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From small departmental meetings to large-scale campus community gatherings, Stanford hosts hundreds of events throughout the year. Implementing green practices at these events, no matter the size, can help reduce our waste, conserve resources, and set an example across campus by engaging the community in Stanford's commitment to sustainability.

The Office of Sustainability invites all event planners to participate in the campus’ green events program. Online resources and staff support offer information and recommendations on everything from food choices and catering to zero waste strategies, communication, transportation, and post-event considerations at Stanford. Whether you're hosting a 10-person lunch or a 1,000-person conference, there are opportunities to choose sustainable options and practices.

Learn more about what you can do to help reduce waste, conserve resources, and make your event Cardinal Green.

Step 1: Request Office of Sustainability Support

Improve the sustainability of your event and gain recognition for your leadership through the Cardinal Green Event program. Office of Sustainability provides free consultation to campus departments planning large and small events. Connect here

Step 2: Complete the Cardinal Green Baseline Event Assessment

Complete the Cardinal Green Event Baseline Survey to determine your green event baseline and receive a customized list of cost-neutral sustainabiltity opportunities for your upcoming event.   

Cardinal Green Baseline Event Assessment

Step 3: Plan Your Event Using Program Resources

Cardinal Green Event Checklist

The Cardinal Green Events checklist can help you identify the best steps to take to make your more sustainable.  Find more detail on each of the recommended steps in our Cardinal Green Event Guidelines.

Cardinal Green Events Checklist - PDF

Cardinal Green Event Guidelines

This guideline provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for green events at Stanford. This resource supports the planning and execution of more environmentally sustainable events with the help of a master checklist for all event organizers.

Green Event Guidelines - PDF

Cardinal Green Event Resource Library

The Cardinal Green Event Resource Library houses best practices from green event planners across campus.  This regularly updated resource offers sustainable vendors, ready-to-print signage, and sustainable product information.

Cardinal Green Event Library

Step 4: Gain Recognition for Your Efforts

Program participants receive recognition for their sustainability leadership through Office of Sustainability's communication networks.  Participate in the program again to increase your level of participation and gain additional recognition.  

Congratulations to the following Cardinal Green Event program participants for earning a participation score of 50% or higher!

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
  • Bechtel International Center
  • BeWell @ Stanford
  • Cardinal @ Work
  • Diversity and Access Office
  • Earth Systems Program
  • Investment Responsibility Stakeholder Relations
  • Land, Buildings, and Real Estate
  • O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm
  • Office of Religious Life
  • Office of Special Events & Protocol
  • Political Science Department
  • Residential & Dining Enterprises
  • School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences
  • Stanford Concert Network
  • Students for a Sustainable Stanford
  • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Women's Community Center