Green Events Certification

Host an event that leaves a positive impact

From small departmental meetings to large-scale campus and community gatherings, IU Indianapolis hosts hundreds of events throughout the year. Though seemingly harmless, events can have substantial social and environmental impacts that extend far beyond our campus community. By implementing sustainable practices at these events, no matter the size, you can help reduce our waste, conserve resources, and set an example across campus.

IU Indianapolis Sustainability is proud to launch a new initiative to help event organizers plan on-campus events and meetings that will reduce our collective carbon footprint. The following green events and catering guides are intended to assist students, faculty, staff, and even community members, in employing sustainable practices at their next meeting or event. 

IU Indianapolis Green Events Certification Program

The Green Event Certification was created to recognize the voluntary efforts of event and meeting organizers in minimizing the environmental impact generated by events of all sizes. If you have adopted sustainable practices in planning your event, this certification will help you demonstrate your organization's investment and commitment to sustainability.

You can reach certification in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Incorporate Sustainability

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Application

Step 3: Promote your Achievement

Step 1: Incorporate Sustainability

Early on in the planning process, review the Green Event and Catering Guide to identify every sustainable practice that can be incorporated. Carefully review the certification application to ensure that you are meeting all required actions and at least the minimum required actions for each planning category to guarantee your event will be eligible for certification. 

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Application

Download the PDF application to view instructions and requirements, then decide which sustainable practices your event has met or will be meeting. Once you're ready, fill out and submit the form below to apply for certification at least one week prior to your event. 

Step 3: Promote your Achievement

Let folks know about your achievement! Add the IU Indianapolis Sustainable Events seal to your marketing materials and share the efforts you are making with your attendees. It is a great way of demonstrating your organization's commitment to sustainability and promoting the use of sustainable practices across campus. 

Certified Green Events
January 27, 2023January SocialInternational Student Mentoring Program
February 8, 2023CFS Employee PicnicIU Indianapolis Campus Facilities Services
February 14, 2023International FestivalOffice of International Affairs
February 17, 2023Indiana Sustainability and Resilience ConferenceEnvironmental Resilience Institute at IU
March 20, 2023Food and Climate Change: Lunch & LearnOIA Green Team
March 24, 2023Spring Social TimeInternational Peer Mentoring Program

February 2022 - International Festival, Office of International Affairs

April 2022 - ICMH Annual Retreat

May 2022 - Library Org Day, University Library

June 2022 - IMPRS T35 Summer Program, Medicine-Pulm

July 2022 - Annual Staff Council Retreat, IU Indianapolis Staff Council

August 2022 - ICMH Weekly Journal Club

August 2022 - PULM Research Refresh, PULM Division

September 2022 - September Social, International Peer Mentoring Program

September 2022 - MMGE Department Symposium, IN-MMGE

September 2022 - IPMP Kickoff Award Ceremony, International Peer Mentoring Program

October 2022 - USG Leadership Conference, Undergraduate Student Government

October 2022 - IU Pediatric/Adult Pulmonary and Pulm/CCM Research and Scholarship Day, Dept. of Medicine Pulmonary Division

October 2022 - Greening IU Indianapolis: Taking Action for Sustainable Travel, Office of International Affairs

October 2022 - OIA Staff Retreat, Office of International Affairs

October 2022 - Halloween Social, International Peer Mentoring Program

October 2021 - OIA Staff Retreat, Office of International Affairs

December 2021 - IU Indianapolis Registrar Annual Training, IU Indianapolis Registrar

December 2021 - Sustainability Holiday Party, IU Indianapolis Sustainability

January 2020 - Library Org Week, University Library

February 2020 - Turn Down for Wining Watts, IU Indianapolis Sustainability