What do exhibit booths, shuttle buses, boxed lunches, furniture and signs all have in common? They represent all the ways in which Oracle OpenWorld minimizes the environmental impact of its events. Every year we build on our accomplishments from years past and find new and creative ways to decrease our event footprint. When you're at Oracle OpenWorld, take a look around you—our efforts touch on just about everything you see (and don’t see!)
Here are some examples of how we’re working to implement the 4 R’s:
Rethink:In the past, Oracle OpenWorld used exhibit booths that were made of non-renewable materials that could not be recycled once the event ended.We realized that this generated a lot of waste, so we’ve changed the way we think about exhibits.Now, all exhibitors are given the standard ‘green’ option of booths made with recycled content—at no additional cost or effort for the exhibitor.
Reduce: Oracle OpenWorld has been reducing energy usage by increasing the efficiency of the shuttle transportation. We’ve designed routes that include mass transit or walking, we’ve reduced the total number of shuttles that operate between event locations, and we’ve increased the number of fuel-efficient buses and those running on bio-fuels. We’ve also been working on reducing waste by serving lunches using either reusable, recyclable, or compostable plates, cutlery, and napkins. We make sure that after attendees have had the chance to eat, uneaten meals are donated to local charities that serve those in need.
Reuse: Sit in a lounge chair, relax on a couch, or fire up your laptop at a café table and know that all of these furnishings are reused year-to-year. Oracle OpenWorld is proud of its commitment to minimize waste and renting these furnishings, not purchasing them, helps us achieve this goal.
Recycle: At Oracle OpenWorld, we’re focused on improving your event experience, while making sure that the design and décor are as eco-friendly as possible. Signs provide important sources of information, but can also contribute to landfill without a plan for recycling or reuse. At Oracle OpenWorld, we come up with a plan for the 166,000 square feet of signage that is used each year (equal to almost 2.5 football fields!) Last year, we were able to recycle 24% of all the signs and graphics. Of the remainder, 48% was kept for reuse, 16% was donated, and just 11% was sent to landfill.