We are pleased to announce that this year’s PIEC will be carbon neutral, thanks to our partnership with the UF Office of Sustainability, We Are Neutral, and the Alachua Conservation Trust.
The UF Office of Sustainability has graciously offered to make a donation to We Are Neutral on behalf of the PIEC in the amount required to offset the carbon emissions caused by travel to and from the conference and the utilities used to light and heat the conferences spaces. We Are Neutral calculates carbon footprints for large events and business operations and produces carbon offsets by planting and managing Long Leaf Pine forests on Alachua Conservation Trust lands and performing energy efficiency retrofits on low-income housing.
Long Leaf Pine saplings will be used as centerpieces during the banquet and later planted with the help of the PIEC board. We hope to continue this relationship in the years to come as we work to improve and strengthen the environmental message of the PIEC.
As an environmental conference, we try our best to make the event as sustainable as possible and to encourage all of our attendees to consider sustainable practices while attending the conference.
Please consider the following tips to help make the 2017 conference a sustainable event:
- Bring a water bottle or coffee cup to help reduce our waste. Water fountains and water coolers will be available for your convenience.
- Public transportation is available. Visit UF’s transportation page or the Regional Transit System (RTS)’s page for more information, routes, and schedules. For real-time updates, visit the Gator Locator. Or consider carpooling or riding bikes.
- Offset your carbon footprint. Groups like Neutral Gator can help.
- We support local businesses. Thanks to our local suppliers.
For more information about sustainability at UF, visit Sustainable UF’s website.