Go Green at ALA Conference…. part II

The TFOE discussion list just sent out a great message about being green at the ALA conference, with some more ideas than those I posted recently (go green at ALA the Conference)  Here is a clip from the email:

Be aware of local recycling initiatives and use them

When dining, think of choosing restaurants that use local produce and food supplies, and think organic foods

On the exhibit floor thank those publishers that are greening their publishing practices and engaging in efforts to use carbon-neutral strategies, chlorine-free and recycled paper, soy-based inks, and thinking of greener means to promote their publications, products, and services.

Do not pick up excessive promotional materials or handouts to be tossed into trash baskets in your hotel room, elsewhere in the exhibit hall or conference hotels. Carrying all that material back home takes energy. If every person attending ALA were to take home an additional ten (10) pounds of paper, making some “average” assumptions about how ALA members travel to meetings, I calculate that 350 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be used to transport handouts and take-aways, if 23,000 people show up at ALA.

In you hotels there is much you can do, and nearly every hotel has guidelines for saving energy and being more environmentally sensitive: not having towels and linens laundered every day, turning air conditioning off, when room is not in use, not letting hot water run.

Use mass transit systems and share cab rides as much as possible.

SLA wrote an incredible article in its April 2008 issue about green behaviors at conferences. It has an impressive list of resources.

Not a member of TFOE? Think about joining!


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