Sustainable Event Certification

A sustainable event certification offers campus event planners the opportunity to be recognized for sustainable event planning.

Criteria for certification includes the following categories: food, waste, purchasing, education, marketing, transportation, energy and water, service, innovation. The certification levels allow for recognition across many areas and regardless of event type (see scoring explanation). Certification Levels available:

  • Contributor (25% – 49% of total survey points)
  • Steward (50% – 74% of total survey points)
  • Champion (75% or more of total points)
Certification step 1 – Incorporate sustainability

Use the resources below to integrate sustainability before, during and after your event. The online certification form uses a point-based system to evaluate the event based on your incorporation of the following sustainability practices.

Certification step 2 – Submit certification

Complete the online form to obtain your sustainability score and certification.

Certification step 3 – Promote Your achievement

Be sure to use the certification as a way to promote your event, including displaying your Sustainable Event Certificate at the event and include it in press releases and/or media talking points. Questions: sustainability@ncsu.edu

Event NameSponsoring OrganizationCertification Level
CALS TailgateCollege of Agriculture and Life SciencesSteward
EMFS Regional SeminarCenter for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
ASPIRE Farewell Dinner and Research SymposiumCenter for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
CEFS Organic Commodities Field DayCenter for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
ASPIRE Internship Welcome Dinner, 5/24/2021College of Agriculture and Life SciencesSteward
CEFS Intern Orientation, 5/24/2021Center for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
CEFS Farm to School Racial Equity Training, 4/8/2020 Center for Environmental Farming Systems Champion
Celebration of NC State Sustainability, 4/1/2020Sustainability CouncilSteward
CEFS Facilitation Virtual Training, 3/26/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsSteward
CEFS Facilitation Training with Community Food Strategies, 4/14/2020 Center for Environmental Farming Systems Champion
CEFS Farm to Fork Charlotte, 10/4/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Summer Board Meeting 2, 5/5/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Healthy Eating and Healthy Growing, 8/12/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Creative Ways to Protect Your Vegetables, 7/15/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Farm to ECE Learning Session 2, 5/12/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Beekeeping Workshop, 4/22/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Agrability Training Workshop, 4/21/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
All CEFS Meeting, 4/3/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
2020 WRRI Annual Conference, 3/18/2020 – 3/19/2020Water Resources Research InstituteSteward
Private Farm Tour of Cherry Research Farm, 3/12/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsSteward
Wellness Fair, 2/19/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Earth Day on Centennial Campus, 4/22/2020Centennial Campus and Sustainability OfficeContributor
Agriculture Awareness Week, 3/22/ 2020 – 3/28/2020Alpha ZetaChampion
NCLFC Q1 Board Meeting, 2/4/2020NC Local Food CouncilSteward
NHC Game Night, 1/24/2020North Hall CenterContributor
CEFS’ Holiday Party, 1/24/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
NC Local Food Council Executive Retreat 2020, 1/21/2020NC Local Food CouncilSteward
Crochet For Days, 1/31/2020North Hall CouncilContributor
Farm to Early Care and Education 2020 Collaborative Kickoff, 1/28/20Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Community Food Strategies Winter Retreat 2020, 1/15/2020Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Board Meeting, 1/30/20Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS’ Farm to Fork Picnic, 6/7/20Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS’ High Tunnel Workshop, 1/14/20-1/15/20Center for Environmental Farming SystemsSteward
2019 NC Coastal Conference, 11/19/19-11/20/19NC Sea GrantSteward
NCLFC Q4 Meeting, 11/20/19NC Local Food CouncilChampion
Libraries All Staff Meeting, 10/11/19NC State University LibrariesContributor
