For the 2016 QCBS symposium we have set a goal of producing less than 27 grams of pure waste – non-recyclable and non-compostable waste – per person, per day
Several measures will be implemented in order to reduce the environmental impacts at the event by a group of students of the QCBS in collaboration with the Conseil Quebecois des Evenements Responsables http://evenementecoresponsable.com/en/
MEASURES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ADOPTED FOR THE 2016 SYMPOSIUM:
- Selection of suppliers;
- Prioritization of local suppliers;
- Prioritization of suppliers committed to sustainable development.
- Management of materials, energy sources and water;
- Reducing the usage of materials;
- Renting materials available on-site;
- Purchasing material that is recyclable or reusable each year;
- Purchasing material that is local and/or certified organic and/or equitable;
- Choosing non-hazardous materials;
- Implementing energy efficiency measures;
- Reducing water consumption and prioritizing solutions that leave a minimal environmental footprint;
- Eliminating the use of water bottles;
- Promoting suppliers who take measures to reduce water consumption.
- Waste product management
- Application of the 4RV principle (rethinking, reducing, reusing, recycling, validating);
- Recommending a minimal amount of packaging material;
- Asking the participants to contribute to a sound waste management;
- Organizing a green brigade to uphold healthy waste management principles;
- Putting recycling and composting equipments on-site.
- Selection of food supply
- Using washable and reusable dishes;
- Changing the menus towards local, biological and/or equitable food;
- Prioritizing foods with a recognized certification (ex. Aliments Québec);
- Offering a vegetarian menu;
- Avoiding food surplus;
- If necessary, redistributing the excess food without charge to organisations for people in need.
- Selection of modes of transportation
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
- Choosing a location accessible by public transportation;
- Encouraging the participants to use public transit, active transportation or to carpool;
- Suggesting hotels in proximity of the location of the event and/or easily accessible by public transit;
- Compensating greenhouse gas emissions by the participants and the organizing committee in double.
- Communication and awareness
- Raising awareness among the participants to different eco-responsible actions implemented;
- Encourage the visitors to participate in the achievement of the objectives of waste management;
- Prioritize coherent communication methods (electronic);
- If paper use is required, encourage the use of recycled paper, vegetable-based ink and/or two-sided printing;
- Facilitating the participation of the QCBS student members to the event;
- Organizing and raising awareness among the volunteers in the application of eco-responsible principles.
Following the symposium, an assessment of the measures implemented will confirm the attainment of objectives and quantify the avoided impacts.
DO YOUR PART:
Here are a few suggestions to contribute to the reduction of negative environmental impacts at the symposium:
- From the airport, use the shuttle service (bus 747);
- Use public transit, an active mode of transportation or carpool;
- Complete the questionnaire on your means of transportation;
- Minimize paper usage;
- Discard your waste in the appropriate containers (recycling, compost, waste);
- Bring and use a refillable bottle for water or coffee.
Thank you for your cooperation!