The city of Orlando, the convention center, many of the hotels, and the meeting organizers are very conscious of the negative impact that meetings have on our environment. Efforts have been made to reduce the environmental impact of this meeting and below are some of the ways that we are working to do so. We urge all conference attendees to do the same and to check with your hotel on their recycling and environmental impacts.
The convention center is ISO:14001:2004 certified for its Environmental Management System including their recycling efforts. There are trash receptacles throughout the center for recycling of waste. Other efforts include pilot testing of touch-free air blowing hand dryers, waterless, touch-free urinals, touch-free soap and hand sanitizer dispensers, and recycled tissues and hand towels. The convention center also uses “green certified” cleaning products.
The meeting web site has been used as much as possible to reduce printing, including the posting of the Call for Papers and abstracts. We encourage participants to walk to the convention center from the area hotels and will not be running shuttle buses.