Environmental Initiatives at the AM&E
Meeting Site and Vendor Selection
ASBO leadership purposefully selects meeting sites and vendors with commitments to green and otherwise socially responsible practices. The 2012 Annual Meeting & Expo (AM&E) will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, awarded LEED silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. More tangible green features at the convention center include chairs made from recycled car batteries and seat belts, tablecloths made from old plastic bottles, and meals made from locally farmed produce. There are also rooftop solar panels and a water-harvesting garden that converts condensation from the building’s heating and cooling system into water for landscaping.
Minimizing Our Environmental Footprint
ASBO International is committed to hosting “paper-lite” meetings, using paper only where absolutely necessary. We’ve completely eliminated the use of disposable cups, plates, and utensils, and provide all attendees with reusable water bottles. In addition, we select badge holders and conference bags made from recycled or sustainable materials. To increase recycling and repurposing of exhibit hall materials, we ask exhibitors to sort unwanted items into bins labeled “Trash,” “Recycle,” and “Donate.”
ASBO International strives to offer a range of education sessions and speakers who demonstrate the role sustainability plays in almost every functional area of an organization. Look for ASBO's SR icon in the AM&E program book to identify sessions that speak to issues of social responsibility.