By Katie Zeller
Now that Dance Marathon is behind us, the Zero Waste Pauley team is dancing their way through Spring quarter. At Dance Marathon we saw the difference effective signage made in conjunction with the type of materials on which food was being served, and realized that holding zero waste events are well within reach. With the ultimate goal of being zero waste still ahead, we plan to move forward and apply what we observed and learned to all events held in UCLA Recreation space.
Zero Waste Pauley ART plans to formulate a Green Events Guideline for UCLA Recreation, specifying sustainability conditions that must be met in order to rent space owned by UCLA Recreation. We plan on modeling the current guideline put forth by the UCLA Sustainability Events Subcommittee. Currently, in order to be a Certified UCLA Green Event, participants must complete an online quiz to determine whether or not they qualify for certification. Our team wants to revamp this system and make it more stringent. We want potential clients to abide by a certain number of parameters in order to use any space owned by UCLA Recreation. We plan on requiring proof and holding potential clients accountable for their responses to our questionnaire. Our team is currently hard at work formulating the perfect guideline that is both effective yet accessible. Our starting point is the UCLA Green Event Certification.
UCLA Events provides a great framework for us to work with. They provide suggestions for before, during and after each event. Suggestions include using double-sided or scrap paper for organizational materials, recycled paper for hand-outs or memos, focusing on electronic communication, formulating a recycling/waste plan, and reusing items leftover at the end of the event. Their certification process includes decor, lighting, materials, waste, food and beverages, and transportation. We want to make our guideline more specific. For example, for food and beverage, one of our major focuses for this guideline, we plan on providing a list of green caterers for clients to help them choose options that would work with our goal of being zero waste. We are still in the beginning stages of the planning process, but this guideline could potentially be used as an example for the rest of the campus, providing specific qualifications to use space at UCLA, further establishing and solidifying our commitment to a sustainable future.