Green Events


The Green Events program provides guidance and resources to improve the sustainability of events on the UW-Madison campus. The program aims to reduce the environmental impacts of events by focusing on six major categories: Venue, Décor, Communications, Transportation, Food, and Waste. We want each client’s event to be a success just as much as they do. We are excited to have partners joining us in the quest for a sustainable future.

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Green Events Team, Fall 2020.
Green Events Team, Fall 2020.

Green Event Certification

The Green Events team recognizes the actions event planners are taking to reduce the environmental impact of their event and encourages them to expand their efforts.

For large events, we have a Green Event Certification program where event planners collaborate with the Green Events team to identify and execute actions to improve the sustainability of their event. Depending on the level of action taken, the event will receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Certification. All certified Green Events will be recognized below on our website and receive a seal corresponding to their certification level to be used in post-event communications.

For smaller events, we encourage event planners to utilize the sustainability tips sheets provided above. After the event is over, we invite planners to fill in the approval form below to identify the steps they’ve taken to be more sustainable. Through this process, events have the opportunity to be recognized as a Green Event and receive a Green Event seal.

Large Events (200+ attendees)

  1. Submit this Google form with preliminary event information
  2. Office of Sustainability (OS) interns will reach out to schedule a Preliminary Meeting
  3. Attend the Preliminary Meeting with any questions you may have to develop a customized approach to your event
  4. Option to receive support from OS on the day of the event
  5. Attend an Event Recap Meeting with the OS to reflect on the event
  6. Receive a Green Event Certification and corresponding seal and share your success!

Smaller Events (<200 attendees)

  1. Consult the Sustainability Tips for Events checklist to find out how you can improve the sustainability of your event
  2. Reach out to the Green Events team for guidance, resources, and answers to any questions
  3. Fill out the Green Event Approval Form after your event
  4. Receive a Green Event Seal and share your success!

Past Green Events

Green Event Platinum Certified SealSTARS Announcement Ceremony, Office of Sustainability – October 7, 2019

Green Event Gold Certified SealEarth Day Conference, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies – April 22, 2019

    • Zero Waste: 98% of waste diverted from landfill

Discovery Expo, Wisconsin Science Festival – October 17-20, 2019

Wellness Symposium, Office of Human Resources – October 23, 2019

    • 88% of waste diverted from landfill, increased from 67% from last year

Networking Event, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies – October 24, 2019

Green Event Silver Certified SealGreat World Texts, Center for the Humanities – April 8, 2019

Office Professionals Conference, Office of Human Resources – April 24, 2019

UW-Madison Advising Conference, Office of Undergraduate Advising – February 26, 2020

Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds: Land, Water, Food; The Center for Culture, History, and Environment – March 6-8, 2020

Green Event Bronze Certified SealBoard of Visitors Meeting, Global Health Institute – October 10, 2019


Earth Day Conference, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies – April 22, 2018

    • Zero Waste: 96% of waste diverted from landfill

Wellness Symposium, Office of Human Resources – October 23, 2018

Badger Volunteers Semester Celebration, Morgridge Center – December 12, 2018