5 Ways to Have a Green Event

Limiting the impact a large gathering has on the environment can be a daunting task. From the building you meet in to the food you serve, here are some tips for practicing sustainability at your next event.

5. Meet in a Platinum LEED Certified Building

Consider the building you’re meeting in. Is it energy-efficient? Is it made from recycled materials? At the Payne Native American Center, which received the highest LEED Certification available, the answer is yes. When a tree too near the foundation needed to be removed, it was milled locally and used to make the wood floors. From the compressed sunflower seeds in the walls to the beams salvaged from the Blackfoot River, this building is a marvel of sustainability.

4. Serve a Meal with 100% Locally Sourced Food

When you’re in Montana, eat food that comes from Montana. Along with using ingredients from a garden on campus, chefs at UM Catering also work through The Farm to College directly with farmers, ranchers, and local businesses to bring locally sourced food to your event, including beef from Yellowstone and produce from the Western Montana Farmers Co-op.

3. Recycle

It’s undeniable that any large group gathering is going to produce waste. If you have your event at UM, you can trust that your garbage isn’t just going straight to the landfill. Coffee grounds are used as compost; cooking oil is recycled into biofuel. 

2. Meet in a Solar Powered Building

A gathering of any kind, especially if you are taking advantage of UM’s state-of-the-art technology, is going to use up a lot of energy. The SELL Conference Center is partially powered by solar panels, meaning some of that power you’re using is coming from a renewable resource.

1. Use Alternative Transportation

Campus is a great place to meet if you want to reduce your carbon footprint. First of all, location: UM is walk-able from most downtown hotels, meaning you can leave your car behind at hit the Kim Williams Nature Trail. If you want a ride, jump on the Mountain Line Bus, which is free and stops by campus every fifteen minutes.