Green Events

Green Events is a special category that tracks waste related to events that take place within one day. Required waste tracking includes landfill trash, recycling (cans, bottles, paper & cardboard), and food organics generated during the event. Results will be presented at the end of the overall competition in April.

Each campus will choose the type of event:

  • Coffee break
  • Workshop
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Speaker series
  • Training
  • Conference
  • Dance or concert
  • Sporting event (not including Basketball)
  • Other (provide detail in reporting survey in ReTrac)

 Campuses will choose an attendance range:

  • Under 50
  • Under 100
  • Under 500
  • Under 1000
  • More than 1000

Reporting Period

Event must take place in one day within the competition timeframe, including pre-season weeks; reference the competition calendar for specific competition dates. If campuses are hosting a multi-day event, they can choose one portion of the event (workshop, dinner, etc.) to report on. Reporting for this category in ReTRAC is due by the final reporting deadline.

Recognition

Two ranked categories:

  • Per Capita: Report your cans/bottles/paper, cardboard recycling from event
    Note: Campuses will be required to submit supporting documentation for event attendance; in addition to documentation for recyclables.
  • Diversion: Report trash, food organics (food donated, used as biofuels or composted), recyclables from event)
    Note: Campuses will be required to submit supporting documentation for waste streams.

Additionally, each campus that participates in this category will earn points for the following activities and practices:

  • Engaged your on campus and off campus vendors in planning your event and shared your goals to minimize waste – 10 points
  • Used reusable dishware and products, etc. – 10 points
  • Implemented food waste minimization practices in back-of-house preparation – 10 points
  • Suitable food waste (back of house or front of house) was donated to people or animals – 7 points
  • Audience was engaged in zero waste practices (i.e., bring your own reusable drinkware) – 7 points
  • Placed recycling/compost bins side by side near trash receptacles, and clear signage was visible with directions on where to place waste – 5 points
  • Promoted waste minimization and zero waste features of the event – 5 points
  • No swag (giveaways) was distributed to event participants – 5 points

Total Possible Points = 59

Winners will be awarded for Diversion and Per Capita Recycling in each attendance range:

  • Under 50
  • Under 100
  • Under 500
  • Under 1000
  • More than 1000

Ranking:

To determine winners, the activity points will be added to the top ranked campuses for each attendance category.

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