The PanSIG conference has had an Environmental officer since 2014, and we have been working to improve the environmental performance of the conference.
This includes local sourcing of sustainable products, reducing waste, and increasing recycling. Since some environmental impact is inevitable, especially from transport, we have also been arranging carbon offsets to compensate for our carbon footprint.
At the 2015 Kobe conference, we collected 38,500 yen from attendees, which we contributed to a solar power generation project in Hyogo Prefecture.
At the 2016 Okinawa conference, we collected 74,000 yen from attendees, which we contributed to coral protection projects via Okinawa Prefecture Envrionmental Science Center.
The following are estimates of the emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent for recent conferences.
|Year Venue||People||CO2 (tonnes)||Offset %|
Five things you can do
Think about the four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse
Bring your own water bottle, coffee mug, reusable chopsticks
Consider eating a vegetarian meal
Bring a notebook and pen
Bring your own toothbrush
- My Climate
- Green JALT blog
- Greening PanSIG (The 2015 PanSIG Journal, pp. 23-30)
- David Suzuki: Top 10 ways you can stop climate change