Waste/Recycling Bins at Annual Conference in Indianapolis

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Waste/Recycling Bins at Annual Conference in Indianapolis

Posted by Corbin Smyth on Jul 23, 2018 3:31 pm

Hi TEAM! I'm working with the Indy CPT and we have a potential sponsor who is interested in doing something creative on site in the JW Marriott hotel. They could provide a number of specialized waste/recycling bins for the conference. There are some logistics for me to work out with the JW itself - but I'm wondering from our Sustainability CoP side - what would we hope to accomplish from this opportunity? Just some recycling bins or more than that? Perhaps composting if we could also pull that off? Some signage explaining what we're doing? Maybe an educational component/info that folks could take back to implement on their own campus? Those are just a few ideas to get things going. I'm curious what ideas you all might have. Thanks! -Corbin
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Re: Waste/Recycling Bins at Annual Conference in Indianapolis

Posted by John Ginsburg on Jul 24, 2018 12:50 pm

Hi Corbin,

Glad to hear this.  Hopefully we'll get some good brainstorming from the group.  What I'd like to see is marketing material in advance of the conference that encourages people to be more sustainable in advance.  Just off the top of my head, this could include:

-Bring your own water bottle
-If you have a lanyard from a past conference, bring it [it would be awesome if we could know in advance what type of nametag will be used - it would also be more awesome if somehow we could know a ballpark figure of how many folks would bring lanyards, so that so many would not have to be ordered]
-Bring refillable travel-size shampoo containers (to avoid discarding the ones from the hotel)

I'm sure others out there have more brainstorm ideas.

It would be great if we also had vendors who marketed more "green" products.  One thing in particular is pens.  It kills me every time I have to throw a pen away because I don't know where I can get a refill for the ink, so the whole thing goes in the trash.  Think about how many pens are given away in the exhibit hall...  Additionally, it would be great for ACUI/CPT to lead by example on things, such as using recycled paper for things that must be printed, using soy-based inks, and (I know this will be hard to give up) having less "swag" that is just going to end up in the landfill.

I also support an ed session - perhaps from some success stories or innovation examples from various campuses.

Thanks for working on this!

Re: Waste/Recycling Bins at Annual Conference in Indianapolis

Posted by John Ginsburg on Jul 24, 2018 12:54 pm

Oh, and STRAWS!  Lots of cities are on the No Straw kick, and it would be great to be out in front of that.  Get the hotel to make sure it is not using plastic straws.  If they must use them, use paper or other material ones.  And, people are actually buying their own metal ones.

Google "Ditch the Straw" - the first hit for me is a local chapter of a group here in Portland.  Here is another link on this campaign:  http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please/

Re: Waste/Recycling Bins at Annual Conference in Indianapolis

Posted by Brian Koehler on Jul 24, 2018 3:22 pm

Perhaps this would provide an excellent opportunity to work with a local non-profit and donate technology (cell phones, tablets, media players, laptops, etc)

I know I have an old laptop that could go to a good home - and my wife has at least one old cell phone she can give up for a good cause.

Other "recycle" concepts could be around clothing - donate University logo shirts (or other branded gear) to a local shelter.  Maybe even make a food drive part of the Tournament of the Regions...how many pounds of rice did your region donate?

Re: Waste/Recycling Bins at Annual Conference in Indianapolis

Posted by Eve Esch on Jul 27, 2018 11:05 am

Thanks for the post, Corbin, and Great suggestions, Brian & John.

I think the concept of giving folks ideas/tangibles they can take back to their own campus is crucial, so whether that's some hands-on activities/signage/flash sessions.
There are some great exhibits at the Houston Zoo that talk about how mining components for cell phones/handheld devices are encroaching on habitats for endangered species. We could use content to educate while we collect devices on site (assuming you're able to find a local group to take them).

Besides recommending folks bring their own water bottles, perhaps we get with a company like Quench (water cooler provider) to get them in the expo and have displays to use around our spaces.

Whatever you end up with, just try & communicate that early/often on the marketing that goes out, as it seems to sometimes be an afterthought.