[OSGeo-Conf] Awake some awareness on leaving waste and raise our CO2 footprint after F4G events

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Mon Jul 24 13:05:17 PDT 2017

We have to start preparing the call for 2019 soon. 

Let’s update the RfP doc to include an environmental section. I expect there are several changes that will need to be made, perhaps a separate thread on the mailing list to gather suggestions

> On 24 Jul 2017, at 14:09, Till Adams <till.adams at fossgis.de> wrote:
> Dear ConfComm!
> There is one issue I'd like to mention and perhaps this is also a topic
> on that we, as a responsible community, should adress to.
> Recently I've been to FOSS4G Europe in Paris and I recognized, that a
> lot of one-way cups and non-returnable bottles were offered during
> breaks. Thinking back to F4G Europe in Como in 2015 there was even
> single-use tableware offered for lunch.
> To make that clear: My goal is not to ask the organizers of the named
> conferences for justification !!! Both conferences have been phantastic
> events!
> I'd like more to awake our environmental awareness somehow:
> We also had this issue on a FOSSGIS few years ago; a lot of single-use
> stuff was used for break-caterings. Since this conference, we ask
> organizers to only offer recycable tableware and bottles on
> FOSSGIS-conferences.
> When on the one side one of the goals of our community is to contribute
> to a better world, it makes not much sense, when we leave amounts of
> waste behind us and have a raising CO2-footprint after every of our events.
> For Bonn we decided not to offer any non-recycable stuff, we also asked
> attendees to balance their CO2-emmission because of flights on a
> voluntary base (eg. atmosfair). To be honest, I don't know if anybody
> did, but at least we tried.
> Maybe that's because I am german and although we sell fraudulent
> diesel-cars, we have a favour for recycable bottles, cans and everything
> (even French winemakers put a green dot on their bottles, to indicate,
> that they are recycable in Germany ;-)) and I also know, that it is
> often not that easy to have this offer in other countries as well - but:
> How about adding a topic "Environmental Responsibility" to our
> "Conference Manual" and encourage future LOC's to have an enhanced eye
> on these kind of topics? We also might request that future bids include
> an abstract on how to handle this issue based on the local
> possibilities. It's up to every ConfComm-member, how to include that
> into his/her voting.
> Till
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