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Green Events  

Follow these guidelines for making your next event a green one!
Buying local serves many

Food and Dining

  • Provide organic/local food when possible 
  • Serve smaller portions (allowing people to come back for more, instead of taking too much the first time)
  • Provide plates, cups, and utensils made from recycled material and/or that are biodegradable (avoid Styrofoam)
  • Provide napkins made from 100 percent post-consumer content
  • Encourage the use of reusable mugs or water bottles (no bottled water) 
  • Compost food waste (when possible)

Travel

  • Provide carpooling options (encourage rideshare program)
  • Encourage use of Colgate Cruiser for on-campus travel
  • Encourage participation in voluntary offset of carbon emissions (i.e., Carbonfund.org)

Other

  • Send event invitations through e-mail 
  • Print programs on recycled paper 
  • Utilize environmental-friendly marketing on recycled paper or e-mail
  • Make sure that there are clearly labeled recycling bins present 
  • Optimize natural lighting (open blinds or look for rooms that have good natural lighting)