While it is true that if you are flying into Chicago for ALA Annual, at least some of your carbon footprint is unavoidable.
However, there is still plenty that can be done to be greener or more sustainable while attending the conference.
-- Take public transportation—The most sustainable way to get into and around town is CTA (the “L”)
-- Bring your own water bottle and coffee mug (make sure you empty prior to airport security). Bonus: Many places offer discounts for bringing your own mug!
-- Don’t grab all that swag—Pick up only what is useful; don’t bring home extra plastic that will just wind up in the landfill. Note: Flying with the extra swag weight will use more energy - it adds up if everyone does it!
-- Limit handouts: Take only what you need (and will read) and items you cannot access online
-- Reuse your name badge holder and lanyard from a previous conference
-- Attend the first meeting of the ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) on July 1. Their mission is to provide resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development, collections, exhibits, events, advocacy, communication, library buildings, and space design.
By Amy Forrester, ProQuest Product Manager-SciTech