Green Events Program (3.0)

This is an optional Innovation & Leadership (IL) credit. IL credits recognize institutions that are seeking innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and demonstrating sustainability leadership in ways that are not otherwise captured in STARS. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 10 bonus points total.

Credit Language

IL 11: Green Events Program – version 3.0

Questions & Answers

How has this credit changed between STARS Version 2 and Version 3?

Minimal changes. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the STARS 3.0 Summary of changes.

Does a formal certification have to be in place, or can we count green event practices?

A formal certification program that certifies one or more events per year must be in place. Simply referencing efforts to make events greener in the absence of a formal certification program is not sufficient.

Suggestions for Institutions

  • Work with your institution’s student affairs department or similar to determine what green events programs are in place, and/or to consider implementing such programs.

Potential Data Quality Issues

  • To qualify and earn the bonus point, there must be evidence of a green events certification/recognition program.

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