The following exhibitors were found to be in compliance with the Sustainability Terms and Conditions during the 2013 General Assembly. Congratulations to our 2013 Green Exhibitors!
For the first time, UUA is allowing exhibitors to volunteer for sustainability review. We asked exhibitors to share why they volunteered to have their booths reviewed.
Sue Cobb of Laughing Dog Studios
Why is sustainability important to you?
I think that environmental issues are the most important concerns facing us today. I think of the changes that need to be made in terms of small scale and large scale. To the extent that, in our small hobby business, we can avoid waste and promote a love of the earth, this is our small scale contribution. The large scale involves working for change through our votes and dollars with our support of candidates and technologies that reduce environmental impact on the larger scale.
Aside from the amazing perks that go along with becoming a volunteer, why did you volunteer to have the sustainability of your booth reviewed?
Since the UUA has the sustainability policy for GA, I want to be sure that our booth is in compliance. The perks are secondary to this primary goal.
What is one thing you have done that has made a difference in the sustainability of your booth?
We reuse all our materials to the extent it is possible -- the cardboard flats, the packaging materials, which makes sure that we are not discarding materials that still have use in them. Since we do a lot of packing for our minerals, fossils and jewelry, this adds up over time.
What, if anything, would you like to share with other exhibitors who are considering volunteering to have their booth reviewed?
I have found the whole process very friendly! I admit that I was terrified, as I had not thought in terms of our basic frugality in terms of resource use as a policy, but I have been delighted to find that our practices were in compliance.
Brian Watson of Watson Studio (new to the review process)
Why is sustainability important to you?
The Earth is our one and only home. We must strive to act sustainably in all aspects of our lives, including at conventions and trade shows.
I already do most of the sustainable practices in my booth and have done so for years. I'd like to encourage others to think about how they can make their booths more sustainable. I've been to many conventions and trade shows and have seen first hand the incredible amount of waste that is left behind once the show is over. I believe we can make a positive difference by rethinking our booth policies and practices.
Simplifying and paring down my booth display. This has cut my expenses and means that I'm not consuming as much fuel for freight. When I use lights, I'm moving toward LED bulbs too.
GO FOR IT! You'll show off what you're already doing, and learn about ways to make your display more sustainable. It's a win-win.
Trentt Cramer from Northern Sun (return volunteer, you will find Northern Sun above)
I like a tidy planet, and landfills are not tidy, so I'm motivated to put less stuff in landfills.
There are perks? Why did I volunteer? See answer to question 1.
At the end of GA, my booth's wastebasket is empty because I have sorted/recycled everything.
It feels good. Try it.
For more information on volunteering, visit our Sustainability Terms and Conditions page. To volunteer for review, or for any questions related to sustainable exhibiting, please contact Aaron Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated on Monday, January 27, 2014.
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