Recent years have seen a growing focus on sustainability, recycling and ecology. At Aarhus University we have also decided to focus on sustainability when organising and holding conferences and events. Firstly, because we want to take responsibility for the society that we are a part of and because it is the sensible thing to do. Secondly, because we have found that in many cases we can save resources by thinking in different ways than we are used to.
By making a few small adjustments and a little effort in planning and holding your conference, you can make a big (sustainable) difference. And focussing on sustainability is good for your image as well.
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 sustainable water bottle contains 0.5 litres and is available in both a Danish, English and BSS version. The water bottle can be used over and over again. It is 100 % BPA-free and dishwasher safe. The bottle is a beneficial buy to use for your conference guests. However, remember to take into consideration how the bottle is filled and refilled.
Some good advice for refilling and hygiene:
AU's tote bags are a sustainable alternative to packing of conference articles or as a handout. These tote bags are made of organic cotton. The bags can be bought in AU's webshop (in Danish only).