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5IMDC: Going GREEN!

Work is currently underway to ensure that this conference is as green as possible.  After all, the conference is all about marine debris, one of the most pervasive pollution problems facing the world’s oceans and waterways.

From the 5IMDC Steering Committee:
“The Steering Committee of the 5th International Marine Debris Conference is committed to making this conference as environmentally friendly as possible. Significant efforts are being made to ensure the impact of conference activities on the environment is minimized. The Committee strongly supports continuous improvement and strengthening of these efforts.”

If you have other great tips on being green during the 5IMDC, please send them to 5imdconf@gmail.com.

TIPS ON BEING GREEN AT THE 5IMDC!

  • Calculate your carbon footprint and consider offsets for flights and hotel stay (Note – we are not advocating that you should purchase carbon offsets. This information is only intended to provide you a variety of tools to calculate a carbon footprint).
  • Try to carpool with other participants, and choose hybrid vehicles when possible! It’s a great way to get to know others in this field.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle and mug for beverages at the conference, including field trips.
  • Support sustainable food vendors and eat locally! Check out Eat Well Guide’s local sustainable food map. Just search the zip code 96815.
  • Consider your daily room cleaning service needs, and remember to turn out lights and unplug unnecessary battery charge cords.
  • Encourage others to be as sustainable as possible!
  • Remember that everywhere, especially in the Hawaiian Islands, the land and sea are extremely connected! What you do on land will likely have an impact on our oceans.

 

MORE ON CONFERENCE PLANNING EFFORTS TO BE GREEN

  • Conference Venue: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Paper and printed products will be minimized as much as possible. All conference documents will be made available to each registered participant on a complimentary 5IMDC sustainable bamboo USB drive on a 100% recycled polyethylene (e.g., plastic bottles) lanyard.
  • Conference bags will be provided to registered participants to help prevent paper flyaways. They are made out of 100% recycled polyethylene.
  • Beverages served at conference in plastic containers or aluminum cans will be limited.

 

YOU CAN HELP PREVENT MARINE DEBRIS EVERY DAY!

Marine debris is everyone’s problem. But no matter who you are, you can make a difference! Here’s more about how YOU can help:

  • Get involved! Participate in local cleanups in your area.
  • Remember that the land and sea, no matter where you are, are connected.
  • Reduce the amount of waste you produce.
  • Reuse items whenever possible! Choose reusable items over disposable ones.
  • Recycle as much as possible! Bottles, cans, cell phones, ink cartridges, and many other items can be recycled!
  • Dispose of your trash properly.
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