AGU is committed to implementing green practices that will lessen the impact of our programs/events on the planet. AGU works on several fronts to implement green initiatives through Fall Meeting. This includes working with the city of New Orleans, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, conference hotels, suppliers, and attendees to reduce our environmental impact in the Crescent City.
In New Orleans
- In 2016, more than 6,000 Christmas trees were collected and airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create new marsh habitat.
- Mardi Gras beads and other specialty items such as boas, spears, and stuffed animals are collected annually for resale in order to eliminate waste in landfills.
- The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling Program recycles shells from participating New Orleans–based restaurants for restoration of oyster reefs and shoreline habitats across coastal Louisiana.
- Discarded cigarettes are collected and recycled with the goal of keeping New Orleans streets cleaner and supporting local organizations, at no cost to taxpayers.
Inside the Ernest Morial Convention Center
- Various ecofriendly service wares, made from renewable plant materials that can be grown again, are used; these products are ASTM compliant and BPI certified compostable.
- Energy-efficient lighting and low-mercury lamps are installed throughout the facility.
- The 26,000 meeting room and 7,600 ballroom chairs are 85% recyclable.
- Established recycle stations are placed throughout the facility. The containers were created by repurposing old containers with paint and the application of recycle decals for a savings of over $90,000 USD.
- In 2016, more than 26,000 pounds of food scraps were recycled.
What You Can Do
There are numerous opportunities for participants to contribute to making Fall Meeting a green event. Here are a few:
- Recycle your badge before you leave. We’ll have boxes available for you to drop off your badge holder so that we can reuse it for the next conference.
- In addition to paper, cans, and bottles, remember that you can recycle your poster as well. All posters are recyclable, as long as they aren’t laminated.
- Take advantage of the many public transportation options throughout the city. We encourage you to walk or bike around town or explore the area using the city’s buses and cable cars.
- Decide to use your hotel towels more than 1 day.