In the spirit of the Universal Christ—recognizing God’s image in every created thing—we have implemented several practices to reduce the conference’s impact on the environment. The Center for Action and Contemplation has purchased carbon offsets for 2,000 attendee flights, and the Albuquerque Convention Center is a green facility.
What is carbon offsetting?
Human interaction and physical connection are important. When we choose to travel, there is a significant environmental cost—fuel, food, lodging, waste—leaving a carbon impression that contributes to climate change. Travel can account for up to 90% of a large event’s carbon footprint. In addition to other environmentally friendly actions and practices we can do, carbon offsets help minimize that impact by supporting projects in communities across the United States that reduce emissions beyond what we can achieve through personal action.
The CAC’s offset purchase will reduce emissions of 911 mT of CO2e, equivalent to CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 137 homes for one year or almost 195 passenger vehicles (source: EPA). We purchased credits through The Good Traveler. Learn more at thegoodtraveler.org.
The Good Traveler funds projects that help keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. For example, projects include growing living things that capture carbon and preventing climate-wrecking gases from escaping in the first place, like producing clean wind energy instead of coal-fired energy or capturing the methane from landfills.
What is the Albuquerque Convention Center doing to be environmentally friendly?
- Coreless paper products in restrooms to minimize waste
- Infra-red water faucets and aerators in restrooms and dressing rooms
- Low-flow toilets
- Low-water plants and xeriscape landscaping
- Food & beverage operation serves condiments in bulk to minimize packaging waste
- Utilizing china, glass, and silverware for catered functions
- An energy-smart HVAC system which provides effective and efficient heating and cooling
- LED lighting
- Not operating lights, air, heat, and escalators in non-occupied areas
- Solar reflective roof coating to reduce the heat load during the summer months
- Use of environmentally-green housekeeping products
- Participation in Albuquerque’s “Act Now” program, encouraging staff to use alternative modes of transportation to improve air quality and decrease traffic congestion in the Albuquerque area
- A commitment to use food products from local farmers and producers; wild, line-caught fish used when possible (farm-raised seafood and endangered species of fish are not used)
- State-of-the art dishwashing equipment which reuses its own water supply instead of constantly refilling
- Re-use single-sided white bond paper to print non-essential documents
- Food and beverage disposable containers made of biodegradable materials such as corn starch
- Donate excess food
- Composting when possible (including during The Universal Christ conference)
- Providing complimentary water stations and having bottle filler water fountains throughout the Center and pitchers of water in meeting spaces to encourage reusing water bottles
- Recycling containers throughout the Center to recycle aluminum and plastic
- Mandatory recycling of wood pallets, cardboard, and paper for all general service contractors
- Kitchen grease recycling
- Recycling 90% of white paper use in the Administration Office