AMS Green Conference Guidelines
As a scientific and professional organization whose members are keenly aware of environmental issues, the AMS strives to be in the forefront of environmental stewardship. As atmospheric scientists, many members of the Society are particularly concerned about rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and associated climate change. The AMS Committee on Environmental Responsibility (http://www.ametsoc.org/committeepges/envres/index.html) created guidelines that summarize the Society’s commitment to conducting conferences in a manner that stresses the responsible use of natural resources and the minimization of greenhouse gas emissions and other waste and pollutants. These guidelines are provided for coordinators, committees, contractors, and all AMS members, as well as AMS staff, and aim to educate and inspire continued mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions both within AMS and the larger society. These guidelines will be reevaluated as technologies and mitigation options continue to develop. Further information is available online. Broader recommendations for organizing meetings are offered in the Professional Guidance Statement on Green Meetings. If you are interested in joining the AMS Committee on Environmental Responsibility, please contact Claudia Gorski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note that we will have recycling areas near the registration desk and the information desk for attendees that would like to recycle their program and/or plastic badge holder
AMS recognizes that personal travel to its professional meetings likely represents the largest contribution to the carbon footprint of its meetings and is probably a significant fraction of each attendee’s personal carbon footprint. The average round-trip commercial flight to an AMS meeting is about 1000 miles and produces roughly 1700 lb of CO2 per passenger. Consistent with the AMS Policy Statement on Climate Change, and in an effort to reduce emissions, the AMS asks meeting participants to consider measures to offset the climate impacts of traveling to its meetings. At this time, AMS encourages either personal actions to reduce emissions or purchasing carbon offsets. Details of each approach are available on the Society’s Web site.
Phoenix Convention Center’s Ongoing Sustainability Initiatives
From the ground up, the Phoenix Convention Center was designed to create a sustainable operation that provides an energy-efficient venue and serves as a steward for the environment. Several programs and initiatives have been implemented as part of the convention center’s expansion, as well as in its daily operations, to ensure the facility minimizes its impact on the environment. More information on this building and its earth-friendly initiatives may be found online.