This is a public facing companion to the #greener-events channel in the CAT slack workspace. While we post links, insights and summaries into that channel, it’s not all that discoverable, so as an experiement, things that are worth sharing for a longer period will end up here.
This is a wiki post, so if you’re a member of CAT you should be able to add your own links, and content
add common questions here - you don’t need to add a matching answer for it, but a helpful soul might add to it (hint hint…)
I’m running an event. Where should I start first when thinking about the environmental impact?
Travel will usually make up the lion’s share. In most cases it makes up more than half for a conference with international attendees. Consider offsetting attendee travel emissions or provide virtual events.
For local events, focus on: reducing energy consumption, sustainable sourcing of food/beverages, and waste reduction/diversion.
Can someone help me with event planning?
Yes! There are event planners that specialize in sustainability and zero waste. If you have a hard time finding one, consider calling different venues and asking if they have green event planners that they work with.
How do I pick a green venue?
- Check for certifications & awards (Level one ASTM Standard, Four Green Keys, LEED).
- Make sure their waste diversion system includes recycling & composting.
- Ask if they source products and food sustainably.
More information: climaterealityproject.org
Guides & General Links
- ACM’s Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices (April 2020)
- A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference Model: White Paper/Practical Guide
- CARE standards for CArbon REduced - another nee format for conferenced *
- Sustainable Event Management 2019 Guide: A guide by event managers, including a checklist.
- UN Green Meeting Guides
- NYC 10 Tips for Green Meetings: City-specific considerations
- Interesting piece in nature magazine on low carbon conferences
- Why I’m not at Taco Tuesday - a blog post about not flying to KubeCons & the environment impact of events
- See the Flying Less in Academia Guide
- Conference Carbon Footprinting Tool: for calculating the footprint of an event (HT @Chris_Adams_Disco_Te )
- MeetGreen Calculator: for benchmarking the sustainable elements of your events. ($495)
Example conferences and events
- Wikimania 2019 wrote about accounting for their own carbon footprint and the steps they took to mitigate it. Wikimania’s sustainability page on the wiki
- DotConference - they also shared their workings in a jupyter notebook
- New Adventures Conference
- Big list of Virtual, Digital, or Multi-Hub Conferences at the Flying Less in Academia Guide
Tools and ideas for running remote events or remote participation
- hopin.to new VC backed venture (has anyone used it?)
- runtheworld.today another new platform (has anyone used it?)
- qube.cc (has anyone used it?)
- Keshav at Cambridge’s list of links
- Remote workshops guide from #designandclimate
- Platforms including google Meet, Webex and zoom are offering free services for some groups in 2020 in response to coronavirus
- Edgeryders guide to remote collaboration
- SecondLife - has been used since 2008 for remote conference participation, offers an unusual ‘corridor track’ setting!
- Miro online whiteboarding
- Mural online whiteboarding
Other sources of inspiration
- Heather Leson’s thread on global virtual events
- Climate change and higher education blog post
- RemoteCon - a remote conference on remote work
- ODI remote work resources
- remote teaching/pedagogy
- Mozilla open leaders tips for online meetings
Who’s doing work in this field? Whose work would you follow or ask for advice?