Resilient Business,

Resilient World

November 3-5, 2015 • San Francisco

November 3-5, 2015
San Francisco

Sustainable Conference

A greener event makes a happier planet.

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  • BSR has committed to producing only one pre-Conference communications using paper. The rest of our communications are conducted electronically.
  • For printed Conference materials, BSR uses paper that is made with 100 percent recycled fiber and 50 percent post-consumer waste, processed without chlorine.
  • BSR uses low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound), vegetable-based inks for printed Conference materials.
  • BSR produces Conference signs on 100 percent recovered fibers with an average of 35 percent post-consumer waste content; 95 percent of signs to be produced locally, requiring no shipping.
  • BSR completely eliminated a printed program through the use of a mobile app.

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  • The Conference venue was chosen so that attendees do not need to use ground transportation to get to the sessions.
  • BSR will offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions generated by travel and facility use during the Conference.
  • Attendees are encouraged to choose ground transportation options that minimize their carbon footprint, such as mass transit, rail service, and car-sharing or shuttle services.

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Guest Accommodations

  • Paperless check-out program in sleeping rooms will be implemented.
  • Housekeeping will leave soaps and toiletries that attendees have partially used in their rooms instead of replacing them each day.
  • Hotel staff will turn down the heat/air-conditioning, shut drapes, and turn off the lights when rooms are vacant.
  • A towel and sheet reuse program is in place for all sleeping rooms.
  • Recycling bins for glass, plastic, metal, and paper will be available on all lodging floors.

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  • Waste diversion for landfill, compost, and recyclables will be measured.
  • The degree of local and organic menu items will be tracked.
  • The benefits of water bottle elimination and recycled-content paper use will be estimated.

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Food and Beverage

  • 100 percent of fruits sourced locally and seasonally; no tropical fruits will be offered
  • 100 percent elimination of plastic water bottles (saving 3,732 plastic bottles and US$37,470 in purchases)
  • Menus will be crafted with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients when possible, and vegetarian meals available.
  • The coffee offered will be 100 percent shade-grown, fair trade, and organic.
  • Food waste will be recycled and/or composted, as permitted by law.
  • China, glassware, and cloth napkins will be used at all banquet functions.
  • Polystyrene products will be avoided.
  • Condiments, except sugars and sweeteners, will be served in bulk containers.
  • Disposable serviceware will not be used.
  • Natural and biodegradable table d├ęcor will be used.

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Meeting Management

  • Recycling bins for glass, plastic, metal, and paper will be available on all meeting floors.
  • The hotel will recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum cans.
  • Leftover and unused materials will be donated to a nonprofit organization.
  • No tote bags or giveaways will be distributed.
  • Registration badges and lanyards will be made of recycled materials with no separate plastic holder. Recycling bins will be available for lanyards.
  • Exhibitors and speakers are requested to print handouts double-sided, on 100 percent post-consumer paper with vegetable-based ink, and to bring a minimal amount to distribute.
  • BSR has asked the exhibit freight transport company to use biodiesel fuel.
  • All communications with speakers, sponsors, and the hotel are electronic.
  • Conference registration is entirely online and confirmations are electronic.
  • Conference office equipment is all Energy Star-rated.

Featured Sponsor

Stanford Social Innovation Review

What Participants Are Saying

“The Conference provided ample opportunities to meet people working in a variety of industries, which made for interesting conversations and valuable connections.”

Premier Support Provided By The Rockefeller Foundation

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Thank You to Our Sponsors


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  • Bank of America logo
  • HP logo
  • The Hyatt logo
  • The Walt Disney Company

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  • Barrick Gold
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  • Merck
  • PepsiCo

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