BSR Conference 2012
BSR 20
October 23-26 | New York

Sustainable Conference

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The following are examples of some of the resourceful measures we are implementing to make the BSR Conference more environmentally sustainable. We hope that by investing in these activities, the Conference demonstrates BSR’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

  • For printed Conference materials, BSR uses paper that is made with 100 percent recycled fiber and 50 percent post-consumer waste, processed chlorine free.
  • BSR uses low-VOC, vegetable-based inks for printed Conference materials.
  • BSR has committed to producing only one pre-Conference communication using paper. The rest of our communications are conducted electronically.
  • Produce signs on 100 percent recovered fibers with an average 35 percent post-consumer waste content.
  • Recycling bins for glass, plastic, metal, and paper will be available on all meeting floors.
  • Hotel will recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum cans.
  • Leftover and unused exhibitor amenities (such as tote bags and product samples) will be donated to a nonprofit organization.
  • Recycling bins will be available for name badges and lanyards.
  • The distribution of sponsor materials in attendee tote bags has been eliminated.
  • Registration badges and lanyards will be made of recycled materials
  • Exhibitors and speakers are requested to print handouts double-sided on 100 percent post-consumer paper with vegetable-based ink and bring a minimum amount to distribute.
  • The exhibit freight transportation company is requested to use biodiesel fuel.
  • All communications with speakers, sponsors, and the hotel are electronic.
  • Conference registration is entirely online and confirmations are electronic.
  • Conference office equipment is all EnergyStar-rated.
  • Waste diversion for landfill, compost, and recyclables will be measured.
  • The degree of local and organic menu items will be tracked.
  • The benefits of water bottle elimination and recycled-content paper use will be estimated.
  • The Conference venue was chosen so that no ground transportation is required for attendees to get to the sessions.
  • 100 percent of the carbon emissions generated by travel and facility use during the Conference will be offset.
  • Attendees are encouraged to choose ground transportation options that minimize their carbon footprint, such as mass transit, rail service, and car sharing or shuttle services.
  • Food waste will be recycled and/or a composted.
  • China and/or glassware will be used at all banquet functions.
  • Cloth napkins are used in all banquet functions.
  • Polystyrene products are avoided.
  • Condiments will be served in bulk containers, except sugars and sweeteners.
  • Plastic water bottles will not be served.
  • The use of disposable service-ware will be eliminated.
  • Menus will be chosen with local, organic, and sustainable products when possible, and vegetarian meals will be available as an option.
  • Coffee offered will be 100 percent organic.
  • Leftover food will be donated to a local charity.
  • Housekeeping will leave old containers of partially used toiletries and soap instead of replacing them.
  • Hotel staff is instructed to turn down the heat/air-conditioning, shut drapes, and turn off the lights whenrooms are vacant.
  • A towel and sheet reuse program is in place for all sleeping rooms.
  • Recycling bins for glass, plastic, metal, and paper will be available on all lodging floors.

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