Commitment to Sustainability

Working in compliance with Sustainable Dawson, SALTISE is reviewing the social, economic, and environmental factors involved in the organization of this year’s conference. Our goal is to create a more sustainable event that addresses a bold objective from the 2016-2021 Dawson College Strategic Plan: to be a leading post-secondary institution in promoting sustainability in all its endeavours. SALTISE has adopted a number of measures to reduce its ecological footprint as much as possible, such as: 

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  • Going plastic-free by not using plastic name badges – The attendees’ name tags will be made of seed paper, a special paper that is made using post-consumer materials and is embedded with non-GMO carrot seeds. When you plant the paper in a pot of soil or outside in a garden, the seeds in the paper germinate and grow a crunchy bundle of carrotsIf you do not plan to plant your name tag, please return it to a volunteer so we can plant the seed papers in our edible gardens at Dawson College.
  • Reusing lanyards – SALTISE is getting lanyards with neither printed messages nor logos, so we can reuse them at different events. Please return your lanyard to a volunteer!
  • In order to reduce the use of paper and directly involve attendees in our sustainability policies, we included the option for registrants to not require a printed program. We are happy to share  that less than 15% of registrants have requested a printed version of the program. This means that we are saving about 7,650 paper sheets and reducing the water footprint to an average of 9,450 litres of water* rather than using some 63,000 litres had all the registrants requested a printed program! Well done, everyone!
  • Carpooling is a more environmentally friendly way to travel, as sharing journeys reduces air pollution, carbon emissions, traffic congestion on the roads, and the need for parking spaces. SALTISE has encouraged a number of educational institutions at a distance to arrange carpooling, as well as to financially support those wishing to take public transportation. John Abbott College, for example, is coordinating ride sharings as well as providing STM tickets for their members. Heritage College is once again chartering a bus to send its delegates to the SALTISE Conference.

*Calculations made based on “The green and blue water footprint of paper products: Methodological considerations and quantification”, UNESCO – Institute for Water Education, 2010.