Thursday, November 19, 2009

Super Commuters

This week we are working with SuperComputing '09 on their conference of over 10,000 computer scientists. They have taken on sustainability this year and have a number of green meeting initiatives

Their keynote speaker, Al Gore, talked about the 90 million tons of carbon that goes into the atmosphere each day and how humans must make different choices. A series of decisions were made to help make a difference:

  • First choice--one of conference initiatives was to reduce the amount of transportation required.
  • Conference organizers chose hotels that were either within walking distance or accessible to the light rail system whenever possible.
  • Participants chose to walk or ride MAX (with the exception of a few hotels).
  • Off-site events did not include shuttles but were also located in the same transit area.
These choices made a significant impact on the livability of our community. Thanks, Super Commuters!

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