Green Spaces Certification for Events


The Green Spaces Certification Program helps event planners adopt sustainable practices and earn recognition for their efforts.

Any event or conference at the University of Alberta can be Green Spaces certified. Organizers commit to completing sustainable actions during the course of the course of the event and attendees are encouraged to take personal actions that will help reduce the overall impact of the event.

What are some actions you can take? Actions include anything from collecting organic waste at lunch, providing tap water to speakers, or choosing a venue close to public transit. These ideas and others are highlighted in the application.

How do I get started?

  1. Learn what sustainable actions you can adopt—and might already be practising—by browsing the application.
  2. Take action by completing and submitting the application. Detailed instructions are on the form.
  3. Earn recognition for your efforts. The Office of Sustainability will verify your application and award you Green Spaces Bronze, Silver or Gold certification.

You may be surprised to find that you are only a few actions away from achieving certification. Receiving a certificate and proudly displaying the Green Events banner can be a great jumping off point for engaging others in conversations about sustainability, modelling sustainable practices and inspiring others.  

Making a difference

Thousands of events take place at the University of Alberta every year. Countless meals are served, conference programs printed and guests travel great distances to share their knowledge. By taking the initiative to host a Green Event, you create the opportunity to introduce guests to environmentally-friendly practices and you actively support the university’s Sustainability Commitment. Your event can lead the way to a better way of doing business in universities around the world.

Start today! Take it to the next level with Green Spaces.


How will I be recognized?

Bronze, silver and gold certification.

Your event planning team will receive an official certificate made from repurposed materials that recognizes your Bronze, Silver or Gold ranking. You will also have the chance to borrow a Green Events banner to publicize your efforts during the event.

The Office of Sustainability will help publicize your achievement on social media and exceptional efforts may be featured in campus publications like Faces of Sustainability.

Certified Events

Browse the full listing of certified spaces.

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