2016 Conference: June 21-23 from Jacksonville, FL
Convergence is the annual gathering of the USGBC community. It's where hundreds of passionate change makers, professional instigators, and diverse partners unite to foster innovative and sustainable solutions for the world's most pressing issues.
Convergence illuminates opportunities for global, regional and local impact. We gather to fuel our inspiration and dedication to charting a course for the future of our buildings, cities, and communities. Together, we strive to build leaders, build markets and measure impact. Together, we drive transformation that improves quality of life for all.
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USGBC has worked with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront to implement a sustainable event program for Convergence 2016. Our goals for this meeting are to decrease the overall environmental impact of the meeting while focusing on metric tracking and waste diversion.
Below is a summary of the key sustainability initiatives for Convergence at USGBC 2016.
To offset emissions for attendee travel and hotel stay, we provided attendees the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets through the registration process. For just $5 attendees helped offset the impact of their participation at Convergence. Our goal was to offset 100 percent of the total carbon emissions generated by the Convergence attendee travel and hotel stays.
- What you can do: Purchase carbon offsets for your travel and hotel stay in registration for $5. To further reduce your carbon emissions, take mass transportation, turn off lights and pack light.
We are currently working to implement a composting program.
USGBC has requested that the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront only service occupied guest rooms upon guest request or after three days of stay. Eliminating automatic daily housekeeping will conserve energy, water, and reduce material use.
- What you can do: We’ve created this program to make it easy for you to participate—all guests will automatically be enrolled. To minimize your impact, do not request room cleaning! You are welcome to request additional towels, shampoo, etc. at any time.
Co-mingled in-room recycling will be available in all guest rooms. Additional recycling receptacles will be available throughout the hotel and meeting spaces.
- What you can do: Be sure to recycle all paper, plastic and metal items!
A shuttle provided transportation for attendees between the Jacksonville airport and the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. This mass transit option helped reduce the meeting’s carbon footprint. USGBC will not reimburse attendees for cab rides, or other forms of transportation and encourages attendees to take the airport shuttle.
- What you can do: Take the shuttle from the airport for your arrival and departure. Take public transportation in your home city when possible.