Around 220 sizeable conferences are held at UZH each year, in addition to several smaller catered events and meetings. International events in particular can have a considerable impact on the environment – primarily due to the participants’ travel arrangements, as the following table illustrates.
So how can you make sure your event avoids these environmental pitfalls as far as possible? The university’s guidelines on sustainable events, adopted by the Executive Board of the University in 2018, provide valuable recommendations in this area. They address topics such as travel arrangements, waste avoidance and accessibility. Here are some of the key tips from the guidelines.
Organizing an event requires good preparation. It makes sense to consider sustainability aspects from the very start of the planning process. The Sustainability Team and the President’s Services Event Management team are happy to advise and assist you.