Make Your Event Sustainable

Hosting green events is a great way for you to advance sustainability on campus. Little behavioral changes can add up to a big environmental impact!

Visit USC Facilities Planning and Management’s Events Planning page for permits, checklists, and step-by-step instructions for hosting an event.

To reduce your carbon foot print, reduce the amount of meat you serve and/or consider serving a vegetarian menu.

Stop waste before it starts. Consider not giving away swag.

Go digital by sending invitations through email lists and social networking sites. Don’t print your materials. Use computers for presenting.

Reduce single occupancy car trips and use Traveler to find alternative transportation options.

A day or two before your event, connect with local organizations such as St. Francis or the Trojan Food Pantry to set up leftover food donations.

Food leftovers end up in landfill, so be mindful of portion control. USC has eliminated single-use plastic beverage bottles from campus. Use hydration stations, water coolers/dispensers, and water fountains instead.

Work with vendors who supply reusable service ware such as plates, glasses, cutlery, stir sticks, platters, and serving materials.

Provide composting bins and contact FPM a day prior to the event to schedule compost pickup post-event. Assign volunteers to help guests recycle and compost properly.

FPM can provide waste bins with “landfill” and “recycling” signage. Check out for more waste sorting instructions and signage. Place waste diversion bins in high-traffic areas during the event, including set-up and breakdown. Make sure recycling items are clean and dry so they don’t contaminate the recycling bins.