Green Congress

IUCN and the National Host Committee’s Green Team are working to avoid or mitigate the negative environmental impacts associated with the World Conservation Congress.

IUCN aims to not only mitigate carbon from air travel to Hawai’i but to also mitigate all carbon emissions resulting from the Congress including shipping of goods, ground travel in Honolulu, hotel stays and emissions associated with on-the-ground Congress logistics at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

But it doesn’t end there.

We’re doing everything we can to minimize waste, energy and resource consumption, COemissions and negative impacts on biodiversity. Our goal is to have a Congress that is plastic-free, paper-low and zero waste.

We want the initiatives we put in place for the Congress to set a new standard for event sustainability and to continue to bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the local community after the event.

 “We are doing this not only because it is the right thing to do for this Congress. We’re doing it to develop a model that can be carried forward in Hawaiʻi and elsewhere,” says Alexandra Petersen, IUCN logistics manager for the World Conservation Congress 2016.

To do this, we are working with local businesses, farmers and hotels and developing practical guidelines for future green events in Honolulu.

Read the IUCN My Green Congress Sustainability Policy for more details on what IUCN is doing, and what you can do, to minimize the environmental impacts of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016.

Recent updates

Alexandra Petersen, Congress Logistics Manager
15 Jul 2016
IUCN set out ambitious goals to make the 2016 Congress the greenest yet and to create a lasting legacy for Hawai‘i. Alexandra Petersen, Congress Logistics Manager, explains the how and why.
Sequoia forest
13 Jul 2016
Wondering how to navigate through 1,300 Forum events in five days? The new IUCN Congress app makes it easy. 
Soil compost
13 Jul 2016
“We had an opportunity to think big and create a replicable model,” says Jennifer Milholen, President of Styrophobia, the nonprofit leading a pioneering new food composting project on Oʻahu. 
Kōkua Hawaiʻi founder Jack Johnson sorting waste
13 Jul 2016
Hawaiʻi-born musician Jack Johnson and his wife Kim know that single-use plastics are a major source of pollution, especially in our oceans. The IUCN Congress will be part of the solution, not the problem.   
Diamond Head and Waikiki beach at night
13 Jul 2016
The Green Hotels Initiative is spurring sustainability in the Hawaiʻi hotel industry. 
Twin Bridge Farms
13 Jul 2016
“We are taking locally sourced to a whole new level. We are excited and it’s challenging,” says Gary Matsumoto, Director of Operations for Food and Beverage for the Hawai’i Convention Center. 
Cordillera Azul National Park
26 Apr 2016
IUCN will mitigate carbon emissions from Congress air and ground travel, accommodation and on-the-ground logistics through the Cordillera Azul National Park Project in Peru.
rainforest in Borneo
05 Nov 2015
Deadline 22 November to propose projects from which certified carbon offsets may be purchased to offset carbon emissions for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 
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