Sustainable Event Program
Designed for events large and small, the Sustainable Event Program supports low-impact event planning at Cornell. Improve your event sustainability with our guide to a sustainable event, local catering list, and certification program for completing steps in food, waste, purchasing, accessibility, and more.
Purpose of this Program
Cornell University hosts over 10,000+ events annually, making event planners crucial to our campus sustainability efforts. With simple changes to how we host events, together we can have a large collective impact on improving purchasing, reducing waste, and demonstrating our culture of sustainability to visitors and our community. Check out previously certified events to see who is making an impact at Cornell by hosting smarter, sustainable events!
Sustainable Event Certification
Certification is easy. Fill out a short form before your event to receive certification as a Sustainable Event (5+ actions) or Platinum Sustainable Event (10+ actions). Single or recurring events of any size can be certified.
By completing the certification process, you are helping to integrate sustainability into business practices, capture what actions are taken across campus, share best practices among event planners, and address on-going issues event planners are facing. Thank you for participating!
How to Certify
Check out the Sustainable Event Checklist to identify ways to make your next event more sustainable
Before hosting your event, self-certify using the Sustainable Event Certification form, where you will commit to taking 5 or more actions
Add a certification logo to your marketing materials
After hosting your event, complete the quick debrief survey to report what actions you took and offer recommendations to other event planners
Key Sustainable Event Resources
Sustainable Event Checklist
This checklist is the one-stop shop to understand how to make your event more sustainable. It's also the basis for certification.
Sustainable Catering & Vendor List
Browse a list of local sustainable food and catering providers, with details provided by vendors about organic, local, vegetarian food options, sustainable service ware, and more.
After becoming certified, use these logos to advertise your event's certification on your marketing materials.
30 Minute Event Consultation
Still feeling confused? Request a 30-minute consultation with the Campus Sustainability Office. We'll help you plan and submit your event certification.