• Request proper recycling and/or compost bins from your campus Facilities Office (contact list here
  • Communicate proper JHU recycling guidelines using detailed signage including these table tents
  • Bring reusable bins and bags to transport event supplies

Planning a Giveaway?

Minimize event consumption and waste from the start! Be thoughtful about giveaways and review PLAN’s (Post Action Landfill Network) Hierarchical Ethical Guide to Swag to make more sustainable choices.

Décor & Energy 

  • Use recyclable or reusable decorations 
  • Consider using natural décor, such as plants or floral centerpieces  
  • When possible, omit dates and location from banners and other event materials, so they can be reused  
  • Limit use of balloons  
  • Provide reusable name tags and collect them at the end of the event  
  • Shut off A/V and lighting when not in use

Good Weather?

Host an event outside and enjoy the bright green spaces on campus.

Planning & Hosting

  • Create event signage on recovered and reusable materials like cardboard or old vinyl banners 
  • Save leftover signage for future zero waste events  

Digital Marketing

Utilize JHU’s digital marketing tools such as Today’s Announcements, Hub Event Page, OrcaTV, and sustainability listserv to avoid generating paper waste and gain better exposure for your events and communications!


  • Require registration to get an accurate headcount and prevent over-ordering  
  • Encourage attendees to “BYOE” (Bring Your Own Everything) including plates, utensils, glassware, and cloth napkins 
  • Order food that does not require utensils (sandwiches, pizza, etc.)

Green Caterers

Review our Preferred Green Caterer List for vendors that offer vegetarian options, provide compostable service ware at no extra cost, and offer bulk beverages.

Making a purchase for your event?

Visit our Purchase Responsibly page for more ways you can make sustainable choices for your event.