Conservation Matters: Green Wedding Tips from the University of Idaho Sustainability Center

Monday, February 23 2009

Feb. 23, 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho – Wedding season is approaching quickly and there are a surprising number of resources that allow you to have as little environmental impact as possible while planning your special day. The University of Idaho Sustainability Center offers these green wedding planning tips:
  • Consider purchasing wooden rings, or rings made from recycled metals and featuring fairly traded gems.
  • Buy recycled or non-paper invitations.
  • Purchase wedding attire for the entire party made of eco-friendly fabrics, such as silk or hemp.
  • Consider the location of your wedding. If it’s indoor, how willing is the group you are renting from to help keep the impact low? And if it’s outdoor, make sure to leave no trace of your event behind.
  • Serve local and organic food and drinks.
  • Buy locally grown, organic flowers.
  • Keep a digital photo album of the wedding; only print the pictures you really want to keep.
  • Register for gifts that are eco-friendly, or on Web sites or with stores that only sell such items.
  • For your honeymoon, take an eco-friendly vacation by calling an eco-travel agent or by volunteering while away.
As increasing environmental awareness drives interest in sustainable practices, the University of Idaho continues to seek sustainable initiatives to meet the current and future needs of society and to contribute to the quality of life and the natural resources in Idaho, the nation and the world. For more information about the university’s sustainability efforts, contact the University of Idaho Sustainability Center at or visit
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit