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Sustainable Events Certification
Incentives for Participation

Emory's Sustainable Events Certification is a program designed to encourage and empower event planners and organizers to create events that support Emory’s sustainability vision by reducing environmental and social impacts and, in many cases, reducing costs. The Sustainable Event Certification program outlines best practices, but event planners are encouraged to be creative and go beyond these guidelines when possible.

Checklist
Click here to complete the Sustainable Events Certification checklist. After completing the checklist, event planners will be contacted by the Office of Sustainability to confirm their event’s level of certification and receive details about obtaining a Certified Sustainable Event banner or graphics to display at the event. Event planners will also receive a certification logo for use on event publicity and materials. If given permission, event will be featured on the Office of Sustainability Initiatives website, weekly newsletter, and social media.

Levels of Certification
There are two levels of Sustainable Event Certification an event may receive:

1) Zero Landfill Waste: Event eliminates all polystyrene (Styrofoam) from the waste stream, provides both recycling and composting bins throughout the event space, and no extra trash cans are ordered for the event. Any pre-existing trash cans are not available for use or are repurposed and clearly labeled as recycling or compost bins.

2) Gold: 75% of all applicable checklist items are achieved including all Zero Landfill Waste credits

Need help?
The Sustainable Events Guidance Document provides tips, hints, and justification for the items within the Sustainable Events Checklist to assist event planners achieve certification. Please reference the Guidance Document if you have questions as you complete the Certification Checklist.

Certified Sustainable Events

2017
  • School of Medicine Match Day - Gold
  • Chilli Cook Off - Gold
  • School of Medicine Student Research Day Lunch - Gold
  • Mission Metrics Review - Gold
  • BPI Scholars - Zero Landfill Waste
  • RHA Super Bowl - Zero Landfill Waste
  • RHA Town Hall - Gold
  • Harlan Cohen's at Harland Cinema - Gold
  • Smash the Standards - Gold
  • Treat Yourself Tuesday - Gold
  • DPhiE ANAD Vigil - Gold
  • DUC Day - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Revitalize Emory's Forest - Gold
  • Harland Cinema Night: Finding Dory - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Wine & Whine - Gold
  • HPM Practicum Networking Event - Gold
  • Chilli Cook Off - GOLD
  • EH Bagel Breakfast - GOLD
  • Eating Animals: Ethics and Innovation - GOLD
  • Chilli Cook Off 2 - GOLD
  • Earth Festival - GOLD
  • DUC Day - GOLD
  • Taste of Emory 2017 - ZLW
  • Greek Life Block Party - ZLW
  • Emotive Arts Series: Disability & Humanities - GOLD
  • Career Expo and Water Symposium - GOLD
  • DAR Spring 2017 Town Hall - ZLW
  • School of Medicine Student Research Day Lunch - GOLD
  • RHA Spring Festival - GOLD
  • Trailblazers - GOLD
  • 2017 Commencement Reception - ZLW
  • Celebratory Lunch for Sustainability Writing Class - GOLD
  • Anthropology Commencement Reception - GOLD
  • EHSO Staff May Meeting - ZLW
  • Emory SON Diploma Ceremony Reception - GOLD
  • Psychology Commencement Reception - GOLD
  • Medical Imaging Program Reception - GOLD
  • DPT Diploma Ceremony - GOLD
  • School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony - GOLD
  • Laney Graduate School Commencement - ZLW
  • Georgia Climate Project - GOLD
  • HERCULES EHSCC Annual Meeting - ZLW
  • Psychology Department Graduation - ZLW
  • Family Medicine Dinner Panel - ZLW
  • M1 Orientation - GOLD
  • 2017 MSP Alumni Symposium - GOLD
  • Welcoming Day of Service - ZLW
  • Eclipse Viewing - ZLW


    2016
  • RHA Study Break- Zero Landfill Waste
  • RHA Winter Banquet - Zero Landfill Waste
  • "FLIPping Mental Health" - Gold
  • CS Holiday Party - Gold
  • OSI Holiday Luncheon – Gold
  • RHA Wonderful Wednesday - Zero Waste Landfill
  • Women's Empowerment Week- Treat Yo Self - Gold
  • International Night - Gold
  • Last Lectue - Zero Waste Landfill
  • DAR Fall Townhall Meeting - Gold
  • Sustainability Case Competition - Gold
  • No Power Hour - Gold
  • Turmilton Fall Festival- Zero Landfill Waste
  • Clairmont Fall Festival - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Raoul Fall Festival - Zero Waste Event
  • DUCtober - Gold Level event
  • Doctoberfest - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Emory Cares International Day of Service - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Emory Athletics Takeoff Event - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Song Fest - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Emory After Dark - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Orientation Leader Retreat- Gold
  • Welcoming Day of Service- Gold
  • M1 Orientation- Gold
  • OISL Kick-off Party- Zero Landfill Waste
  • SOM/OMESA Match Day - Gold
  • Faculty in Residence - Gold
  • Development & Alumni Relations Winter Social - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Emory Global Health Institute Intramural Global Health Case Competition -Gold
  • Few/Evans RHA Festive February - Gold
  • RHA Super Bowl Party - Gold
  • RSPH Environmental Health Department Environmental Health Networking Night - Gold
  • FSAP Healthy New You Expo - Zero Landfill Waste


