August 7, 2013

Help Make 2014 the Most Sustainable NTC to Date – Join the Sustainability Committee!

NTEN has worked hard over the years to reduce the carbon footprint of our annual conference. This year, we’re formalizing our efforts and rolling out a new sustainability plan to help us be even more effective in ‘greening’ the NTC.  And we need YOU, our wonderful community, to help! We’re looking for some creative, environmentally minded nptechies to gather their ideas and experiences and join our Sustainability Committee. Let us know by September 9 if you’d like to participate–we’d love your input.

Here’s a glimpse into what we are working on so far for 2014 and beyond:

  • Travel offset program in partnership with TerraPass
  • Ride-share program
  • Composting of food and utensil waste at hotel
  • Ethically-sourced and reusable tote bags, registration materials, and tchotchkes
  • Reduction of paper-waste by offering digital collateral option for vendors
  • Banning plastics and Styrofoam
  • Digital program guide
  • Green printing and signage
  • Local food sourcing–organic and seasonal when possible

Sound intriguing? Here’s what’s involved with being a committee member:

  • Ability to participate in a monthly phone call to identify new goals and to review progress made toward goals
  • Willingness to do occasional ‘homework’, such as research or reaching out to potential partners, vendors, etc (no more than 1-2 hours per month)
  • Respond to occasional emails with random requests and questions
  • Help your friends and associates in the NTEN community move toward a commitment to sustainability and stewardship

If you aren’t able to commit to being a committee member but would still like to be involved, here are some ways you can help:

  • Offset your travel to NTC when you register (more about this to come) and encourage your colleagues to do the same
  • Use a reusable container while at the conference to cut down on plastic waste
  • Opt for the digital versions of the program guide and vendor resources
  • Reuse your hotel towel
  • Use public transportation or ride-shares while in Washington, DC (details to come)
  • Stay tuned for more things you can do!

Interested or have questions? Email eileigh@nten.org or call 503.272.8744.

Eileigh Doineau
Arriving at NTEN has been a happy bend in the road for Eileigh, who comes from a background in environmental design and English literature. After a year in AmeriCorps teaching environmental education, a summer in Africa working with communities to protect local natural resources, and a master’s thesis on design and community engagement, she ventured into the nonprofit realm. Though Eileigh loves to get her hands dirty out in the real world, she recognizes that technology is a transformative tool of empowerment and is delighted to be helping others make the most of it.