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Greening Practices

The tradeshow industry is second only to the construction industry in the amount of waste it generates. So, a ‘zero waste’ conference about the built environment poses a special challenge. To meet the challenge, we hired the best Operations Team in the business that specializes in diversion, Events for Change.

Here are a few things we do each year to reduce our impact on the environment:


At the Event

  • Vinyl table covers are replaced by linen.
  • Event signage is made with recyclable or reusable materials.
  • Event collateral is printed on a “green printer” with vegetable-based inks and recyclable paper.
  • Exhibitors are given access to the “green printer” during the course of the event.
  • Food sold at the event is packaged in biodegradable, compostable food ware.
  • Biodegradable cornstarch plates and utensils.
  • Implementation of a carbon offsetting program reduces emissions generated by equipment, heating/cooling, shipping, and electricity.
  • We're using solid color carpeting (vs. strips) so that no carpet is wasted.
  • Resource Recovery Stations are placed throughout the facility. Now this doesn’t sound exciting…BUT…an anticipated 75% landfill diversion is expected through this effort. Exhibitors, while you won’t get trashcans at your booth, each RR station will actually be hosted by a knowledgeable and friendly volunteer ready to tell you which of your items is recyclable, compost, or true trash.



  • Public transportation and/or carpooling encouraged
  • City car share
  • Green and hybrid car rentals
  • PickupPal – A Global Rideshare



  • We encourage out of town guests to stay at hotels that are members of the California Green Lodging Program or other green hospitality groups. See Plan Your Trip for more information.



  • Biodiesel truck service for our deliveries

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