Sustainability at GreenBiz 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 San Jose 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.
Waste and Materials
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.
Office Supply Donation with LiquiDonate
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.
Reducing Printed Materials with our Conference App
In the place of printed programs, the Whova app offers the best option for accessing the program on-site, connecting with fellow attendees and keeping up with all that GreenBiz 24 has to offer. Be sure to download the app or access it on your desktop to view the most up-to-date event program. By using the conference app, you are helping to reduce paper use at GreenBiz 24. Stay tuned for details on when the GreenBiz 24 app will be live!
Composting with R.City
R.City's mission is to connect residents and businesses to local farming, closing the gap in our society between our food and where it comes from, and reducing food waste from entering our landfills. The inspiration for starting R.City sprouted from the idea of creating a full-circle service by sending food waste to the same farmer that provides your produce. All of the food waste collected by R.City goes directly to their farm where they compost it themselves. They use the finished compost on the farm to grow produce (without the use of chemicals or pesticides). The produce is then available for purchase – completing the full-circle of our service.
Carbon, Plastic, Energy and Water
Carbon Removal with Carbon Direct
This year GreenBiz is partnering exclusively with Carbon Direct to deliver a portfolio of high-quality carbon removals for emissions associated with attendance at GreenBiz 24 and other GreenBiz events. The carbon removals provided by Carbon Direct will cover 50% of event emissions through a curated portfolio of credits independently evaluated against their criteria for high-quality carbon removal. The carbon removal credits provided by Carbon Direct are a diversified portfolio of hybrid and nature-based projects. Every project is vetted for additionality, durability, carbon accounting method, harms and benefits to the local environment and community, environmental justice, leakage and MRV.
Carbon Reduction with Watershed
We've partnered with Watershed, the enterprise climate platform, to measure the carbon footprint of our business operations and our large, in-person events. Watershed's mission is to help decarbonize the global economy by giving companies the tools and services they need to take meaningful action on their greenhouse gas emissions. Their platform allows businesses like ours to measure and analyze their complete carbon footprint, take action to reduce and remove those emissions, and report on progress to stakeholders and regulators. Watershed helps companies around the world turn their net zero ambitions into reality, fast.
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.
Tree Planting with One Tree Planted
We have partnered with the global reforestation nonprofit One Tree Planted to plant 4,000 trees on behalf of conference attendees. Reforestation helps to restore forests that have been degraded or deforested, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity habitat.
One Tree Planted is on a mission to make it simple for individuals, businesses, and foundations to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and environmental organizations to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Many projects have overlapping objectives that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.