Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It Turns Out, Success CAN Be Measured!

Since Oracle OpenWorld turned its attention to event sustainability in 2007, the progress has been impressive. Here's an example of what they have accomplished:

Enabled re-investment of $1.3 million in event elements through waste-cutting actions
Diverted enough trash from landfill to fill 37 garbage trucks
Avoided emissions equivalent to taking 190 cars off the road for a year
Conserved enough water to fill 3 Olympic-sized swimming pools
Saved enough energy to power 62 American homes for a year
Prevented the cutting of 1363 trees

Paul Salinger, Oracle, notes, "This was a challenging year. We had a new conference added, which meant more attendees and more impact. We had new team members to integrate and educate. We had some waste diversion issues and needed to do more branding than last year.

And yet – we achieved our highest score on the MeetGreen calculator yet – getting to 80%. Just 4 years ago we were at 34%. We have made tremendous progress over the last 4 years – a phenomenal feat for the scale of an event like Oracle OpenWorld, and really unprecedented in the event industry!"

They are very proud and should be! To read the entire Sustainability Event Report with loads of data and individual success stories, download here

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