NC Food Council Gathering, 12/5/19-12/6/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Farm to Fork Charlotte 2019, 10/6/19 Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Farm to School Summit, 9/27/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Zamorano, 9/27/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Board Meeting, 9/9/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Innovation Lab, 9/3/19 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contributor
CEFS Fellows Cookout 2019, 8/27/19 Agroecology Education Farm Champion
CEFS Facilitation Workshop, 8/6/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CommFoodStrat Mid-year Retreat, 7/16/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Carolina Meat Conference, 10/6/19/10/7/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Leadership and Civic Engagement Open House, 8/20/19Leadership and Civic EngagementChampion
North Carolina Local Food Council 3rd Board Meeting 2019, 8/21/19North Carolina Local Food CouncilChampion
Silvopasture Field Day, 7/25/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Community Food Strategies Facilitation Training East, 6/27/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
ACC Sports Sustainability Conference, 6/2/19 – 6/4/19NC State Athletics and University Sustainability OfficeChampion
CEFS Board Meeting, 6/4/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
RecFest, 8/18/19Wellness and RecreationSteward
Live. Explore. Restore. An IRC Sustainability Event, 3/30/19Inter-Residence CouncilSteward
North Carolina Local Food Council Meeting, 5/15/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Rural Faith Communities as Anchor Institutions Conference, 5/14/19-5/15/19Institute for Emerging IssuesSteward
Organic Commodities Field Day, 7/22/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsContributor
Farm Feast, 4/11/19NC State DiningChampion
Eastern Land Summit, 4/5/19CEFS/NC State Ag Economics DepartmentSteward
SailPack Oriental Intercollegiate Regatta, 4/13/19-4/14/19NC State SailingSteward
Rural Works Intern Orientation, 4/27/19Rural Works! (DASA)Contributor
Farm to Fork Sustainable Agriculture Lecture, 9/5/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Small Farm Unit Intro to Beekeeping Workshop, 5/14/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
SARE Fellows Tour of North Carolina, 6/10/19-6/14/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Mac and Keys, 3/21/19Kappa Kappa GammaChampion
2019 WRRI Annual Conference, 3/21/19-3/22/19WRRISteward
Environmental Justice Symposium, 4/20/19NC State StewardsContributor
Exploring Mental Health Experiences in the APIDA Community, 4/1/19Mental Health AmbassadorsSteward
CVM Open House, 3/30/19College of Veterinary MedicineContributor
Engineering Town Hall, 3/19/19Student GovernmentContributor
Racial Climate Town Hall, 3/6/19Student GovernmentSteward
Grad Issues Town Hall, 3/4/19Student GovernmentContributor
Student Fees Town Hall, 1/22/19Student GovernmentContributor
CEFS Financial Analysis and Budget Planning for Small Farmers Workshop, 3/20/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Triangle Farm To Fork, 6/2/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Farm Tour, 5/24/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Meeting, 4/10/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Blueberry Pruning Workshop, 2/13/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Electric Vehicle Show, 4/22/19Centennial Campus, Sustainability and NC Clean Energy Technology CenterContributor
Operation:Wellness, 1/9/19Student GovernmentSteward
19th Annual AEES Meeting, 6/4/19-6/6/19Biological & Agricultural EngineeringSteward
Sustainability Connections, 1/9/19Student GovernmentSteward
CEFS Board Meeting, 1/10/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Farm to Early Care and Education Collaborative Kickoff, 1/29/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Community Food Strategies Regional Gathering, 2/1/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Level I Racial Equity Training, 2/5/19-2/6/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Farm to Early Childcare and Education Learning Session I, 2/26/19 and 2/28/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Racial Equity Training, 4/2/19 and 4/11/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Farm to Early Childcare and Education Learning Session II, 5/14/19 and 5/16/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
CEFS Farm to Early Childcare and Education, 10/10/19Center for Environmental Farming SystemsChampion
Celebration of NC State Sustainability, 4/3/19Sustainability CouncilSteward
Earth Fair, 4/22/19University Sustainability OfficeChampion
Make-a-thon, 2/1-3/19Make-a-thon Planning CommitteeSteward
Cocoa and Convo, 1/14/19Student GovernmentContributor