Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Leading the Way in Eco-Friendly Events

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainable world-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Inspired by the practices implemented at Oracle OpenWorld, in 2011 the Oracle Event Marketing team initiated a program to "green" all event marketing activities. What began as a pilot project at 36 events in 25 countries has grown significantly and influenced better, smarter sustainable practices. Since 2011 Oracle impacted 152 cities with 3,255 green events, saving more than $800,000 thanks to sustainability initiatives.

Oracle implements sustainability practices adhering to the following guidelines:

· Waste not: Promote zero waste

· Be cool: Model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events

· Give back: Catalyze legacies to benefit host destinations

· Have fun: Inspire event attendees through engaging sustainability experiences

At Oracle Openworld Shanghai for example, 10,000 pieces of plastic were eliminated by serving lunches in reusable boxes that were donated after the event, 50% of the disposable signs were eliminated compared to the previous event by using digital signage onsite, and 60% of waste was diverted from landfill, including 100% of food waste, aligning with Oracle’s zero waste initiative. At HCM World, waste programs prevented the emission of 14 metric tons of carbon, representing nearly half the carbon footprint of guest rooms and meeting space. The Fitbit Wellness Program encouraged attendees to record steps taken during the event, resulting both in a donation to a health-oriented charity and in engaging and fun activities for all attendees. If you want to know more about how Oracle performed in the field this year, look at this report here

Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Prioritizes Sustainability

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

Since 2008, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainable world-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Its flagship events, Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, continuously implement innovative practices that reduce negative impacts on the environment and create community benefits. In 2013 Oracle adopted a five-year sustainability plan based on these principles:

  1. Waste not: produce zero waste to landfill by 2018.
  2. Be “cool”er: model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events.
  3. Give back: catalyze legacies to benefit the host destination and the event industry.
  4. Have fun: inspire attendees through engaging sustainability experiences.

Oracle is working to continuously improve Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne in ways that reduce negative impacts and create community benefits. Some of the top sustainability wins include:

· JAVAONE DEVOXX4KIDS: Oracle, Oracle Academy and Devoxx4Kids hosted this fun, one-day event which engaged 150 youth in learning more about programming, robotics and engineering.

· MOSCONE PILOT WASTE SORT: Two additional waste sorting stations at Moscone Center helped address waste contamination issues revealed in the 2013 event waste audit.

· EARTH-SMART MENU CHOICES: New steps in 2014 included more vegetarian meals, lower-footprint protein choices and the use of “imperfectly delicious” produce.

· APPRECIATION EVENT: 86% of waste from Oracle’s customer party was diverted from landfill, down from a high of 91% in 2012. In spite of lower diversion, waste was 10.9 metric tons less in 2014 than 2012. Generator fuel use for this event also dropped by 15% since 2013.

For more information read the Oracle OpenWorld Event Sustainability Report here

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Sustainability Activities at Oracle OpenWorld

Close to 50,000 participants will come to San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne events, held September 30-October 4, 2012 at Moscone Center. Oracle is very conscious of the impact that these events have on the environment and, as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, has developed a sustainable event program─now in its fifth year─that aims to maximize positive benefits and minimize negative impacts in a variety of ways. Click here for more details.

At the Oracle OpenWorld conference, there will be many sessions and even a hands-on lab which discuss the sustainability solutions that Oracle provides for our customers. I wanted to highlight a few of those sessions here so if you will be at Oracle OpenWorld, you can make sure to attend them.

One of the most compelling sessions promises to be our “Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards and the Business Case for Sustainability” session on Wednesday, October 3 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Moscone West 3005. Oracle Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley, Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley, and other Oracle executives will honor select customers with Oracle's Eco-Enterprise Innovation award. This award recognizes customers and their respective partners who rely on Oracle products to support their green business practices in order to reduce their environmental impact, while improving business efficiencies and reducing costs.

Another interesting session is the “Tracking, Reporting, and Reducing Environmental Impact with Oracle Solutions” which occurs on Monday, October 1 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Moscone West Room 2022. This session covers Oracle’s overall sustainability strategy as well as Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting (EA&R), which leverages Oracle ERP and BI solutions for accurate, efficient tracking of energy, emissions, and other environmental data. If you want more details, make sure to visit the hands-on lab titled “Oracle Environmental Accounting & Reporting for Integrated Sustainability Reporting”. This hour-long lab will take place on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the Marriott Marquis Hotel-Nob Hill CD. Here you can learn how to use Oracle EA&R to collect sustainability-related data in an efficient and reliable manner as part of existing business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite or JD Edwards Enterprise One. Register for this hands-on lab here.

 

Thursday May 24, 2012

Nominations Due July 17 for Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards

Are you using Oracle products to reduce your environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle Self-Service E-Billing for paperless invoicing or Oracle Advanced Compression for reduced disk space and power usage. You may be eligible for Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence awards. Submit a nomination form located here by July 17 if your company is using any of Oracle's products to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve your business efficiencies by using green business practices. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (September 30-October 4) in San Francisco.

A customer, their partner, or Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer. Tell us how you use Oracle products to help protect the environment and improve your operational effficiency. Winners will be selected based on the extent of the environmental impact they have had as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. To be eligible for this award, your company must use at least one of Oracle’s products and the solution should be in production or in active development.

These awards will be presented to the winning customers and their partners during Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle’s Chairman of the Board and will be honored in a special Oracle OpenWorld conference session. Winning customers will receive a free Oracle OpenWorld registration pass and will have the opportunity to participate in Oracle media opportunities and inclusion in Oracle Magazine. See last year's winners here.

Tuesday Sep 20, 2011

Sustainability at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle will again have a strong sustainability focus at its upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference on October 2-6 in San Francisco. There will be plenty of sustainability sessions where Oracle customers and sustainability experts will discuss how Oracle products help customers reduce their carbon footprint as well as reduce their costs. Did you know that Oracle has been running Oracle OpenWorld as a model sustainable event since 2007?

Learn about all the sustainability-related activities during Oracle OpenWorld. But if you can't make it to everything, make sure you don't miss:

  • Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards and the Business Case for Sustainability (Session 27126)
    Wednesday Oct. 5, 10:15 a.m. -- Moscone West Room 2003
    In this executive session, Oracle's Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley honors 12 customers with Oracle's Eco-Enterprise Innovation award. These awards are presented to select customers and their partners that are using Oracle products to both take an environmental lead as well as improve their business efficiencies by engaging in green business practices. The awards presentation is followed by a lively discussion with a panel of customers and Oracle executives who will discuss sustainability strategies for business operational efficiency using Oracle products.
  • Introducing Oracle E-Business Suite Environmental Accounting and Reporting (Session 18012)
    Monday Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m. -- Moscone West Room 3011
    Learn about Oracle's new product that enables companies to collect the necessary information for reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste, and other environmental metrics.
  • Make sure to visit the demogrounds -- especially the demo booth for Oracle Sustainability Solutions for Enabling the Eco-Enterprise in Moscone West, Demo Booth 8160

There are lots more sustainability-focused sessions, including Sustainability Reporting: Integrating with Financial Reporting; Sustainability Sensor Data Management: Trends, Strategy, and What's New; and Why Should Utilities Care About Global Standards for Sustainability Reporting? It should be another great year for sustainability at Oracle OpenWorld.

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