Go green at NIRSA 2015

Help reduce NIRSA’s overall carbon footprint, as well as support environmental sustainability by embracing suggestions offered up by NIRSA's Strategic Value Commission for Sustainable Communities.

The NIRSA Strategic Value Commission for Sustainable Communities is excited to bring you tips to help make your conference experience this year more environmentally friendly.

By choosing to do just a few simple things, you can make a big impact in helping NIRSA reduce the overall carbon footprint of conference.

These are just a few easy ways to support environmental sustainability:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle so that you don’t have to buy bottled water in plastic containers.
  • Pack your travel mug so that you are not using a disposable cup for your morning latte.
  • Bring your own reusable eating utensils (if you have a traveling set).
  • Bring your own reusable name badge holder if you have one, instead of taking a new one.
  • Bring your own reusable bag for collecting materials in the Expo and minimize waste by taking only what you need and what you will use from the exhibitors’ booths.
  • Pack less. Traveling lighter, whether by car or by airplane, can make a difference in a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
  • If you are a presenter, minimize printed copies (by printing double-sided, or by printing only the most important materials, or by making the presentation slides available online only).
  • Share a ride with others to and from the airport by taking a shuttle or sharing a cab with a group.
  • NIRSA will have a conference app. Using the app will help develop behaviors that will eventually reduce the need for printed programs.
  • In your hotel room, turn off all the lights, TV, and thermostat when you leave.
  • Unplug all chargers and other power draining devices when you aren’t using them.
  • Hang your towel up in the room in order to reuse your towel linens.
  • Keep your showers short and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.

By practicing even just a few of the simple actions listed above, you can help make a positive impact on our planet. Go green while you conference with us!