What are Green Events?
The Green Events catering program is a new sustainability initiative on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The program recognizes and encourages customers to take extra steps in planning sustainable events by rewarding them with points. The point system allows customers to earn prizes such as percentages off their next green event or product giveaways.
Sodexo has identified a set of conditions and actions – some optional and some required – that can be followed in order for an event to be certified and the host to receive a set number of reward points. Click here to view the complete Green Events Checklist.
The certification process is designed to provide resources, guidance, and recognition to clients as they take steps in decreasing their carbon footprint. To certify your Green Event click here.
Here are some options to consider when planning your Green Event:
--Ask for seasonal, local, and organic foods to be served at your event.
--Offer vegetarian options or go meatless! This reduces food mileage as well as cost.
--Ask for Fair-Trade, Equal Exchange, or Shade Grown coffee.
--Use reusable dishware of compostable materials to divert waste.
--When advertising your event, encourage your attendees to walk, bike, use public transit, or carpool to your event.
--Encourage teleconference calls to reduce plane travel.
--Host your event during a time that utilizes natural daylight.
--Choose a location that properly accommodates the number of your attendees. This reduces heating and cooling energy consumption.
--Offer recycling and composting receptacles for waste.
--Go Paperless! From invitations to meeting agendas, using electronic materials will greatly reduce your carbon footprint and expenses.
Why host a Green Event?
Hosting a Green Event lessens your environmental impact, educates others, and supports several IUB student-run programs.
Green Events create less environment impact and can greatly curb carbon emissions, waste, and cost. Green Events benefit the local community by promoting purchase of local food and reusable supplies. By purchasing fewer supplies--such as less paper products--Green Events can also save you money!
The multitude of events held on campus each year provide many opportunities to inform visitors, students, and faculty of their personal responsibility in making environmentally conscientious choices while also reducing environmental impacts and helping IU reach it’s sustainability goals. By hosting a green event, you are helping to educate your guests on the importance of living sustainably.
Green Events support student-run clubs and programs. Sodexo works in partnership with the IUB campus Hilltop Garden. The collaboration allows Sodexo to support student-driven initiatives while also incorporating local produce into catering events. Sodexo also employes IUB students through internship opportunities through the Office of Sustainability. The employment allows students to strengthen their resume while working and learning from Sodexo employees.