Conferences soak up a lot of resources. Not just from the company putting on the conference but also environmentally — what with all that travel, accommodation, shuttling around, etc.
Sustainability seems to be on the rise and lately conferences have been under the microscope. The recent Adventure Travel World Summit in Seattle was one of the first conferences to be 100 percent carbon neutral (the point at which greenhouse gas emissions have been identified, measured, reduced and 100 percent of the remaining emissions have been offset).
This was done through subscribing to projects that involve renewable energy, energy efficienciency or reforestation.
WAYS TO OFFSET YOUR CONFERENCE
"?¡ Identify the possible carbon emissions that will be produced during the event. This might include delegates’ travel, hotel stays, electricity consumption associated with the event facility and waste generation
"?¡ Visit a carbon offset program such as MyClimate (www.my-climate.com) and put your information in their carbon calculator to find out how much it would cost to reduce carbon emissions elsewhere, thus balancing the conference´s carbon emissions
This will probably become the norm. Another recent carbon neutral even was the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Companies jumping on the carbon neutral bandwagon include HSBC (one of the largest Banks in the world), Ben & Jerry’s, Whole Foods Market and World Wildlife Fund.
Its great for showing that your organisation is environmentally responsible. If you are attending a conference you may wish to ask them what they are doing about carbon emissions. Going to a conference shouldn´t cost the Earth.