Green Your Event

Strategies to Green your Campus Event

What we buy and how we dispose of it has profound implications for people and ecosystems locally and globally. One key action area in Princeton University’s Sustainability Action Plan is aimed at reducing waste and expanding sustainable purchasing. By following these Sustainable Event Guidelines, you will not only be helping to achieve campus sustainability goals, your choices can benefit the larger community and ecosystem. 

There are a number of ways to green your event. Steps you can take include serving sustainable food, using eco-friendly or reusable tableware, encouraging recycling and composting, reducing waste, promoting sustainable transportation, and educating your audience.

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  • Student Sustainable Events Pledge - Take the pledge to make your group's events this semester as sustainable as possible! You can also request a one-on-one consultation with an EcoRep expert on how to make your events more sustainable. The Greening Events EcoReps Team is available to provide resources and support for all events, large and small. 

  • Contact the Office of Sustainability to hire EcoReps to support recycling and waste reduction at your event (contact Kitty Helm
  • Princeton’s Recycling Guidelines and Zero Waste Guide

  • Campus Spaces for Low-to-Zero Waste Events 

    • Kitchen spaces with sinks, dishwashers and/or reusable plates/utensils, such as Campus Club, McGraw Center, Third floor of the Julis Romo Rabinowitz (JRR) Center, Dod Basement, 1903 Basement

    • Know a space on campus with a kitchen or dishwasher? Email [email protected] to add it to this list.

  • To subscribe to the Free Food listserv, send a blank email message to [email protected]. You will then receive a generated email from the mailing list service, asking you to click a link to confirm your subscription.

    • Note: food should only be kept out for 4 hours per state health code.

  • Post Landfill Action Network’s (PLAN)  SWAG Hierarchy graphic

  • Post-Event Form - We want to publicize the sustainable events you’ve held on campus! Fill out our Post-Event Form to provide us with information on how your event went and we will share on our website, newsletter and social media.

These guidelines have been developed with input from Princeton EcoReps, and students, faculty and staff from across the campus community.

Last updated: June 2022