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Greening the Conference

Each year, Labs21 makes every effort to green its annual conference and reduce the event's impact on the environment. The following efforts are examples of how Labs21 strove to make its 2008 conference more sustainable:

  • Labs21 chose a host city that is dedicated to reducing its energy use and becoming more sustainable over the next 15 years. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed recently unveiled his plan to make San Jose the newest sustainable city in the nation.

  • Labs21 worked with the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to have recycling bins in all meeting spaces during the conference.

  • Labs21 requested the use of recycled-content and/or recyclable containers for all conference meals. Labs21 also used non-disposable glasses, dishes, and silverware whenever possible.

  • The Technology and Services fair featured a number of sustainable features including:

    • Carpet made from post-consumer recycled material.
    • Biodegradable trash bags and wastebaskets made from 100% recycled materials.
    • Recycled paper and signage products.
    • A How-to section in the online exhibitor’s kit to help exhibitors reduce their environmental impact before, during, and after the show.
  • The Labs21 Conference strives to generate as little paper waste as possible. Therefore, attendees lists, conference messages, conference presentations, and conference certificates will all be sent out electronically.

I2SL would like to thank this year's "Greening the Conference" Sponsor:

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Please note, EPA and DOE have granted conference cosponsor, I2SL, permission to use conference-related fundraising as a means of supporting I2SL's Labs21 2008 Annual Conference activities. Learn more about I2SL's sponsorship opportunities.

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