SAE 2009 World Congress "Green" List

SAE International:

  • printed its Congress promotional materials on recycled paper, the sponsored notepads, and the Awards Ceremony program—which was also reduced by about half the typical size, saving on paper.
  • will print badges using "green" printers with features such as wax based inks and enable sleep mode when not in use. Badges will also be printed-on-demand rather than mailed and will be made of paper instead of plastic.
  • consolidated Member and on-site self-registration areas, reducing electrical demand by 3,000 watts.
  • will offer print-on-demand and electronic delivery options for technical paper purchases at the SAE Store, eliminating four pallets of pre-printed papers.
  • has a new electronic version of the Show Daily—the e-Show Daily.
  • implemented MyTechZone, a fully automated, online system for technical paper review. This new system has saved over 10 tons of paper annually (as papers are no longer being printed and distributed). Also, the greenhouse emissions given off from the Postal Service trucks that carried these papers were eliminated.
  • will place recycling bins in the professional development seminar lunch room and classrooms; they will also recycle the attendee badges.
  • will purchase local produce/food for the Annual Banquet and use planted flowers for centerpieces.

Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center & Marriott Courtyard (Congress Headquarters Hotels)

  • regularly purchases reusable and durable products that can be recycled.
  • has an in-house recycling program for bottles, cans, cardboard, phonebooks, pallets, batteries, ballasts, fluorescent lights.
  • provides recycling bins in public spaces during meetings/conferences for aluminum, glass, newspaper, white paper, plastic, steel cans.
  • donates, sells, or recycles old durable goods such as televisions, furniture and fixtures.
  • uses reusable food/beverage items such as cloth, glass, ceramic, etc., rather than disposable items like Styrofoam or plastic
  • uses cream pitchers, sugar pourers, jelly servers and washable spoons rather than individual creamer/sugar packets, individual jelly packets, etc.
  • purchases fresh rather than packaged produce.
  • has vegetarian and vegan menus available.
  • offers guests a choice of having bed sheets changed less often during their stay.
  • uses low-flow showerheads, low-flow sink aerators, and low flow 1.6 gallon toilets.
  • places pitchers of water on tables rather than pre-pouring glasses of water.
  • distributes meeting materials and sample products left behind to a local charity.
  • uses dimmer lights in all meeting rooms.
  • has a building management system in place for HVAC systems which schedules on/off times for meeting space.
  • has an energy management program that interfaces with all guest room fan coil units that schedules on/off with check-in and check-out.
  • has installed motion sensors on lighting in meeting and office space.
  • awarded the Energy Star.

Omni Hotels (Congress Hotel)

  • recycles plastic, glass, and paper in all communities where recycling is readily available.
  • considers local food purveyors when feasible to reduce the carbon footprint of the culinary options we offer—a "farm to table" approach.
  • offers leftover and excess food items to local food banks and shelters.
  • installs energy efficient systems in all new buildings and updates in all properties.
  • encourages staff to use mass transportation and carpooling options.
  • creates natural herb gardens with native plants.
  • in the process of creating green roofs.
  • plants trees for major milestones and celebrations.

Starwood Hotels (Congress Hotel)

  • offers a linen/towel re-use program.
  • introducing self-service kiosks to facilitate paperless check-in and check-out services.
  • features environmentally benign and health sensitive cleaning agents.
  • establishing a Green Meetings program inclusive of a carbon offsetting option for meeting planners.
  • offers training and education classes for their associates on environmental sustainability initiatives.

Hilton Hotels (Congress Hotel)

  • initiated programs that reduce energy consumption from direct operations by 20%, reduce Co2 emissions by 20%, output of waste by 20% and water consumption by 10 percent.
  • provides education programs for all staff including online learning, centralized web content, and various training modules.
  • maintains this Hilton Family of Hotels mission statement: through action and innovation, they will improve operational efficiency, serve their communities, and protect our global environment.

InterContinental Hotels (Congress Hotel)

  • installing energy-saving light bulbs.
  • developing recycling programs in all hotels for cans, bottles, and paper products.
  • provides staff with training and resources about recycling.
  • uses Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee, 100% Arabica bean blend.

Orchid Event Solutions (SAE's Housing Provider)

  • their parent company, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, was awarded the e2 Business Certificate.
  • is working towards moving all files to an electronic form.
  • does not fax information to the hotels anymore; they send emails with attachments.

Cobo Center (Congress Convention Center)

  • replaced its lighting system with more energy efficient fixtures and operation (i.e., lights cycle on/off depending on natural light levels). As a result, 23 million less kwh of energy are used annually, translating to emission and pollution reduction of 540,000 lbs. of sulfur dioxide and 180,000 lbs. of nitrogen oxides each year.
  • waste is incinerated by the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority to create waste-derived fuel energy products (steam and electricity) that heat and cool downtown Detroit buildings.
  • pumps Detroit River water through "chillers," which then send the cool water to various air handlers that provide cooling to zoned areas of the building—this is much more efficient than typical air conditioners.

Aramark Caterers (Cobo Center's Catering Service)

  • uses the following biodegradable products: coffee cups with thermal sleeves; cold cups with lids; clear wrapped straws; wooden stir sticks; to-go containers; deli containers; soup containers.
  • uses environmentally responsible cleaning supplies.
  • donates left-over, ready-to-eat cold products to local shelters as part of their standard operating procedure.
  • disposes of bio-waste using the City of Detroit's current practice of incinerating to create waste-derived fuel energy products (steam and electricity).

ABM Cleaning Services (Cobo Center's Cleaning Services)

  • reduced soap consumption by 25% by using foam soap; also reduced emissions via drains.
  • replaced paper towels and toilet paper dispensers with an environmentally friendly product that will reduce consumption in terms of how it breaks down.
  • has purchased many recycling bins and currently recycles paper.

Freeman Decorating (SAE's onsite decorator at Cobo Center)

  • recycles more than 25 million square feet of used show carpet, with 16 million of that total recycled from May-December.
  • recycles used carpet into drainage pipes for septic systems, higher end carpets go into the rental housing market, scrap aisle carpet has been used in pet-related products, and some carpet has been sent to Asia for use in floor mats.
  • produces modular exhibit components from aluminum that are recycled after they are deemed no longer useful.
  • encourages use of its Freeman On-Line services in lieu of printed paper service manuals.
  • uses a biodegradable product for table-top covers and wastebasket liners.
  • prints signage on opaque paper, then mounts the signs onto pre-used materials such as PVC which allows for repeat usage of backing materials.

Corporate Optics (Vendor for all three Management Theaters in the exhibit hall)

  • uses recycled paper for all scripts/documents.
  • uses virtual stage sets versus constructed/painted sets which results in no carbon emissions.
  • uses LED lighting fixtures for less emissions.