This week we are working with SuperComputing ’09 on their conference of over 10,000 computer scientists. They have taken on sustainability this year and have a number of green meeting initiatives http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=greenersc.html
Their keynote speaker, Al Gore, talked about the 90 million tons of carbon that goes into the atmosphere each day and how humans must make different choices. A series of decisions were made to help make a difference:
- First choice–one of conference initiatives was to reduce the amount of transportation required.
- Conference organizers chose hotels that were either within walking distance or accessible to the light rail system whenever possible.
- Participants chose to walk or ride MAX (with the exception of a few hotels).
- Off-site events did not include shuttles but were also located in the same transit area.
These choices made a significant impact on the livability of our community. Thanks, Super Commuters!