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

MarketingTransportationMeeting Management and ExhibitsGuest Accommodations MeasurementFood and Beverage

For printed Conference materials, RRNW:

  • Uses paper that is made with 100 percent recycled fiber and 50 percent post-consumer waste, processed chlorine free
  • Uses low-VOC, vegetable-based inks for printed Conference materials.
  • Has committed to 100% of pre-conference communications are conducted electronically.
  • The Conference venue was chosen so that no ground transportation is required for attendees to get to the sessions.
  • Attendees are encouraged to choose ground transportation options that minimize their carbon footprint, such as car-sharing.
  • Recycling bins for glass, plastic, metal, and paper will be available in all meeting spaces.
  • Hotel will recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum cans.
  • Leftover and unused exhibitor amenities (such as product samples) will be donated to a nonprofit organization.
  • Recycling bins will be available for name badges. Lanyards and badge holders are reused at future events.
  • Registration badges and lanyards will be made of recycled materials.
  • 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.
  • Sleeping rooms have refillable toiletries and soap instead of individually wrapped amenities.
  • Hotel staff is instructed to turn down the heat/air conditioning, shut drapes, and turn off the lights when rooms 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.
  • 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.
  • Menus will be chosen with local, organic, and sustainable products when possible, and vegetarian meals will be available as an option.
  • Leftover food will be donated to a local charity.
  • Food surplus and waste will be donated and/or composted.
  • China, glassware, and cloth napkins will be used at all banquet functions.
  • Polystyrene products are eliminated.
  • 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.