Throughout conference planning and implementation, Net Impact strives to be as sustainable as possible in conscious and tangible ways. We encourage attendees to actively participate in the sustainable practices listed below throughout the conference, and hopefully bring it home as a dedicated part of your lives and communities.
7 Ways We Are Making Sustainability a Priority
- Using MeetGreen®. Net Impact has enlisted the services of MeetGreen®, a Portland, Oregon-based organization that works with progressive organizations to integrate sustainable practices into conference management. MeetGreen® is ISO 20121 certified in sustainable event management.
- Choosing a green facility. In 2010, the Baltimore Convention Center constructed a 27,000 square foot green roof that reduces heating and air conditioning requirements, acts as a drought resistant surface, improves air quality, offers a unique outdoor venue for events, and also serves as the chef’s garden to grow herbs used in food production. Through an energy saving contract with Constellation Energy, the BCC pledges to spend $10 million in water and energy conservation efforts. They project to save 100 million gallons of water and 6,058 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Environmental expectations are written into our contract with the Baltimore Convention Center, along with the following hotels: Hyatt, Sheraton Inner Harbor, Sheraton Baltimore City, Days Inn, and the Radisson Lord Baltimore.
- Consciously conserving energy. The BCC is equipped with motion sensor lighting and air conditioning to ensure that energy is not wasted when rooms are not in use. The hotels Net Impact is working with have pledged to turn down heat and air-conditioning when rooms are vacant. Help us by turning off appliances, televisions, lights, etc. when they are not in use.
- Eating and drinking sustainably. Our catering service Centerplate’s "Farm to Table" program ensures that meals served at the conference are prepared with organic and locally sourced food whenever possible. Reusable service equipment is used on buffets and break stations and serviceware will be reusable, recyclable, compostable, and made with recycled materials as much as possible.
- Recycling and composting. The BCC’s SOMAT service, an on-site composter, has helped them achieve a 33% reduction in all food and cardboard waste. Composted products are used to fertilize the roof-top gardens and surrounding landscape. Help us reach our sustainable waste reduction goals by using the recycling and compost bins located throughout the facility.
- Decreasing paper communications and printing. We’re actively minimizing the amount of collateral waste used at the conference:
We’re also decreasing paper communication internally by limiting all conference registration and communications to attendees through Net Impact’s website and email. We encourage attendees to forgo a printed guidebook and take advantage of our 2012 Net Impact Conference mobile site and app. It is our hope that we will continue to reduce our reliance on printed products in the future.
- Name tags will be renewable, compostable, and made from plants; participants will be asked to return the name tag holders for reuse at future events.
- We’ve asked conference participants, such as Net Impact Expo exhibitors and speakers, to limit distribution of unnecessary collateral materials.
- All leftover exhibitor amenities are donated to a nonprofit organization.
- The BCC is committed to using green-certified cleaning products and bathroom paper products with 35% post-consumer recycled paper content.
- Conducting post-conference reporting. We will keep a careful record of our waste management and energy use. Post-conference, we’ll do a complete and thorough analysis of our resource usage to help us improve our conference greening strategies in the future.