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1 Greening the SLA Conference What you can do to lighten the environmental impact of conference attendance Presented at the 2008 SLA Leadership Summit, Louisville, Kentucky by the Environment & Resource Management Division 1

2 2 Purpose and history of this initiative Inspired by keynote speech by Al Gore at SLA in Denver 2007 ERMD board meeting (June 2007) –Can we reduce the negative impact of our conference on the environment? –Working group assembled SLA Board Meeting (November 2007) Launch of new Community of Practice (http://cop.sla.org/COP/GreenConferenceInitiative/)http://cop.sla.org/COP/GreenConferenceInitiative/ Extending the initiative beyond Seattle –Future conferences and chapter/division events –SLA headquarters –Member libraries/organizations 2

3 3 Some sobering statistics Waste produced by a 5-day conference with 2500 attendees 90,000 cans/bottles 75,000 drinking cups 87,000 napkins Society for Independent Show Organizers 3

4 4 Travel tips Fly non-stop flight to Seattle: Repeated takeoffs and landings use more fuel and produce more emissions Rent a hybrid Use public transportation Calculate your carbon footprint and use offsets for conservation efforts –Carbinofy Calculator –Native Energy –Offset your carbon emissions by purchasing a Green Tag 4

5 5 At the Registration Desk Reuse your badge holder Reusing name badges and plastic holders for a conference of 1300 attendees can save approximately $900 [ Society for Independent Show Organizers] Use your own tote bag 5

6 6 In the Exhibition Hall Servicesmassages, handwriting analysis, charitable contributions rather than stuff. Commend vendors who offer these alternatives already. If there MUST be giveaways – reusable water bottles reusable tote bags rather than plastic/glossy paper office supplies NOT battery-operated flashing pins and pendants. Ask exhibitors to their brochures 6

7 7 Accommodations Use hotel green programs Linen reuse programs in a 150-room hotel can save 6000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of detergent per month. (Green Suites International) Share a room Uses fewer resources – Lighting Air conditioning Cleaning Bonus benefit: Saves money! 7

8 8 Meals Promote more plant-based meals –Livestock production is a major contributor to soil/water pollution via feedstock production and animal wastes –Encourage those arranging receptions and meals to offer more choices of lighter fare (i.e., vegetarian and vegan options) Look for restaurants featuring locally-produced foods –Less fuel used for transport –Benefits local farmers, many of whom might have smaller, more sustainable operations Leftovers –SLA HQ has advised ERMD that they work with food event planners to minimize food wastes. The Convention Center and hotel have a standing relationship with Fare Start Programan organization that can provide usable leftover food to the needy in the area. 8

9 9 Conference Sessions Post presentations on your divisions web site If there must be handouts – Multiple slides to a page Double-sided copying Recycled paper Off-site meetings within walking distance or accessible by public transportation 9

10 10 More Tips Reduce plastic container waste [eg. bottles and bags.]: --Only 17 percent of discarded plastic bottles are recycled, leaving many more to pollute the environment. [See, Kobel, Peter (2008), Its Something in the Water, available at 2007_08/Its_Something_in_the_Water.php & Sierra Club, Bottled Water: Learning the Facts and Taking Action (Feb. 2005), available at pdf ]http://www.friendsofanimals.org/actionline/winter- 2007_08/Its_Something_in_the_Water.php pdf --Bring a reusable water bottle from home. If you forget, look for vendors offering them in the Exhibit Hall. --Refill reusable travel sized containers from supplies at home, or switch to solids/refillable powders, i.e., shampoo/conditioner bars, for travel. --Bring a reusable bag from home to carry items gathered from exhibits, rather than accumulating more plastic or non-recyclable bags at the conference 10

11 11 After the Party: What to do when you get back home Keep badge holder and tote for next years conference Get presentations on Divisions web sites Use the Greening the Conference COP ( to suggest ideas for future conferences Apply concepts to local meetings Apply more environmentally-friendly practices to your work and home life 11

12 12 Go to Join/ Visit Communities & add Green Conference Initiative


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