Ensuring a Sustainable Conference

Delivering sustainable development, ensuring best practice in environmental management and addressing social responsibility is a priority for ARMA. We recognise the significant environmental, social and economic challenges facing society on an unprecedented global scale but believe that as an Association we can contribute to the required solutions.

With an annual programme of up to 50 events, held across multiple venues and attracting in excess of 1,100 delegates from across the UK and overseas, the impacts of our resource consumption, waste generation, transportation and greenhouse gas emissions are considerable.  We are accounting for and aiming to minimise the negative impacts of our activities on the environment and are doing so by enacting a number of initiatives designed primarily to reduce our carbon (CO2) and carbon equivalent (CO2e) emissions.

How did we do in 2015?

51% Reduction of attendees travelling by car to Conference compared to 2014 figures.

45% Of all attendees travelled less than 125 miles to attend the ARMA Conference.

150 The majority of food for Conference was seasonal and sourced by the chef from within a 150 mile radius.

62% Of venue lighting was low energy.  Over 90% of electrical equipment provided by our suppliers was low energy.

94% Of the ARMA membership belong to organisation that have strong sustainability strategies and policies.

37% Reduction in food waste due to venue kitchen processes and efficient operations.

73% Of all primary travel to and from Conference was done by sustainable modes of transport.

90% Of all the drinking water came from drinking fountains.

Colleagues from sust-insight™ audited the Conference to determine the environmental and social impact of hosting and attending the event. We want to help members in making informed decisions and choices, which are aligned to wider institutional, sector and ARMA values as well as legislative a regulatory requirements.

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