Pancake Tailgate wins green certification

Author: Rachel Novick


On Saturday September 1st, Keough and Welsh Fam celebrated the Notre Dame victory in sustainable style with a hugely successful Pancake Tailgate. About 300 students devoured over 1,000 pancakes in the Keough 24 Hour Lounge while watching the game and hanging out.

The men of Keough, some of whom got up at 6am to start flipping, devoted their attention not only to making delicious pancakes but also to greening their event. As a result, the Pancake Tailgate was the first dorm event on campus to achieve Green Event Certification.

“We had four recycling bins and one trash can, with posters hung above them explaining what can and can’t be recycled,” said Matthew Cunningham, Keough Hall President. “We also encouraged everyone who attended to bring their own utensils and cups/water bottles. The checklist was really easy and it was a great way to do something good for the campus.”

img_0632 Kelly Huffman shows off her reusable cup.

The Pancake Tailgate also received points on the Green Event Certification checklist for having an all-vegetarian event, using smaller-than-dinner sized plates to reduce food waste, and making sure any give-aways were sustainable in nature. (The give-aways were reusable water bottles from Einstein’s Bagels.)

Faculty, staff, and students who are hosting or planning events can get their event Green Certified by filling out this checklist. Questions can be directed to