CHICAGO—Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with the sustainability practices of the brands they support—and NACS is no exception. This year, the team made changes in several different categories to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the NACS Show.

“Doing business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way is just good business,” said Carolyn Schnare, director of strategic initiatives for NACS. “By making small changes, NACS reduces expenses and waste and is proud to work with partners who do the same.”

This year’s shuttle buses are operated by Kushner & Associates, a recipient organization of Green Ride Global’s Green Preferred Supplier List that also donates to a variety of carbon-offset programs. Kushner & Associates shuttle bus fleets boast features that include exhaust gas recirculation, biodiesel and ultralow sulfur diesel fuel, 12-speed transmissions that increase fuel mileage by as much as two miles per gallon, tires that decrease vehicle weight and vertical exhaust systems.

In addition to being the largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place has also obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Build Council, the organization that sets the standard for what is officially considered environmentally friendly or “green.”

The West building is the largest new-construction facility in the country to be certified. Hotels within this year’s rooming block were also chosen based on their commitment to sustainability, community activism and/or human trafficking awareness.

Post-event food and product will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a member of Feeding America, and Chicago’s Bags of Hope. This year’s totals will be tallied at week’s end. More than 110,000 pounds of product have been donated during prior NACS Shows.

There are a variety of ways to save trees at the NACS Show, and this year’s efforts include:

  • The elimination of print handouts in education sessions, which saved more than 1,500 sheets of paper.
  • Streamlined handouts at the information booth saved more than 300 sheets of paper.
  • The distribution of the same printed badge to all attendees rather than handing out plastic badge holders with paper inserts.
  • The reduction in printed magazines available on site by nearly 20,000 copies.

Ready to do your part? Attendees can help NACS go green by placing waste in the appropriate bins, recycling empty beverage containers and continuing to fill the same water bottles with water from filtered stations throughout the convention center.

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