Designing a More Sustainable Meeting
ASLA continues to reduce the carbon footprint of the annual meeting. The hotels, convention center, show decorator, transportation company, and other vendors with whom ASLA contracts services must demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices. ASLA’s printed materials, signage, and decorations are recycled, recyclable, and printed with soy ink. The meeting handouts will be distributed electronically.
Meeting attendees may do their part by traveling to the meeting via Amtrak, donating to the Chicago Carbon Offset Fund, or arranging air travel through GoodShop.
Chicago Offset Fund
To offset the carbon footprint created by the annual meeting, ASLA will make a contribution to the Chicago Offset Fund, managed by the Chicago-based Delta Institute, an organization dedicated to economic development and environmental quality. The Chicago Offset Fund supports projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Chicago and benefit the local economy through a transparent and verifiable carbon offset system. Annual Meeting attendees may offset their travel by making a voluntary contribution of $10 to the Chicago Offset Fund on the registration form.
Chicago Sustainable Legacy Project
ASLA and Green Builder Media are joining forces to support a sustainable homes and landscapes exhibit in Chicago, built by Chicago Public School students enrolled in the College and Career Preparation Program. Owned and developed by Conservation Research Institute, a 501(c)3 dedicated to environmental causes, the homes are designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects with landscapes by Conservation Design Forum.
Using sustainable printing practices for the 2009 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO Registration Brochure:
72 trees preserved for the future
207 lbs water-borne waste not created
30,402 gal wastewater flow saved
3,364 lbs solid waste not generated
6,623 lbs net greenhouse gasses prevented
50,695,488 BTUs energy not consumed.