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

The Campbell Soup Company

What Participants Are Saying

“The mobile app was very helpful in connecting with people before and during the event.”

Premier Support Provided By The Rockefeller Foundation

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Thank You to Our Sponsors


C&A Foundation
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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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