Sustainability

Sustainability at World Workplace

IFMA is committed to hosting a conference that promotes sustainable business practices and minimizes the carbon footprint of the event.

Our sustainable event policies and practices include:

  • Recycling: Bins are located throughout the convention center for recycling papers, used cans and bottles, and conference name badges for reuse at future IFMA events.
  • Reduced Paper Usage: Primary distribution of event information via website and email. Minimal on-site materials and handouts. Post-conference panel notes, presentations and proceedings available on the event website. Online session evaluations.
  • Conference Surplus: Table centerpieces, foam core and other materials and supplies are recycled or donated to a local school or charity.
  • Food/Catering: As often as possible, disposable cups are replaced with reusable mugs and/or eco products. Disposable cutlery is replaced with reusable silverware and/or cornstarch compostables. Locally grown purveyors or fair trade products are used when available. Surplus catering is donated to a local charity.
  • Travel/Carbon Offsets: Travel is a necessity for many of our attendees and exhibitors. Some companies and organizations have internal sustainability strategies in place. If you would like to calculate your carbon footprint in this area of sustainability, you’ll find the following links helpful:

  • Terra Pass Carbon Footprint Calculator
  • CarbonFootprint.com Calculator
  • Close enough to drive? Calculate your driving distance, time, costs and carbon footprint »
  • IFMA’s Sustainable Exhibitor Program All exhibitors have been invited to participate in this program, which recognizes outstanding efforts in successfully demonstrating sustainable practices.Learn more.
  • How high-performance is your facility? <use Energy Star and Challenge logos >

 


Find out with IFMA’s ENERGY STAR© Challenge. Learn to maximize energy efficiency and compare your facility to those managed by other IFMA members. Set up your ENERGY STAR building profile to share data through our IFMA Master Account. All it takes is five steps and five minutes. Visit ifma.org/sustainability for details.
Chapter and Council winners will be announced at World Workplace 2014!

Sustainability on location

New Orleans

Getting around New Orleans is easy. The New Orleans Central Business District has a Walk Score of 91 and a Bike Score of 71, making this an area that is easy to get around by foot and bike. The New Orleans has an extensive network of buses and streetcars that winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. Visit the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for fares and routes for Street Cars and busses.

New Orleans has adopted GreeNOLA, a strategic plan to make the city more sustainable. New Orleans is one of the 8 partner cities of the RE.invest initiative, which is a collaborative initiative created to help cities develop more sustainable and integrated networks.  New Orleans aspires to become a national model of resiliency by 2018, leading and supporting efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, building well-integrated and livable communities, and working to strategically rebuild the city as a model for sustainability. For information on other sustainable projects in New Orleans:  http://www.gogreennola.org

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC) has a commitment to sustainable business practices.  NOMCC has a specific focus on four major components – waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation and clean air practices and is currently seeking LEED Certification for the facility

Loews Hotel – Headquarters hotel 

Loews Hotel & Resorts has a commitment to reducing its’ environmental impact by partnering with ENERGY STAR and implementing Green standards.  These practices include food donations, linen policy, banquet recycling, eco-friendly inks and paper, energy technologies, green training and green teams. The hotel also has a Good Neighborhood Policy, which is a community outreach program to address issues including hunger relief, literacy, green practices, volunteerism and the arts.

Participate. Cooperate.

IFMA follows a set of sustainable policies and practices at all of our events. We encourage our attendees, partners, exhibitors and sponsors and to join us in reducing our carbon footprint.

 Recycling: Drop unwanted papers, used cans and bottles in recycling bins located throughout the convention center. Drop your conference name badge in recycling bins for reuse at future IFMA events.

 Go Paperless: Take electronic notes. Exchange contact information with a Smartphone app. Access session handouts, post-conference panel notes, proceedings and session evaluations on the World Workplace website.

 Conference Surplus: Following World Workplace, table centerpieces, foam core, and other materials and supplies are donated to a local school or charity.

 Food/Catering: As often as possible, disposable cups are replaced with reusable mugs and/or eco products. Disposable cutlery is replaced with reusable silverware and/or cornstarch compostables. Trash bags are compostable/biodegradable. Locally grown purveyors or fair trade products are used when available. Surplus catering is donated to a local charity.

 Travel/Carbon Offsets: Travel is a necessity for many of our attendees and exhibitors. Some companies and organizations have internal sustainability strategies in place. If you would like to calculate your carbon footprint in this area of sustainability, you’ll find the following links helpful:

Terra Pass Carbon Footprint Calculator

CarbonFootprint.com Calculator

Close enough to drive? Calculate your driving distance, time, costs and carbon footprint »