Recent years have seen a growing focus on sustainability, recycling and ecology. At Aarhus University we are also committed to organising and holding conferences and events in a more sustainable way. We’re taking these steps because we want to take responsibility for the society we are part of. But in fact, we have also discovered that in many cases we can save resources – and thus save on costs – by approaching things differently. By making a few small adjustments and putting a little effort in planning and holding your conference, you can make a big (sustainable) difference – while also sending an important signal about AU’s priorities and values. If you’re interested in learning more about how Aarhus University is working to contribute to sustainable development through research and education as well as its own operations, find out more here.
You can do a lot yourself to make your events more sustainable. We’ve put together some inspiring suggestions and tips below.
Here is a list of some of the simple, common-sense changes you can make that will make your conference more sustainable. You can either select one or a few to focus on or decide to go all in, before and during the conference – click below and find inspiration:
We are constantly working to make our selection of gifts and merchandise more sustainable. Read more about AU’s sustainable water bottles and tote bags made of organic cotton here.
Aarhus University’s 0.5-litre sustainable water bottles are available with Danish and English texts, as well as an Aarhus BSS version.
The water bottles can be used again and again. They are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. It’s a good idea to buy bottles for your conference guests to use. However, remember to consider how your guests are going to fill and refill them.
Good advice about filling water bottles and hygiene:
AU’s tote bags are made of organic cotton and are a more sustainable alternative for packaging conference materials and supplies or as merchandise for participants. You can buy the tote bags in the web shop.