GREEN INITIATIVES at WINDPOWER

AWEA has an Event Sustainability Program that helps us create event experiences that embody and inspire our core value “We (Heart) Wind Energy.”  Every year, AWEA hosts thousands of participants at events throughout the United States.  Our planning processes and practices will aim to promote action on issues that are important to AWEA members and staff.  Our 2018 goals include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieve a minimum of 10% improvement over baseline waste diversion rate at convention center
    • Add composting for the show.
    • Work with convention center to augment their current recycling program
    • Add 3 bin (compost/recycle/landfill) systems throughout the show.
    • Achieve 100% compostable service ware for all concessions at the convention center
  • Advancement of Wind Energy
    • AWEA WINDPOWER® 2018 Conference & Exhibition, as well as all other 2018 AWEA events, is 100% wind powered through wind Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) provided by our green sponsor.
    • AWEA inserts language into hotel contracts requiring the purchase of wind Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the event.
    • Update our Exhibitor Green Team Challenge to include the purchase of wind Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
  • Provide a community service project at WINDPOWER that aligns with our sustainability efforts
    • Partner with the Chicago Botanic Garden Windy City Harvest program to build container gardens to donate to local community.
  • Improve Sustainable Event Processes and Performance and Tracking
    • This year we are creating a baseline for many of our current practices such as sustainable signage, energy efficient equipment and local food.
  • Improve exhibitor in booth waste management program.
    • Add an optional in-booth recycling bin for exhibitors.
    • Add three bin systems through the show floor.
    • Communicate to exhibitors that next year our goal is to eliminate in-booth bins and go to 3 bin centrally located systems.
  • Recycle or reuse 100% of carpet
  • Reduce printing by 20%
  • Increase Stakeholder Engagement
    • Increase Exhibitor Green pledge participation by 100% over previous year
    • Communicate sustainability commitment to all major stakeholders

 


Did You Know…

  • AWEA works with GES, our show decorator, to use a green graphics board made from paper not foam for onsite signs whenever possible. These signs are 100% recyclable.
  • AWEA works with a vendor to repurpose vinyl banners and/or works with the sponsor to make the banners reusable.
  • For the third year 100% of AWEA staff travel is offset by wind RECs.
  • This conference is plastic water bottle free.  Instead water coolers are used in meeting space as well as on the exhibit floor.  The cups used at the coolers are compostable.  
  • AWEA has been sharing speaker presentations digitally for years.  All session surveys are now paperless as well.
  • AWEA is offering advertising space on our conference mobile app in an effort to reduce printing.
  • Our lanyard used for your conference badge is made of recycled PET materials (typically recycled plastic water bottles).
  • Unused bags, exhibitor giveaways, and other supplies will be collected at the end of the event and donated to local Chicago charities as appropriate.
  • Leftover food from meal functions is either composted or donated to local charities.
  • AWEA works with our shuttle provider, TMS, to have a sustainability policy in place to reduce shuttling where acceptable as well as to curb fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. The shuttles that we do provide are carbon neutral by the purchase of offsets.

The AWEA Booth has a Sustainable Design:

  • The booth is designed to be reused by making a hanging sign that can be hung or ground supported and has various smaller offices / elements that can be reused in flexible configurations based on our changing venues.
  • Walls are made from a hard material that is a rental. GES re-uses them in different configurations for other shows.
  • Instead of printing large vinyl graphics we are making 2 of the 15’ walls out of a fabric material affixed to a structure that can be reconfigured for multiple uses.
  • We are making 3D letters that can be reused for a future show.
  • The booth carpet is made from recycled carpet.
  • Any non-fabric signage will be printed on recyclable Falconboard.