Green Initiatives

AGU is committed to implementing sustainability practices that will lessen the impact of its events on the planet. AGU works on several fronts to implement green initiatives through the Science Policy Conference.  This includes working with the staff at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, an official member of The Green Meetings Council; the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, AGU’s headquarters hotel; suppliers and vendors; and attendees to reduce our environmental impact.

In the spirit of leadership, below are some policies that are being implemented, as well as some tips on how you can make greener choices during the conference.

At the Ronald Reagan Building

  • Offers environmentally-responsible alternatives to help reduce the amount of waste that results from meeting activities.
  • Uses china, glassware, and flatware to minimize reliance on single-use products. Customarily uses cloth dinner napkins.  On the rare occasions when not used, paper napkins made from recycled materials are used.
  • Frequently reuses table linens and skirting for multiple day events, enabling a significant reduction in water consumption.
  • Incorporates organic and local ingredients into menus, and Purchases many condiments in bulk.
  • Donates unused food to the D.C. Central Kitchen, a local food bank that runs a food recycling program to combat hunger in the nation’s capital.
  • Offers complimentary filtered drinking water served in pitchers as an alternative to serving bottled drinking water in meeting rooms.
  • Uses only “green” cleaning products, and follows economically and environmentally friendly landscaping practices.
  • Uses recycled carpet wherever possible and ensures discarded carpet is recycled.
  • Encourages employees to carpool, walk, bike, or use mass transit—and can facilitate the use of mass transit for clients and guests.

At the Hamilton Crowne Plaza

  • Has low water/ low maintenance plants throughout the hotel.
  • Offers guests the option to participate in the Re-use Linen program.
  • Has digital/programmable thermostats in both meeting rooms and public areas.
  • Utilizes eco-friendly paints and cleaning supplies.
  • Organizes coat and clothing drives several times per year for donations to Miriam’s Kitchen, N Street Village, and Keys for the Homeless affiliations.
  • Has Employee Green Awareness contests every quarter with prizes for best ideas.

What You Can Do

There are opportunities for participants to contribute in making the Science Policy Conference a green event. Here are a few:

  • Recycle your badge before you leave. We’ll have boxes available for you to drop off your badge holder so that we can reuse them for the next conference.
  • In addition to paper, cans, and bottles, remember that you can recycle your poster as well. All posters are recyclable, as long as they aren’t laminated.
  • Take advantage of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (metro) throughout the city.
  • When making your travel plans, plan to take metro from the airport.