It’s Always Earth Day at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle’s Sustained Commitment Extends to Our Events

trashcan.gifEarth Day dawned hours ago in Japan, where Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo kicked off today. As the show gets up to speed, attendees are seeing our committed effort to ensuring that—like all our events—this show is as green as possible.

For Oracle OpenWorld 2009 in San Francisco, we are continuing a great deal of the green initiatives we implemented last year, including moving away from bottled water use. But instead of providing you with drinking water from the five-gallon containers we used for the 2008 event, we have been working with the Moscone Center and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to use San Francisco Municipal drinking water for all your thirst-quenching needs.

We are also increasing the number of official Oracle OpenWorld hotels near Union Square so that you have more options within walking distance to the Moscone Center. If you end up staying near the airport or on the peninsula, public transportation options, including BART and Muni, will be the best way to get you in to San Francisco.

Another change for the 2009 show is to the Green Room sessions. Attendees were extremely enthusiastic about the information in those sessions last year. So, to make this vital information even more accessible this year, we are fully incorporating it into the other tracks. You’ll see sessions on greener data centers, software that helps you achieve your environmental initiatives, and cutting costs through reducing energy use offered along side customer case studies and product announcements.

Additionally, we have partnered with Champion Exposition Services, Hartmann Studios, George P. Johnson, the Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau to develop more online offerings for you. These new virtual events will allow your avatars to isolate their carbon footprints to the digital world while navigating from event to event.

We’re very concerned about our environmental impact, not just during the show, but year-round. We recognize the importance of Earth Day, and love the awareness it raises. But we all need to make sure that the changes we implement in honor of Earth Day are sustained every day. Let us know what changes you are making today, or what changes you’d like to see us make for a greener show, a greener world, and a greener tomorrow.


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