Green Event

Congratulations to participants and conference staff! A trash audit at day’s end revealed: less than one pound of trash, a one five-gallon bucket of compostable food and paper waste, and one pound of recyclable paper and cardboard.  That is amazing!

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Green features of the 2017 conference include:food pic

  • Our Purpose
    • Providing best practices and resources for career development and sustainable development
  • Venue
    • MassWildlife headquarters: conference space in their new, nature-friendly, LEED-platinum building
  • Food & Beverage
    • Whole, local and/or organic, delicious, nutritious food and beverage; for example, apples and pears from Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow
  • Food Rescue
    • Unserved food donated to a local shelter
  • Zero Waste
    • Food/paper waste composted
    • Paper/cardboard recycled
  • Dishware & Utensils
    • No disposable plastics or styrofoam
    • Bringing reusable bottles/mugs encouraged
    • Reusable glasses provided as needed
    • Minimal paper products (simple SFI certified plates, napkins) provided, one per person
    • Reduced packaging – sugar and milk are served in bulk containers, and not individual packets.
    • No bottled water; tap water only
    • Food served on reusable trays
  • Linens
    •  Washable table cloths for food tables only
  • Reduced materials/handouts
    • Limiting handouts honors our environmental mission.
    • No presenter handouts – Presentations posted on the website after the conference
    • Exhibitor materials were reusable posters & banners
    • Limited exhibitor handouts, if any, are made from sustainable materials
    • No paper pads, pens, or other freebies distributed
    • Conference guide provided online.  A few one-page, double-sided, recycled-paper conference guides available
    • NOTE: About 100 sheets of paper were used for this conference including the signage, handouts, printed guide and administration. Very good!
  • A/V
    • State of the art screen/desktop, wireless mouse/keyboard, and travel drive
    • No projectors or laptops needed (i.e. wireless rooms)
  • Transportation
    • Carpooling encouraged and assistance provided upon request
  • The carbon offset for all building energy and transportation to and from both our annual conferences is a donation to a local Massachusetts environmental organization. Former recipients: Climate Action NOW, Green Marlborough, Home Energy Efficiency Team, Live Cooler, Mass Climate Action Network, Mass Green Network, Project Green Schools, and Toxics Action Center.
  • Outcomes
    • Connecting people and resources to advance career development and sustainable development
    • Green event standards that set a good example for others