Green Your Event

The goal of a Green Event is to make the most climate-friendly choices among your options. Using our Guide to Green Events, developed in partnership with Sustainable Brandeis, Conference and Events Services, Sodexo, the Staff Action Team on Climate Change, and Facilities Services, you can now streamline the process of greening your event. 


Compostable table ware in catering

As of January 2019, Brandeis Catering Services will be providing all-compostable table ware with events, instead of the previously used disposable, non-recyclable, #6 plastic table ware. Events will also be supplied with compost bins. This will occur at no extra charge to the customer.

The goal is for every event to then need only one bin for waste - the compost bin.

Information sessions about this new program, and about new campus recycling updates, will be held in January and February 2019.

Green Menu

The Sodexo Green Menu is comprised of environmentally conscious selections and focus on reducing waste in our catering services and reducing the carbon footprint of our menu.

For each event ordered from the Green Menu, we will provide a “green bag" for your guests to dispose of all food waste. Sodexo's team of catering professionals will then pick up the green bags and return them to our composting facilities.

Food choices

Whether ordering from the Green Menu or not, the greatest climate impact of most events is via the food that is ordered. To reduce your impact, follow these steps:

  • Follow the menu guidelines in the Green Events Guide
    • Choose a vegetarian or vegan menu
    • If serving meat, choose poultry over beef
    • Opt for finger foods to reduce the need for disposable utensils & dishware
    • Discuss portion sizes and number of servings with caterer to reduce the amount of leftover food
    • Swap individually bottled beverages for beverages that come in larger quantities
  • Post leftover food on the Brandeis Free Food Facebook Group. Discard any food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours—1 hour if the temperature was above 90 °F.