and determine if your event will meet the four minimum requirements to be a Bronze Certified Green Event.
  • Use the form to guide you throughout your event planning to learn about more sustainable options and to 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.