The Australian Pain Society, New Zealand Pain Society and DC Conferences are committed to producing environmentally friendly events. This is what we are doing to achieve this goal:
Conference handbooks have not been produced since 2014. The APS conference handbook was, on average, 120 pages long and approximately 800 copies would be printed each year. By opting to use a conference app instead, the APS will have saved nearly 400,000 sheets of paper being used by the time APS NZPS 2018 rolls around.
The conference app provides delegates with more information than a handbook ever could; delegates can personalise their own program, read through a number of abstracts and information we couldn’t previously fit into the handbook, click through to view soft copy versions of submitted posters, connect with exhibitors and other delegates, plus so much more.
The APS has always worked hard to source environmentally sustainable, fair trade and socially responsible satchel bags. We have strived to offer multiple use style bags – in 2015 we offered a lap top bag, in 2016 a wine cooler. 2019 will be the last year satchels are offered at APS ASM’s, we hope our delegates and exhibitors will get behind our move away from offering something we are increasingly told “ends up in the bin”!
ICC Sydney is part of the first precinct in the world to be awarded the highest accolade of 6 stars under the Green Building of Australia’s Green Star Communities certification. ICC Sydney is targeting the internationally renowned US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Gold certification. Please click here to gain access to their sustainability factsheet which outlines some of the activities they are a part of.
Lastly, the ICC Sydney donates all excess food to OzHarvest. Food that has been out for general consumption has a shelf life and cannot be donated. This gets turned into fertiliser and is used on green areas in and around ICC Sydney.
In 2018, the Conference Gala Dinner will be held at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf. One of the factors behind this decision was it’s location within a 6 Green Star building. For further information on how this is done please click here
We all know how much that morning coffee helps get us through that first plenary session of the morning, but we urge all delegates to bring their reusable coffee cups with them. If every delegate used a reusable coffee cup instead of a one-use takeaway option we could save over 4000 cups going into land fill at APS NZPS 2018 alone!
We also ask all delegates to bring a reusable water bottle with them to the conference. Water will be, of course, available throughout the event, however only glasses and jugs will be offered. No one-use bottled water will be available and we look forward to refilling our bottles with you in Sydney in April!