Getting Greener All the Time, Part 2
By stephen.fox on Nov 24, 2008
Continuing to Size Up the Oracle OpenWorld Footprint
Meeting Strategies Worldwide helped us record and evaluate metrics around a number of important environmental areas. For this second part of our series looking back at the sustainable significance of Oracle OpenWorld 2008, we want share the effect of our efficiency choices regarding paper, water, and awareness.
You may have noticed that the 2008 Oracle OpenWorld Conference Guide was slimmed down considerably compared to last year’s. By printing on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and reducing the number of pages we produced, and by, we were able to save 965 trees, 411,585 gallons of water, and 692 BTUs of energy.
But the show guide wasn’t the only place we looked for ways to reduce our paper consumption. We offered streamlined online schedulers and maps, and let you pick up your badges at the Moscone Center instead of mailing them to you. These changes saved three more trees’ worth of paper and an estimated $11,600 in expenses.
As we mentioned in our last post, we also made a conscious effort to reduce waste on the show floor. The water stations that you used throughout the convention allowed us to eliminate 500,000 plastic bottles. When we look more closely at that number, we find that the water stations provided a much greater savings than just keeping empty plastic bottles out of the garbage. We were also able to save the environmental expense of producing all those bottles for the show’s consumption:
• 594,000 liters of water
• 36,900 kilograms of carbon dioxide
• 6,750 kilograms of oil
• 745,000 megajoules of energy
We made these changes for the environmental savings. But pointing them out to you was also important to us, since a broader awareness might spur you to make changes in your choices as well. We were gratified to find so many of you highlighting our efforts in your blog posts and online discussions, and were excited that some media coverage from the show included news of our green initiatives. In case you missed it, you can still check out the San Francisco Chronicle, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Trading Markets.com stories detailing our environmental endeavors at Oracle OpenWorld 2008.
If you saw something we did right and should repeat, or found a place where we could do even more, please let us know in the comments. As we start planning for the 2009 event, now is the time to tell us how to make the next Oracle OpenWorld even greener.