[OSGeo-Conf] Awake some awareness on leaving waste and raise our CO2 footprint after F4G events
till.adams at fossgis.de
Tue Jul 25 09:15:00 PDT 2017
Hi Michael, @ConfCOmm,
many thanks for the many contributions! Didn't expect that much response
in such a short time ;-).
I've drafted a first text about this in the FOss4G Handbook here:
Feel free to change/add/comment!
Am 25.07.2017 um 13:50 schrieb Michael Terner:
> Just some quick comments from the Boston team. I think it is fair to
> say that we have an environmental awareness and are doing what we can.
> Some things we can control, other things are controlled by the venue.
> But here is some of what we're looking at (and we do support guidance
> to future LOCs):
> * We are going +/- "paperless" for our program. Our web/phone app is
> already downloadable from the website.
> * Our gala will be using single-use but compostable place
> settings/utensils (our Aquarium, the gala site, is extremely
> eco-aware and eco-friendly)
> * Massachusetts has a strong "bottle bill" and all drink
> cans/bottles will be recycled as there is a $.05 return to be
> * We are in the process of finalizing a simple, practical,
> affordable attendee gifts including a reusable water bottle (loved
> the twitter chatter on the success of the GeoCat water bottle) and
> and a simple, reusable shopping bag; both of which can be used
> both at the conference and after
> * Jeroen's point is the most complicated. It is totally fair to
> observe that a summer conference interferes with the European
> vacation norm. But September interferes with the start of the
> North American academic year and it is difficult to travel during
> the start of the school year. And, September costs are
> significantly higher than in the summer in North America. There is
> no perfect time, and there will always be difficulties for some in
> making it to FOSS4G. I think it will be tricky to "bake in" that
> FOSS4G adapts to one particular community's schedule over others'.
> In other words, my perspective is that it should remain up to
> Conference Dev to choose the best proposal that balances timing
> and costs and the creativity of the LOC. Would it be terrible if
> some of the conferences are in Aug, and others in Sept, or Oct? By
> moving around within a window then each community has some
> conferences in the rotation that may be easier, or harder to attend.
> We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Boston; and also to
> seeing the new Call for Proposals for Europe 2019.
> On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 6:16 AM, Till Adams <till.adams at fossgis.de
> <mailto:till.adams at fossgis.de>> wrote:
> I can start woth this these days if okay.
> (I already know of two teams, that are more or less waiting for
> the call)
> Am 24.07.2017 um 22:05 schrieb Steven Feldman:
>> 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
>>> <mailto: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
>>> conferences for justification !!! Both conferences have been
>>> I'd like more to awake our environmental awareness somehow:
>>> We also had this issue on a FOSSGIS few years ago; a lot of
>>> stuff was used for break-caterings. Since this conference, we ask
>>> organizers to only offer recycable tableware and bottles on
>>> When on the one side one of the goals of our community is to
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> (even French winemakers put a green dot on their bottles, to
>>> 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
>>> 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.
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