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Greening Practices

The tradeshow industry is second only to the construction industry in the amount of waste it generates. So, a ‘zero waste’ conference about the built environment poses a special challenge. To meet the challenge, we hired the best Operations Team in the business that specializes in diversion, Events for Change.

Here are a few things we do each year to reduce our impact on the environment:

Venue

At the Event

  • Vinyl table covers are replaced by linen.
  • Event signage is made with recyclable or reusable materials.
  • Event collateral is printed on a “green printer” with vegetable-based inks and recyclable paper.
  • Exhibitors are given access to the “green printer” during the course of the event.
  • Food sold at the event is packaged in biodegradable, compostable food ware.
  • Biodegradable cornstarch plates and utensils.
  • Implementation of a carbon offsetting program reduces emissions generated by equipment, heating/cooling, shipping, and electricity.
  • We're using solid color carpeting (vs. strips) so that no carpet is wasted.
  • Resource Recovery Stations are placed throughout the facility. Now this doesn’t sound exciting…BUT…an anticipated 75% landfill diversion is expected through this effort. Exhibitors, while you won’t get trashcans at your booth, each RR station will actually be hosted by a knowledgeable and friendly volunteer ready to tell you which of your items is recyclable, compost, or true trash.

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Travel

  • Public transportation and/or carpooling encouraged
  • City car share programwww.citycarshare.org
  • Green and hybrid car rentals
  • PickupPal – A Global Rideshare Communitywww.pickuppal.com

Lodging

Lodging

  • We encourage out of town guests to stay at hotels that are members of the California Green Lodging Program or other green hospitality groups. See Plan Your Trip for more information.

Transport

Transportation

  • Biodiesel truck service for our deliveries

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