Although the Illini Union Events Program has not achieved 80% sustainability in FY23, the project is on track to reach this metric by FY24 with the implementation of new bylaws.
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- 7.2 Sustainable Events Program
- iCAP 2020: Illinois Climate Action Plan
Key Objective: 7.2 Sustainable Events Program
The iCAP 2020, objective 7.2 is: “The Illini Union and Illini Union Board commit to 80% of their events qualifying as sustainable by FY24.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is Illini Union. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for Sustainable Events Program.
The reach of Illini Union events go beyond the event itself; it is the goal that all attendees will be exposed to sustainability efforts and carry this knowledge to incorporate at their own events, offices, and households. A comprehensive sustainable event guide will be developed and standardized, including actions such as serving local food with meatless options, going paperless, eliminating disposable items, providing reusable giveaways, and communicating the priority of sustainability at the event. For this objective, we may partner with the Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism (RST) to develop and incorporate sustainable practices into a module of the Event Planning course. RST undergraduate and graduate students can work as event consultants for Illini Union Board events.
Objective 7.2 is of the iCAP 2020 is: