Doe Science news source
The DOE Science News Source is a Newswise initiative to promote research news from the Office of Science of the DOE to the public and news media.
  • 2012-03-26 08:00:00
  • Article ID: 587312

American Chemical Society Documents Key Advances Toward Sustainable National Meetings: First Report of Its Kind From Any Organization

Contact:

Michael Bernstein

m_bernstein@acs.org

619-525-6268 (March 23-28, San Diego Press Center)

202-872-6042

Michael Woods

m_woods@acs.org

619-525-6268 (March 23-28, San Diego Press Center)

202-872-6293

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Monday, March 26, 2012, 4 p.m. Eastern Time

Note to journalists: Please report that this research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society

A press conference on this topic will be held at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, March 26, 2012, in the ACS Press Center, Room 15A, in the San Diego Convention Center. Reporters can attend in person or access live audio and video of the event and ask questions at www.ustream.tv/channel/acslive.

American Chemical Society documents key advances toward sustainable national meetings:

First report of its kind from any organization

SAN DIEGO, March 26, 2012 — The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, today documented significant progress toward conserving energy and water, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation at its internationally known annual meetings during 2011.

Alan Hutchins, ACS’ director of Meeting Operations, explained that the achievements are core elements in the Society’s efforts to achieve sustainability, the use of resources in ways that meet the needs of people today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Summarized in a report released at a press briefing here during the ACS’ 243rd National Meeting & Exposition, the document is the first “registered GRI report” from any scientific society, association or company using the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Event Organizers Sector Supplement guidelines, according to LEGACY Sustainability Management. LEGACY is a sustainability reporting and consulting company that partners with associations, corporations and other large event planners to incorporate sustainability initiatives into the event-planning process.

Those guidelines were just released in January by GRI, which is a non-governmental organization that aims to drive sustainability reporting and environmental, social and governance disclosure.

“While we have been internally tracking and reporting event sustainability data since 2010, the process of creating and publishing this GRI report was an exciting step toward both a greater understanding of the quantitative impacts of our meetings and an increased commitment to transparency and stakeholder engagement,” Hutchins said. “By taking this step, the ACS hopes to not only transform its own meetings over time but to demonstrate leadership within the meeting and event industry, pushing fellow associations to enhance their environmental and social responsibility efforts.”

“We bring a sustainability focus to our work, incorporating green meeting practices into the planning and implementation of our annual meetings,” says Dee Casteel, chair, ACS Committee on Meetings & Expositions and associate dean of faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Bucknell University. “ACS was recognized for these efforts as the recipient of the 2011 Green Leader Award from the Capital Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).”

The ACS 2011 National Meetings & Expositions Sustainability Report describes initiatives and performance results for National Meetings & Expositions held in Anaheim, Calif., and Denver, Colo. Combined attendance at the meetings exceeded 24,000 people. Among the achievements, ACS:

  • Decreased carbon dioxide associated with hotel shuttles by 50 percent and offset all 76 remaining tons in partnership with Transportation Management Services through the Carbon Fund.
  • Reduced signage printing and waste by measures that included substitution of digital signs for paper signs and utilization of 100% recyclable signage, containing post-consumer recycled material.
  • Launched the first electronic version of the Denver meeting program as a mobile application and PDF download, saving some 1,600 pounds of paper and associated freight, and significantly reduced the number of printed programs. Programs typically run nearly 500 pages.
  • Designated its Sci-Mix Poster Session as a “zero waste” awareness event, diverting 82 percent of total waste through recycling and composting.
  • Donated all usable, uneaten food from other events at the meeting to local community groups.
  • Provided meeting attendees with reusable plastic water bottles, avoiding use of petroleum-based, disposable water bottles.
  • Donated non-recyclable signs to an area teachers’ group to use to create learning tools.

Each year, ACS hosts two of the most respected and influential meetings within the scientific community, bringing together more than 20,000 chemistry professionals and students from across the globe. In 2008, recognizing that these meetings are vital to advancing the chemistry enterprise, but also have real environmental and social impacts that must be considered, ACS began taking its first steps toward integrating sustainable practices into the event-planning process.

Since then, the ACS Department of Meetings & Expositions Services and the Committee on Meetings & Expositions, in partnership with its sustainability consultants, LEGACY Sustainability Management, have been committed to continuously improving sustainability performance through tracking performance data and collaborating with venue, vendor and hotel partners to develop and implement effective sustainability initiatives.

Mike Wallace, director of the Global Reporting Initiative's Focal Point USA, said, “GRI welcomes the use of the Event Organizers Sector Supplement by the ACS and applauds the leadership they are demonstrating by embracing GRI reporting. Association events bring together a large number of stakeholders, and industry associations like ACS play an important role in helping their members better understand the importance of measuring, managing and reporting on sustainability performance in a credible, comparable and consistent manner. By ACS using the GRI Guidelines, their members and other key stakeholders can see the importance the Society places on sustainability issues.”

“We look forward to seeing the first ACS report that follows the Event Organizers Sector Supplement, and we hope it will be the first of many,” added Wallace.

At future meetings and events, ACS plans to build on its progress on sustainability by implementing several new initiatives, including reducing paper use by increasing awareness of the digital version of the meeting program and exploring hotel amenity donation programs to provide unused portions of hotel shampoos, soaps and other supplies to reduce waste and help local and international communities.

The 2011 National Meetings & Expositions Sustainability Report can be downloaded at http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/meetings/spring2012/attendeeservices/greenpractices/CNBP_029661.

About ACS

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewing journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. www.acs.org

About GRI

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based non-governmental organization that aims to drive sustainability reporting and environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure by all organizations. GRI produces the world’s most widely used Sustainability Reporting Framework to enable this drive toward greater transparency. www.globalreporting.org

About the GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement

GRI’s Event Organizers Sector Supplement contains the latest and most comprehensive guidance for disclosing sustainability performance, tailored for the events sector. Like all GRI’s guidance, the Supplement has been developed by a diverse multi-stakeholder Working Group following due process, including calls for public comment. The Supplement is applicable in the business, cultural, sports, meeting and convention sectors. https://www.globalreporting.org/reporting/sector-guidance/event-organizers

About LEGACY

LEGACY Sustainability Management is a sustainability reporting and consulting company that partners with associations, corporations and other large event planners to incorporate sustainability initiatives into the event-planning process informed by consistent and transparent data tracking and reporting. www.LEGACYsmi.com

To automatically receive news releases from the American Chemical Society contact newsroom@acs.org.

# # #

X
X
X
  • Filters

  • × Clear Filters

Solar Cell Discovery Opens a New Window to Powering Tomorrow's Cities

Windows that generate electricity may have a clearer path to prominent roles in buildings of the future due to an Argonne-led discovery.

How the Earth Stops High-Energy Neutrinos in Their Tracks

A research collaboration including scientists from Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the Earth stops high-energy neutrinos - particles that only very rarely interact with matter.

Kentucky Researchers First to Produce High Grade Rare Earths From Coal

University of Kentucky researchers have produced nearly pure rare earth concentrates from Kentucky coal using an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process, a groundbreaking accomplishment in the energy industry.

Watching Atoms Move in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Reveals Clues to Improving Solar Cells

The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, a team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego discovered how the movement of ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts.

Quantum Dots Amplify Light with Electrical Pumping

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots.

The Challenge of Estimating Alaska's Soil Carbon Stocks

A geospatial analysis determined the optimal distribution of sites needed to reliably estimate Alaska's vast soil carbon.

Strain-Free Epitaxy of Germanium Film on Mica

Germanium was the material of choice in the early history of electronic devices, and due to its high charge carrier mobility, it's making a comeback. It's generally grown on expensive single-crystal substrates, adding another challenge to making it sustainably viable for most applications. To address this aspect, researchers demonstrate an epitaxy method that incorporates van der Waals' forces to grow germanium on mica. They discuss their work in the Journal of Applied Physics.

Unplugging the Cellulose Biofuel Bottleneck

Molecular-level understanding of cellulose structure reveals why it resists degradation and could lead to cost-effective biofuels.

Detailed View of Immune Proteins Could Lead to New Pathogen-Defense Strategies

Biologists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley used cryo-EM to resolve the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system to summon support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. The researchers captured the high-resolution image of a protein ring, called an inflammasome, as it was bound to flagellin, a protein from the whiplike tail used by bacteria to propel themselves forward.

Unlocking the Secrets of Ebola

Scientists have identified a set of biomarkers that indicate which patients infected with the Ebola virus are most at risk of dying from the disease. The results come from one of the most in-depth studies ever of blood samples from patients with Ebola.


  • Filters

  • × Clear Filters

Five Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named 2017 American Physical Society Fellows

Anatoly Frenkel, Morgan May, Rachid Nouicer, Eric Stach, and Peter Steinberg were recognized for their outstanding contributions to astrophysics, materials physics, and nuclear physics.

Argonne Appoints Chief of Staff

Megan Clifford has been named Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, effective January 1, 2018.

Jefferson Lab Scientist Selected to Receive Francis Slack Award

Dr. Hari Areti, has been selected to receive the Francis G. Slack Award, established by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, to honor excellence in service to Physics in the Southeastern U.S.

ORNL Wins Nine R&D 100 Awards

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received nine R&D 100 Awards in recognition of their significant advancements in science and technology.

Argonne Scientists Capture Several R&D 100 Awards

Innovative technologies developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently earned several R&D 100 Awards.

Eight Los Alamos innovations win R&D 100 Awards

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards last week at R&D Magazine's annual ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

Physicist David Gates Named Editor-in-Chief of Plasma, a New Online Journal

Article announces David Gates' appointment as editor-in-chief of Plasma magazine

Argonne to Install Comanche System to Explore ARM Technology for High-Performance Computing

Argonne National Laboratory is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide system software expertise and a development ecosystem for a future high-performance computing (HPC) system based on 64-bit ARM processors.

CANDLE Shines in 2017 HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards

Argonne National Laboratory has been recognized in the annual <em>HPCwire</em> Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards, presented at the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17), in Denver, Colorado.

SLAC's Helen Quinn Honored with 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics

Helen Quinn, a professor emerita at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, will receive the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics - one of eight prestigious Franklin Institute Awards that will be handed out in Philadelphia next April.


  • Filters

  • × Clear Filters

The Challenge of Estimating Alaska's Soil Carbon Stocks

A geospatial analysis determined the optimal distribution of sites needed to reliably estimate Alaska's vast soil carbon.

Unplugging the Cellulose Biofuel Bottleneck

Molecular-level understanding of cellulose structure reveals why it resists degradation and could lead to cost-effective biofuels.

How Fungal Enzymes Break Down Plant Cell Walls

Lignocellulose-degrading enzyme complexes could improve biofuel production.

Stretching to Perfection of 2-D Semiconductors

Scientists use heat and mismatched surfaces to stretch films that can potentially improve the efficient operation of devices.

Simple is Beautiful in Quantum Computing

Defect spins in diamond were controlled with a simpler, geometric method, leading to faster computing.

The Effect of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico's Dry Forests

More frequent storms turn forests from carbon source to sink.

A Chemical Thermometer for Tropical Forests

Monoterpene measures how certain forests respond to heat stress.

Where a Leaf Lands and Lies Influences Carbon Levels in Soil for Years to Come

Whether carbon comes from leaves or needles affects how fast it decomposes, but where it ends up determines how long it's available.

Twisting Molecule Wrings More Power from Solar Cells

Readily rotating molecules let electrons last, resulting in higher solar cell efficiency.

Rules Are Only Suggestions in Heavy Elements

The arrangement of electrons in an exotic human-made element shows that certain properties of heavy elements cannot be predicted using lighter ones.


Spotlight

Tuesday October 03, 2017, 01:05 PM

Stairway to Science

Argonne National Laboratory

Thursday September 28, 2017, 12:05 PM

After-School Energy Rush

Argonne National Laboratory

Thursday September 28, 2017, 10:05 AM

Bringing Diversity Into Computational Science Through Student Outreach

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Thursday September 21, 2017, 03:05 PM

From Science to Finance: SLAC Summer Interns Forge New Paths in STEM

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Thursday September 07, 2017, 02:05 PM

Students Discuss 'Cosmic Opportunities' at 45th Annual SLAC Summer Institute

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Thursday August 31, 2017, 05:05 PM

Binghamton University Opens $70 Million Smart Energy Building

Binghamton University, State University of New York

Wednesday August 23, 2017, 05:05 PM

Widening Horizons for High Schoolers with Code

Argonne National Laboratory

Saturday May 20, 2017, 12:05 PM

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduates Urged to Embrace Change at 211th Commencement

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Monday May 15, 2017, 01:05 PM

ORNL, University of Tennessee Launch New Doctoral Program in Data Science

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Friday April 07, 2017, 11:05 AM

Champions in Science: Profile of Jonathan Kirzner

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Wednesday April 05, 2017, 12:05 PM

High-Schooler Solves College-Level Security Puzzle From Argonne, Sparks Interest in Career

Argonne National Laboratory

Tuesday March 28, 2017, 12:05 PM

Champions in Science: Profile of Jenica Jacobi

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Friday March 24, 2017, 10:40 AM

