Event Sustainability - Energy and Waste Management
One of the main environmental impacts of a conference is waste. In 2010, the EPA named meetings and events as one of the most wasteful industries second only to building and construction.
Since the beginning, Opportunity Green has put the emphasis on its management. In 2010, we settled about 40 “resource recovery stations” on the conference’s site, which provided attendees with four types of sorting: paper-bottles-cans-plastic, compost, liquids (to avoid wet paper) and landfill.
More than a hundred eco-ambassadors helped and educated attendees at these stations during our two-day conference, providing the critical manpower for OG10 to reach a 96.3% landfill diversion rate.
We also collected, washed and re-used our plates and service ware to cut down on waste as well.
As for energy, our host Los Angeles Center Studio has put in place several measures to increase energy efficiency. Among other things, it has installed VFD-Tower Vans (variable-frequency drive), a boiler retrofit and lighting controls in office. This effort resulted in a 68% reduction in fuel consumption and a 32% reduction in electricity consumption compared with 2005.
Wherever Opportunity Green doesn’t depend on LACS’ energy policy, our company tries also to use less and better energy.
For example, in 2010, Opportunity Green utilized electric generators that ran off of E-Fuel100 ethanol to supplement any additional energy requirements beyond what could be pulled from the grid. E-fuel100’s unique generators (Gridbusters) mix water with pure ethanol and run much cleaner than the traditional gasoline/ethanol blends.
Lastly, Opportunity Green offset the energy used at the conference, delivering 59,000 kWh of renewable energy to the grid through our partner NextEra Energy.
For 2011, we will utilize a combination of biodiesel and solar generators wherever possible. Where such options are not practical, we will work to reduce our energy consumption as much as possible before counterbalancing our usage through carbon offsets.