AMS is proud to announce its Green Meetings Initiative for conducting meetings and scientific conferences, which includes working with vendors and locations that support this guidance.
In 2015, as part of a program called the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI), Baltimore was selected as one of three US cities to pilot implementation of 17 new United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1. The Baltimore Office of Sustainability utilized the 17 SDGS to craft its sustainability plan to not only improve the city but encourage community involvement. The 2019 Sustainability Plan integrates the principles of environmental integrity, social equity, and economic prosperity into plans, practices, policies, and partnerships2. These Principles are at the forefront of Baltimore’s sustainability efforts and can be seen in the five pillars of their 2019 Sustainability Plan framework:
Community - In order to strengthen our bonds with neighbors and our community, we must reclaim our connections and move toward a belief in our common humanity. When we do so in an inclusive and equitable way, we can be unstoppable and build something that endures.
Human-Made Systems - Resident input and collaboration is most meaningful and sustainable when communities have working understanding of how the land use, zoning, and urban planning systems impact neighborhood quality of life
Climate & Resilience - Natural hazards cause property and economic damage, and threaten Baltimore’s city-wide utilities, transportation systems, and sewage treatment plants; they also endanger public safety
Nature in the City - Raising awareness about the important role of nature, and fostering the connection between people and nature, requires us to value ourselves and one another
Economy - A local economy is a catalyst for attracting new residents and retaining longtime residents, for fostering job creation and entrepreneurship, and for stimulating new investment
Projects- The Baltimore Office of Sustainability has developed a number of projects that aim to engage and educate the community about sustainability, biodiversity, and recycling.
The Baltimore Convention Center (BCC), located in Downtown Baltimore, is committed to building and implementing an innovative environmental management system that sustains the needs of their daily operations and also serves to educate and benefit their staff, industry partners and clientele on the importance of carbon footprint reduction3. The BCC has grouped their efforts into three main areas: Energy Efficiency, Waste Reduction, & Environmental Design.
The importance of energy efficiency is paramount for the BCC’s ability to stay competitive in the industry by satisfying the client’s requirement to produce greener meetings3
The BCC tackles waste reduction through a variety of avenues.
The Baltimore Convention Center’s design plays an integral role in contributing to the Center’s sustainability initiatives.
Certifications and Continuing Educations
Please view the below resources to discover how the AMS 104th Annual Meeting Accommodations are going green and practicing sustainability: