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Case Studies2017-12-27T00:31:16+00:00

Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2018

We are pleased to share the sustainability results of another successful General Assembly. In addition to truly top tier results, such as the diversion of 92% of our total event waste from the landfill, one of the key areas that made our efforts even more impactful this year was the many “sustainability firsts” GA’18 helped bring to the Kansas City region. This work, which begins largely during the site selection and contracting phases, long before attendees arrive, culminates during our five days together each summer onsite.

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Oracle OpenWorld Latin America Division 2018

Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2018 produced less total waste than in any previous year. Although the percentage of waste diverted from landfill (diversion rate) was the lowest in 2018, the event produced less total waste than in any previous year. Total waste produced in 2018 decreased by 64% from 2016, and 83% from 2010. Read Case Study


Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference

At their first National Conference in more than 5 years, Fair Trade Campaigns focused their sustainability efforts by including Fair Trade products, reducing disposable service ware, and linking activities to four UN Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger, Climate Action, Responsible Consumption & Production and Good Health & Well Being.

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Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2017

Every year GA enables opportunities for UUs to be of service to communities that host the event. This year several meaningful opportunities were organized in New Orleans.

GA attendees were invited to participate in hands-on service projects at or within a short distance of the convention center that benefitted over 1,000 persons. These included:

  • The Big Easy / Real Life: An Immersion Experience
  • The Red Flame Hunters and the Flaming Chalice Keepers Create!
  • Ubuntu Village and UUs, Embracing Youth Away in Juvenile Detention
  • “Days for Girls” Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Kits Fight Poverty and Isolation
  • Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

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IMEX America 2017

Sustainability is a core component of IMEX America and is addressed and refined throughout the year across the entire range of vendors and stakeholders, including onsite as well as pre/post event.

There are several wins to note regarding the IMEX America 2017 waste stream. Overall volume of waste decreased significantly from 2016 due to efforts to capture, donate or reuse large booth materials and furniture, as well as sustainable signage and carpet. The enhanced back dock hand sorting of waste also dramatically improved the amount of material that can be recycled or composted. Read Case Study


World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting 2017

As an organization with a mission driven interest in global sustainable initiatives, the World Cocoa Foundation did a great job reducing its event’s environmental footprint by the implementation of progressive approaches like food and beverage strategies to eliminate waste and get leftover food to people who need it, the 100% elimination of its printed program and the use of FalconBoard signs. Read Case Study


IMEX America 2016

The 2016 IMEX America, our own internal planning team took a proactive approach to recycling the materials that we use for signage and, together with our vendors, ensured that they were put to valuable use in several different places (see Materials). We also reduced our paper use from onsite publications by more than 1,500 lbs of paper, which is the equivalent to about 13 fewer trees. In addition, our education team curated many rich and grounding experiences for our guests onsite, including the Be Well Lounge and Paws for a Break. Read Case Study


Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2016

The Unitarian Universalist Association identified five main sustainability objectives for General Assembly 2016. Each objective is accompanied by individual targets and action items designed to address and evaluate each objective. These targets are customized given the current level of sustainability in each host city prior to the event. Read Case Study


Business for Social Responsibility Conference 2016

Never afraid to be bold, BSR’s sustainable food choices included 100% vegetarian lunches, 100% of the fruit was local and seasonal, 100% of the coffee fairly traded, and 100% of the meals were served on china (no disposables). Read Case Study


IMEX America 2015

In 2015, IMEX America chose to focus on water shortage in the Las Vegas area. In an effort to reduce water usage, the concession menu available on Wednesday was optimized to provide foods that minimize water use. Beef burgers were replaced with turkey burgers, for example, which saved 331 gallons per 1⁄4 patty! Water savings information was presented on digital signage to inform attendees of the water footprint of their food and they were encouraged to share their experience using the #WaterWiseWednesday hashtag. Read Case Study