    2015
  • Office for Undergraduate Education Title IX Training - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Global Health Institute's Emory Global Health Intramural Case Competition - Gold
  • Development & Alumni Relations "Healthy & Sustainable You" - Gold
  • Rollins Environmental Health and Action Committee (REHAC) "La Cosecha" Documentary Screening - Gold
  • Career Center Arts and Entertainment Networking Night - Gold
  • OMESA SOM Match Day - Gold
  • OUE ECAS Faculty Marshals Recognition Breakfast - Gold
  • SPC Taste of Emory - Gold
  • Emory Global Health Institute International Emory Global Health Case Competition - Gold
  • OSI Earth Month Festival - Gold
  • Rollins School of Public Health NPHW Picnic - Gold
  • Rollins Student Government AssociationEnvironmental Health Department Dinner - Gold
  • Campus ServicesWaterHub Dedication - Gold
  • School of Medicine SOM Student Research Day - Gold
  • Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability Break the Cycle 10 Conference - Gold
  • Campus ServicesCommencement Chair Rodeo - Gold
  • Emory Alumni Association Senior Wonderful Wednesday - Gold
  • School of NursingAwards and Pinning Ceremony - Gold
  • Oxford College/Finance and OperationsBaccalaureate Dinner - Gold
  • Oxford College/Finance and Operations Class of 50th Reunion Reception/Dinner - Gold
  • Oxford College/Finance and OperationsCommencement Breakfast - Gold
  • Oxford College/Finance and OperationsOxford Commencement - Gold
  • Oxford College/Finance and OperationsOxford Post-Commencement Reception - Gold
  • Oxford College/Finance and Operations50th Class Reunion Lunch - Gold
  • Goizueta Business School BBA Graduation Celebration & Reception - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Emory Alumni Association Legacy Breakfast and Medallion Ceremony - Gold
  • School of NursingEmory School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony - Gold
  • Psychology Department Commencement Reception - Gold
  • Anthropology Commencement Reception - Gold
  • Environmental Science Commencement Reception - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Affairs to Remember Caterers School of Medicine Commencement Celebration - Gold
  • OUE BBQ - Gold
  • Emory Police Department Campus Services Annual Picnic - Gold
  • Bon Apetit Open House - Gold
  • Development & Alumni Relations Service Project: Serve and Be Served - Gold
  • Oxford College/Operations Oxford College Orientation and Move-in - Zero Landfill Waste
  • ECAS OrientationEmory Expo - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Volunteer EmoryFirst Year Day of Service - Gold
  • Federalist Society Emory Law Chapter General Body Meeting - Gold
  • SPC Homecoming Kick Off - Gold
  • Delta Phi EpsilonEat to Beat Cystic Fibrosis -Gold
  • Oxford College/ Operations Sustainability Visioning Committee Listening Forum - Gold
  • Graduate Student Council General Body Meeting - Gold
  • The Career Center Green Networking Night - Gold
  • Master's in Development Practice 'Climate change and humanitarian aid: local and global stakes in COP21' - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Alpha Phi Omega Sectionals Banquet - Gold
  • Sustainability Case Competition Information Session - Gold
  • Asian Culture Club Bubble Tea Event - Gold
  • People's Climate March Atlanta 2015 - Gold
  • Halloween Wonderful Wednesday - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Lunch and Learn with Clark Capelin - Gold
  • Clairmont Fall Festival - Zero Landfill Waste
  • OSO Thanksgiving Harvest Feast - Gold
  • Campus Service Holiday Party - Gold
  • SCAPE EPA Site Visit - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Green Lab Recycling Luncheon - Gold
  • OSI Holiday Party - Gold
  • DAR Holiday Party - Gold
  • SOM Match Day - Gold


