RSNA Continues Efforts to Lighten Environmental Footprint
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Together we did a great job in 2014 – help us do even better this year!
RSNA is committed to hosting one of the greenest and cleanest meetings in the industry. Thanks to the efforts of vendors, attendees and volunteers, RSNA 2014 recycling efforts created a facility diversion rate of 63 percent. Waste diversion generates a host of environmental, financial and social benefits, including conserving energy, reducing disposal costs and reducing the burden on landfills and other waste disposal methods. The environmental impact of RSNA's efforts during its last four meetings can be described as having saved approximately 14,000 trees; 307,000 gallons of oil; 3.3 million kilowatts of electricity; nearly 5.7 million gallons of water; and more than 2,500 yards of landfill space.
RSNA continues to work with vendors that strive to create sustainable meeting environments:
McCormick Place became an EPA Green Power Partnership in 2014 and was recognized in the EPA's Green Power Leadership Club for Exemplary Green Power rankings. All electrical consumption for RSNA 2015 is offset with 100 percent Green-e Wind Energy Certificates.
McCormick Place caterer SAVOR...Chicago has been recognized for its sustainability leadership and innovation including Green Seal Certification, International APEX certification in sustainability for the entire McCormick Place campus, certification by the Green Meetings Industry Council, an Illinois Governor's Award for sustainability, and recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for leadership, education and outreach, including winning the EPA's national Food Recovery Challenge.
Chicago has seven certified Green Seal and six LEED certified hotels, adhering to exacting environmental standards of energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and waste reduction. Chicago's visitors can easily identify eco-friendly dining options with the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition's (GCRC) Guaranteed Green distinction. GCRC is dedicated to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources by helping the Chicago foodservice industry reduce its collective environmental footprint. Locations that display the Guaranteed Green 'sprouting fork' decal in their window are guaranteed to be certified by either the Green Restaurant Association or Green Seal with comprehensive environmental standards.
Green Meeting Activities
What RSNA 2015 Attendees Can Do
Here are some ways that you can make a difference and help RSNA present an event that is environmentally mindful and socially responsible:
- Recycle paper, bottles, cans and general waste in receptacles throughout McCormick Place.
- Use RSNA's expansive selection of electronic documentation for its annual meeting, such as QR codes, apps and mobile-optimized tools as an alternative to printed materials.
- Ride the complimentary Metra train and shuttle buses to/from McCormick Place or share a cab with fellow attendees. Use the discounted airport shuttle service via Go Airport Express. Of note, traveling in a shared airport shuttle saves 60 percent of a person's carbon footprint compared to traveling in a taxi.
- Bring your own refillable coffee mug or beverage bottle and receive 25 cents off any fresh brewed drip coffee or fountain beverage purchase at food outlets in McCormick Place (excluding Connie's Pizza and McDonald's).
- Fill up your water bottle at McCormick Place EZH2O filling stations, which minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment. Stations have a Green Ticker display that counts the number of bottles saved from waste and a visual LED status filter monitor.
What RSNA and Its Vendors are Doing
RSNA, McCormick Place, SAVOR...Chicago catering and the City of Chicago are committed to making RSNA 2015 a cleaner and greener meeting through many activities and programs:
- Minimizing energy by reducing lights, power, escalators and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) during move-in/move-out in the exhibit halls and meeting rooms when not in use and using compact fluorescent lights throughout the convention center in place of incandescent lamps. Do your part by turning off the lights, electronics and heat in your hotel room when it's unoccupied.
- Utilizing new ECA (Electro-Chemical Activation) devices at McCormick Place, which allow the convention center to produce its own detergents and sanitizers using only tap water, salt and electricity.
- Reserving a portion of parking in Lot A for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
- Creating a massive rooftop garden at McCormick Place – the largest in the Midwest – to provide six to eight thousand pounds of produce. The vegetables are incorporated into dishes served in catering and restaurants.
- Sorting garbage into compost, recycling and landfill.
- Donating food to local charities.
- Incorporating food selection sourcing, method and preparation, and seasonality into consideration when designing menus for both catering and restaurant operations. Following sustainable seafood guidelines in restaurants and catering.