By Evelyn Neumayr-Oracle on Mar 05, 2015
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:
- Waste not: produce zero waste to landfill by 2018.
- Be “cool”er: model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events.
- Give back: catalyze legacies to benefit the host destination and the event industry.
- 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.