    2014
  • The Office of Undergraduate Education's Annual Holiday Luncheon - Zero
  • The Candler Annual Faculty and Staff Christmas Lunch - Zero
  • Campus Service Holiday Party - Zero
  • "Chasing Ice" Film Screening - Blue
  • Employee Council Town Hall - Blue
  • Culinary Club Farmers Market Trip - Blue
  • Drinks on the Quad - Blue
  • Challah Baking - Blue
  • Purim Party - Blue
  • HSA Holi Show - Blue
  • Easter Event - Blue
  • Snack Fair - Blue
  • Letter Writing to Soldiers - Blue
  • Gun Safety Discussion - Blue
  • Reagan's Birthday Party - Blue
  • The Office of Undergraduate Education's Annual Holiday Luncheon-Gold
  • Volunteer Emory's Dine and Dialogue - Gold
  • Faculty Happy Hour - Gold
  • GSG Student Sustainability Leaders Summit - Gold
  • Emory Cares Day - Gold
  • Emory Global Health Institute International Case Competition - Green
  • Nonprofit Networking Night - Green
  • Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Break the Cycle Conference - Green
  • GHI Intramural Case Competition - Green
  • International Desserts Seminar - Green
  • Culinary Club Spring Picnic - Green
  • Sushi Seminar - Green
  • Candler Graduation Luncheon - Green
  • HD Breakfast - Green
  • Volunteer Room - Green
  • HD Reception - Green
  • Lull water Tour - Green
  • Rollins Commencement Brunch - Green
  • School of Medicine Commencement - Green
  • Asian Casino Night - Green
  • Asian Culture Week - Green
  • Sushi Seminar - Green
  • International Desserts Seminar - Green
  • Springtime Picnic - Green
  • #StubbsSection Event - Green
  • DPsi Mixer - Green
  • DPsi Block Party - Green
  • Clean-Up the Woods - Green
  • Coca-Cola Tennis Party - Green
  • Movie Night & Madelines - Green
  • Chandeleur - Green
  • Coffeehouse - Green
  • Garba - Green
  • Interfaith Gettogether - Green
  • What is Religion? - Green
  • JCF Valentine's Event - Green
  • End of Year Party - Green
  • Charlotte Conference - Green
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Green
  • First Monday with OLE - Green
  • Carnaval! - Green
  • Film Festival - Green
  • St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Green
  • Mental Health Education Lecture - Green
  • Omega Delta's Sweets & Treats Mixer - Green
  • Whitewater Rafting - Green
  • Skydiving - Green
  • Caving - Green
  • Zip lining - Green
  • Ramen Competition - Gold V.1
  • Emory Alumni Panel - Gold V.1
  • Forum/Discussion - Gold V.1
  • The Evolution of Black People - Gold V.1
  • Love & Basketball - Gold V.1
  • The Family Reunion Cookout - Gold V.1
  • Unity in Diversity - Gold V.1
  • Mardi Gras - Gold V.1
  • Easter Egg Decorating - Gold V.1
  • Farmers Market Trip - Gold V.1
  • Where Do You Stand? - Gold V.1
  • Shabbat Dinner - Gold V.1
  • Passover - Gold V.1
  • Kite Flying - Gold V.1
  • Family Group - Gold V.1
  • KPN Tavern Party - Gold V.1
  • KPN Mixer - Gold V.1
  • Women's Symposium - Gold V.1
  • Flag Day - Gold V.1
  • Valentine's Day Candy Grams - Gold V.1
  • Oxapella Spring Concert - Gold V.1
  • Anthropology Welcome Back Luncheon - Gold V.1
  • Black Gold Screening - Gold V.1
  • Emory World Cup and International Festival - Gold V.1
  • Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on
  • "Staging our Stories" - Gold V.1
  • Goizueta Energy Symposium - Gold V.1
  • Graduate Student Group Interest Meeting - Gold V.1
  • National Public Health Week Picnic - Gold V.1
  • Office of Multicultural Programs and Services' Flavors of Emory - Gold V.1
  • Second Nature's Healthy Campus Night - Gold V.1
  • Student Activity and Academic Center Super Bowl Party - Gold V.1
  • Student Sustainability Leaders Summit - Gold V.1
  • Genetic Counseling Commencement - Gold V.1
  • Amnesty Master's Tea - Gold V.1
  • Laney Commencement Brunch - Gold V.1
  • Nursing Awards Ceremony - Gold V.1
  • Nursing Diploma Ceremony - Gold V.1
  • Oxford Baccalaureate Dinner - Gold V.1
  • Oxford Hot & Continental Breakfasts in Dining Hall - Gold V.1
  • Oxford Commencement Ceremony - Gold V.1
  • Oxford Post-Commencement Reception - Gold V.1
  • Oxford Science Building Groundbreaking Ceremony - Gold V.1
  • Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology Science Advisory Committee Meeting - Zero Landfill Waste
  • First Year Semi Formal - Zero Landfill Waste
  • Title IX Training Lunch - Zero Landfill Waste
  • School Of Nursing Awards and Diploma Ceremony - Gold V.1


    2013
  • 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
  • National Public Health Week Picnic
  • Turner Environmental Law Clinic Board Meeting
  • Volunteer Emory & Center for Community Partnerships End of Year Celebration
  • Commencement Brunch
  • School of Medicine Graduation Reception


    2012
  • 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


    2011
  • 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


    2010
  • 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 emorysustainability@emory.edu.

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