University of Wisconsin–Madison

Green Events

Intern volunteers Anna Weinberg, Ally Burg, and Noemy Serrano (L-R) pose near a zero waste station in the exhibitor hall at Monona Terrace. The team helped the Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference achieve zero waste status in 2018.
Intern volunteers Anna Weinberg, Ally Burg, and Noemy Serrano (L-R) pose near a zero waste station in the exhibitor hall at Monona Terrace. The team helped the Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference achieve zero waste status in 2018.

Summary

The Green Events program at the Office of Sustainability works to reduce the environmental impact of events on campus. We work with clients throughout the event planning and execution process, providing guidance for sustainability-related improvements in six major categories: Venue, Decor, 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.

Green Event Certification

An official certification program will be launched in Spring 2019, complete with four levels of certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Leading up to the launch of our certification program, the Green Events team would be happy to work with your event to make your planning and purchasing decisions more sustainable.

Here are several suggestions for planning a green event:

  • Choose a venue that is LEED certified, if there is flexibility with location
  • Offer electronic handouts at event instead of paper copies
  • Promote biking, ridesharing, or using public transportation to get to the event
  • Use reusable dishware and utensils if serving food
  • Source food locally and seasonally wherever possible
  • Create signage for recycling and composting to ensure waste goes into the correct bin

Contact

Please contact the Green Events team with any questions or if you are interested in working together to reduce the environmental impact of your event.