Each year, SPLC strives to produce a conference using innovative practices that lessen our impact and reflect our social, environmental and economic values. To this end, SPLC has developed a comprehensive set of Event Venue Requirements & Preferences, Food & Beverage Requirements & Preferences for use in producing SPLC events. Through these and other measures, SPLC models the practices discussed in our conference sessions, to reduce the impact of this event, and illustrate ways other events can similarly reduce their impacts.
Additionally, 3 years ago MeetGreen® was hired to manage conference logistics and provide leadership and expertise in sustainability as it relates to meeting management. MeetGreen® is independently certified compliant with the ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management System Standard. All aspects of their work for SPLC comply with ISO 20121 approaches.
Following are some of the resourceful measures we are implementing at this year’s Conference.
Environmental aspects of the destination (Minneapolis, MN) were considered when selecting the host city. Examples include venues and suppliers with environmental practices, availability of waste reduction and recycling, local transit, and energy and water conservation programs adopted by the host city, venues and suppliers.
· Only 100% certified Fair Trade coffee and tea will be served.
To avoid paper waste, exhibitors are requested to print handouts on 100 percent post-consumer paper with vegetable-based ink and bring a minimum amount to distribute.