Sustainable Events Checklist & Certification
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In a program developed jointly by the Office of Sustainability, Emory Recycles and University Events, Emory University has recently launched a sustainable events certification program that is designed to guide event planners and organizers in creating an event that supports Emory's sustainability vision by reducing environmental and social impacts and, in many cases, reducing costs. The sustainable events certification guidelines outline best practices, but they are not a comprehensive list; event planners are encouraged to be creative and go beyond these guidelines when possible.

There are three tiers of sustainable events: blue, gold and green. If an event organizer is able to check at least two boxes under each category (e.g., event venue, etc.) then they will achieve blue level certification, three items will result in gold certification, and more than three items will give an event green level certification. The travel and guest accommodations category must be included only if applicable.

Sustainable event checklist is available here.

Event organizers can submit their checklists and receive approval to use the sustainable events certification logo on publicity and event materials. They may also borrow sustainable event banners to use at their event promoting their achievement to participants. Certified green events will be highlighted on the Office of Sustainability website, and an annual award will be given to the event planner with the most sustainable events.

Event organizers will submit their checklists to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (emorysustainability@emory.edu) and receive approval to use the Sustainable Events Certification logo on publicity and event materials.

Certified Sustainable Events

  • Goizueta Energy Symposium
  • Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on "Staging our Stories"
  • Black Gold Screening
  • Emory Global Health Institute International Case Competition
  • School Of Nursing Awards and Diploma Ceremony
  • National Public Health Week Picnic
  • Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Break the Cycle Conference

  • Soul Food Cypher with Greeks Go Green
  • Family Weekend Lunch- Oxford College
  • AASHE Leadership Workshop: Sustainability Across the Curriculum
  • Emory Global Health Case Competition-Intramural
  • Sustainable Atlanta Eco-District Meeting
  • Winship Sustainability Fair
  • 7th Annual Nonprofit Networking Night
  • International EGHCC
  • NPHW Picnic
  • Turner Environmental Law Clinic Board Meeting
  • Volunteer Emory & Center for Community Partnerships End of Year Celebration
  • Commencement Brunch
  • School of Medicine Graduation Reception

  • Exterior Services Luncheon
  • Campus Life Holiday Luncheon
  • Board of Trustees November Reception
  • Emory Cares Day
  • Freshman Semi-Formal
  • Green Networking Night
  • Emory Law Transactional Conference
  • School of Medicine Thanksgiving Potluck
  • President's State of the University Address
  • Reception with Janisse Ray
  • WMRE's Spring Band Party
  • Campus Life Luncheon, May
  • Oxford Sustainability Social
  • AASHE Leadership Workshop
  • School of Nursing Commencement
  • School of Medicine Graduation Reception
  • Laney Graduate School Reception
  • Campus Services Picnic
  • Candler Graduate School Reception
  • Physical Therapy Graduation

  • Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Candler Commencement Brunch
  • Clifton Service Celebration
  • Commencement Brunch
  • Cuong Nhu International Training Group
  • Emory Healthcare Vintage Club
  • Environmental Health for Nurses Conference
  • Founders Day
  • Laney Graduate School Brunch
  • Laney Graduate School - Masters' Breakfast
  • Lullwater Open House
  • Medical Imaging Reception
  • Midtown Service Celebration
  • Nursing Awards Ceremony
  • Nursing Diploma Ceremony
  • Office of Undergraduate Education Luncheon
  • Paul Erlich Lecture
  • Physical Therapy Reception
  • Piedmont Project
  • Piedmont TATTO
  • Rollins School of Public Health Commencement
  • School of Law Commencement
  • School of Medicine Commencement Reception
  • Yerkes Field Station Reception
  • Gottschalk Award
  • Campus Life Holiday Luncheon
  • Green Networking Night
  • Future Makers
  • Grady CEO Reception
  • Campus Life Assessment Conference
  • Winship 5K
  • Scientific Supplier Expo
  • Research Matters
  • Campus Services Holiday Part

  • Campus Life Holiday Luncheon
  • Campus Services Holiday Party
  • Emory Vendor Expo
  • European Committee for Standardization Workshop
  • Multicultural Field Day
  • Sustainable Food Fair
  • Unity Month Kickoff
  • Yerkes Field Station Open House

    If you have questions about the program, contact the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at 404-727-9916.

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