General Assembly (GA) planners encourage exhibitors to apply these principles as they prepare exhibits and table displays:
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has a long-standing partnership with Heritage Exposition Services to provide materials and set-up for the Exhibit Hall. Heritage has worked hard to further the sustainability of their business, including the development of a sustainability policy and procurement criteria for their business in response to a direct request from the UUA. Many of the changes under this policy are invisible to GA participants. For example, all carpeting is made from more durable, 25% post-industrial content and is in its third year of re-use. Trim pieces that could not be salvaged represent a mere 2% of carpet used. Carpet reuse not only presents significant environmental benefits by reducing manufacturing footprints, it also means Heritage can eliminate Visqueen, a wasteful plastic film that many trade shows who use new carpet employ to protect carpet from damage. Carpet padding also includes recycled content and furnishings, booth panels, drape and framing are all collected for reuse. Heritage staff and local labor also worked with Global Green Integrators to collect 221 pounds of film plastics like shrink wrap and tabletop material for recycling locally.
Exhibit hall waste was determined to be a key contributor to not achieving waste goals in the past. As a result, monitoring and sorting of materials left behind in the exhibit hall has been stepped up. We are getting better, but still have a long way to go. We encourage all exhibitors to limit the waste, primarily paper from over-printing that they bring to GA. Providing information digitally and collecting customer contact information for future follow-up isn’t just good environmental practice, but good business practice.
Although we tend to focus on being environmentally “green”, there is a different kind of “green” benefit to sustainable exhibiting: money. As business-minded people, we understand that adding cost to become more sustainable sometimes isn’t an option. The good news is that there are many ways to not only reduce waste, but reduce cost as well. Here are just a few:
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
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