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Sustainability Programs

Circularity 24

Sustainability at Circularity 24

It’s our priority to ensure that our event operations reflect the same values we promote at our conferences - from minimizing and diverting our waste to strategically planning our menus to partnering with innovative organizations who share our goals, we put sustainability at the forefront of the conference planning process. Explore some of our programs and partnerships below to learn more about what exactly we’re doing to live by our values.

GreenBiz Food Policy

We envision meals at GreenBiz events to be plant-rich, inclusive, delicious, abundant and waste-free. We engage the foodservice teams at all venues we collaborate with on creating low-carbon menus that respect diverse dietary preferences and nourish our guests — balancing our sustainability goals with the needs of our community and the venue’s capabilities. We also work with the venue team to address food waste every step of the way, continuing our learnings from our 2023 Astrapto Food Waste Training


Food Donation with Copia

We're partnering with Copia to redistribute all of our surplus food to nonprofits in the Chicago community. In America today, 40% of the food we produce goes wasted, while 1 in 6 people are food insecure. What this means: hunger in our country is not a scarcity problem, it's a logistics problem. Copia is the first technology-enabled food recovery solution. They've built industry-leading logistics to solve hunger and food waste at scale, and GreenBiz is proud to be part of the solution. 

In 2022, Copia enabled us to donate over 2,000 lbs of food to the communities we host our in-person events in. This translated to over 200,000 gallons of water saved and over 9,000 lbs of CO2 emissions avoided.


Menu Planning with Greener by Default

We’ve partnered with Greener by Default, which consults with events and institutions to apply behavioral science to food policy, nudging diners towards sustainable plant-based options while preserving freedom of choice.

Buffet of food

Material Recovery and Waste Reduction

Materials + Destination = Circularity

We’ve partnered with Replenysh to enable material destination with full traceability. During the event, materials and compostables are collected source-separated; Replenysh’s technology then categorizes, routes, and tracks each material to end-markets. The materials are then reintroduced into a brand’s supply chain. Replenysh enables brands to retrieve net-new circular material streams from businesses and communities with unprecedented transparency.


Circular Lanyards with Debrand

We've teamed up with Debrand to produce Circularity 24's circular lanyards, designed with end-of-life in mind. As part of our waste reduction initiative, collection bins throughout the venue will allow attendees to return lanyards for Debrand's assessment—sorting for reuse (post-sanitization) or recycling. Debrand highlights the importance of sorting for reuse, recycling, and responsible disposal of textiles.


Office Supply Donation with LiquiDonate

We're partnering with LiquiDonate to facilitate excess office supply donation. LiquiDonate is a software-based sustainability solution for businesses dealing with excess inventory. The platform matches inventory, like retail returns, liquidations, or conference materials with local nonprofits and schools, saving companies money while helping them meet their ESG goals. LiquiDonate makes it easy for brands to minimize waste and maximize impact.


Tackling Hard-to-Recycle Waste with TerraCycle

Our Partnership with TerraCycle makes it possible to divert waste by recycling things that are not accepted by curbside services. Hard-to-recycle trash can be deposited in the Zero Waste Boxes with the corresponding waste stream found throughout the event venue. TerraCycle is an international and award-winning waste management company with a mission to eliminate the idea of waste. 


Sustainable Printing with YBC

We have partnered with YBC Production to prioritize sustainability when it comes to all of our signage. YBC Production is dedicated to extending your brand presence, without extending your carbon footprint. By recycling all eligible consumables, exclusively utilizing eco-friendly inks, and prioritizing the offset of our own carbon footprint, we print with a purpose.

Learn more about YBC's commitment to sustainability here.

greenfin signage

Reusable Cups with R.World

We’ve partnered with r.World, to reduce single-use waste at the event. r.World is the nation’s No. 1 reuse platform, focused on building the infrastructure, platform and movement for the reuse economy. r.World provides simple, turnkey and cost-effective reusable alternatives - including r.Cup reusable cups and r.Ware reusable food ware containers - to replace single-use disposables. r.World makes reuse easy by providing a wide variety of reusable cups and containers, collection bins, delivery & pick-up logistics, industrial wash facilities, program training, and more. r.World works with the world’s leading brands, national and local companies, corporate campuses, convention centers, venues, theaters, aquariums, zoos, and cultural institutions across the country...anywhere there is single-use waste.

Carbon, Water + Plastic

Calculating our Carbon Footprint with Sustain.Life

Sustain.Life is the SaaS platform—and Certified B Corporation™—that helps future-proof companies by decarbonizing and taking climate action. Launched in 2021, Sustain.Life provides ESG and carbon accounting tools that empower organizations to meet compliance requirements, manage and mitigate carbon emissions, reduce costs, and stand out to customers, investors, and other stakeholders.

Plastic Diversion with RePurpose Global

We're partnering with RePurpose Global to collect and remove 100 nature-bound plastic pouches from the environment for every Circularity 24 attendee. Low-value waste will be collected, upcycled and processed at a rePurpose Imapact project, Sueño Azul in Colombia that empowers waste pickers to tackle plastic waste. 

RePurpose Global is the world's leading Plastic Action Platform dedicated to reducing waste, reviving lives, and restoring nature's balance. Today, they are a movement of conscious businesses and consumers taking action on their plastic footprint by empowering innovators on the frontline.

workers collecting plastic

Mitigating our Carbon Footprint with CNaught

GreenBiz is exclusively partnering with CNaught to mitigate the carbon footprint of GreenBiz’s four largest conferences and to enable every attendee to mitigate the carbon emissions associated with travel to the conferences using a diversified portfolio of high-integrity carbon credits designed in partnership with Calyx Global. The portfolio includes Calyx Global A-rated avoided emissions credits and B+-rated nature-based removal credits, from at least three projects. Each project produces credits in the top 10% of Calyx-Global-rated credits for greenhouse gas integrity and has been subject to an Environmental and Social Risk screening designed to surface non-carbon risks.


Water Restoration with BEF

Business for Water Stewardship (BWS), a program of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), helps businesses work collaboratively with community and policy stakeholders to advance solutions that ensure people, economies, and ecosystems have enough clean water to flourish. BWS unlocks collective corporate action to accelerate real, measurable, and lasting water solutions. Since 2009, BEF has facilitated 100 corporate partners providing $28M in funding support to fund 450 water projects resorting over 45 Billion gallons of water to date.


bridge over water