We’re Going “Greener”

Changing Ways for Our Changing Climate is the 2022 Conference theme and the start of a new era for in-person events hosted by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).

To host a more sustainable event, TAC is:

  1. Planning the Conference & Exhibition to minimize negative impacts on the environment by conserving and reusing resources, reducing and recycling waste, and reducing and offsetting carbon emissions.
  2. Working with Planetair® to produce a conservative estimate of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from attendees’ travel to, and participation in, the 2022 TAC Conference & Exhibition.
  3. Purchasing credits in the Planetair Canada-Nature (Alberta) Portfolio to offset attendee emissions. This portfolio includes certified Gold Standard* credits from Planetair’s Global Portfolio (75% of TAC’s spend). The portfolio also includes a donation to Alberta-based projects of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), whose activities promote CO2 capture and mitigate the impact of climate change on wildlife and plant species (25% of TAC’s spend).

*Planetair’s Gold Standard certified projects

  • use strategies and technologies including wind, solar, and energy recovery to produce immediate climate benefits compared to planting trees, which can take up to 70 years to capture a ton of carbon
  • must contribute to at least three UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 13 which pertains to the fight against climate change
  • are audited by independent evaluators against the stringent Gold Standard requirements

The following statements reflect the environmentally friendly approaches used in each aspect of planning and executing TAC's 2022 Conference & Exhibition.

Communication & Registration

  • Electronic/digital formats are preferred and will be used as much as possible.
  • When print material or signage is needed, it will be produced on recycled paper/lower impact material (cardboard instead of plastic), and be recycled or reused (e.g. lanyards and badge holders) afterward.
  • Conference-branded promotional giveaways (e.g. bags, folders, bottles) are no longer produced.

Exhibition

Exhibitors are asked to minimize what they ship to the event to reduce emissions and packaging, as well as to review their onsite practices to reduce waste. Reusable packaging of display and collateral materials is encouraged.

Food & Beverage

  • Reusable utensils, plates, cups, etc. will be used instead of disposable or single-use items. (Some sustainable practices may require adjustment due to COVID-19 hygiene requirements.)
  • Food selections consider sustainability, including emphases on local, organic and vegetarian; used food should be composted. 

"Left-overs"

Surplus food, materials, or products will be donated locally; unusable items will be recycled locally. Items that can be reused may be shipped to another location.

Transportation & Reducing Emissions

  • Conference hotels, sessions, events, and meetings are located within walking distance of each other. Active transportation, mass transit or shuttle use is encouraged for attendees traveling to other parts of the city.
  • TAC will ship as little as possible to Edmonton from elsewhere. When printed material is required, efforts will be made to print these local to the event.
  • TAC will budget to purchase carbon offsets for the event. This cost is covered, in part, thanks to the support of TAC's sponsors.

Venue & Accommodations

 

 


Thank you to our Premier Sponsors