Great Neck South High School Wins Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven Lab

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Wednesday February 15, 2017, 04:05 PM

Middle Schoolers Test Their Knowledge at Science Bowl Competition

Argonne National Laboratory

Friday January 27, 2017, 04:00 PM

Haslam Visits ORNL to Highlight State's Role in Discovering Tennessine

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tuesday November 08, 2016, 12:05 PM

Internship Program Helps Foster Development of Future Nuclear Scientists

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Friday May 13, 2016, 04:05 PM

More Than 12,000 Explore Jefferson Lab During April 30 Open House

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Monday April 25, 2016, 05:05 PM

Giving Back to National Science Bowl

Ames Laboratory

Friday March 25, 2016, 12:05 PM

NMSU Undergrad Tackles 3D Particle Scattering Animations After Receiving JSA Research Assistantship

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Tuesday February 02, 2016, 10:05 AM

Shannon Greco: A Self-Described "STEM Education Zealot"

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Monday November 16, 2015, 04:05 PM

Rare Earths for Life: An 85th Birthday Visit with Mr. Rare Earth

Ames Laboratory

Tuesday October 20, 2015, 01:05 PM

Meet Robert Palomino: 'Give Everything a Shot!'

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Tuesday April 22, 2014, 11:30 AM

University of Utah Makes Solar Accessible

University of Utah

Wednesday March 06, 2013, 03:40 PM

Student Innovator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Seeks Brighter, Smarter, and More Efficient LEDs

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Friday November 16, 2012, 10:00 AM

Texas Tech Energy Commerce Students, Community Light up Tent City

Texas Tech University

Wednesday November 23, 2011, 10:45 AM

Don't Get 'Frosted' Over Heating Your Home This Winter

Temple University

Wednesday July 06, 2011, 06:00 PM

New Research Center To Tackle Critical Challenges Related to Aircraft Design, Wind Energy, Smart Buildings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Friday April 22, 2011, 09:00 AM

First Polymer Solar-Thermal Device Heats Home, Saves Money

Wake Forest University

Friday April 15, 2011, 12:25 PM

Like Superman, American University Will Get Its Energy from the Sun

American University

Thursday February 10, 2011, 05:00 PM

ARRA Grant to Help Fund Seminary Building Green Roof

University of Chicago

Tuesday December 07, 2010, 05:00 PM

UC San Diego Installing 2.8 Megawatt Fuel Cell to Anchor Energy Innovation Park

University of California San Diego

Monday November 01, 2010, 12:50 PM

Rensselaer Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Announces First Deployment of New Technology on Campus

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Friday September 10, 2010, 12:40 PM

Ithaca College Will Host Regional Clean Energy Summit

Ithaca College

Tuesday July 27, 2010, 10:30 AM

Texas Governor Announces $8.4 Million Award to Create Renewable Energy Institute

Texas Tech University

Friday May 07, 2010, 04:20 PM

Creighton University to Offer New Alternative Energy Program

Creighton University

Wednesday May 05, 2010, 09:30 AM

National Engineering Program Seeks Subject Matter Experts in Energy

JETS Junior Engineering Technical Society

Wednesday April 21, 2010, 12:30 PM

Students Using Solar Power To Create Sustainable Solutions for Haiti, Peru

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wednesday March 03, 2010, 07:00 PM

Helping Hydrogen: Student Inventor Tackles Challenge of Hydrogen Storage

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Thursday February 04, 2010, 02:00 PM

Turning Exercise into Electricity

Furman University

Thursday November 12, 2009, 12:45 PM

Campus Leaders Showing the Way to a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Tuesday November 03, 2009, 04:20 PM

Furman University Receives $2.5 Million DOE Grant for Geothermal Project

Furman University

Thursday September 17, 2009, 02:45 PM

Could Sorghum Become a Significant Alternative Fuel Source?

Salisbury University

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 11:15 AM

Students Navigating the Hudson River With Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 10:00 AM

College Presidents Flock to D.C., Urge Senate to Pass Clean Energy Bill

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Wednesday July 01, 2009, 04:15 PM

Northeastern Announces New Professional Master's in Energy Systems

Northeastern University

Friday October 12, 2007, 09:35 AM

Kansas Rural Schools To Receive Wind Turbines

Kansas State University

Thursday August 17, 2006, 05:30 PM

High Gas Prices Here to Stay, Says Engineering Professor

Rowan University





Showing results

0-4 Of 2215