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New York 2020 ISPA - Sustainability


Join us in a collective commitment for a sustainable future!

Taking the cue from our many members who have sustainable practices as part of everyday operations, we want to include our members and delegates in our effort to create a greener congress.

In 2019, we made small steps with the BYOB (bring your own bottle) to eliminate the production and distribution of plastic water bottles. We also eliminated disposable plastic cups at the refreshment centers, added water dispensers to the green room to eliminate the use of disposable water bottles, and ensured biodegradable plates and flatware were available for our catered lunches.Though you probably didn’t notice, we also eliminated the use of cardboard boxes to transport and store the registration materials resulting in less waste.

Be on the lookout for our green leaf () that identifies other ways we are moving toward a more sustainable congress.

NY Congress Sustainability

Below are some of the ways we are moving toward our sustainable goals and how you can join us in this effort for the 2020 New York Congress:


You’ll never know the difference, but in 2020, your badge holder will be made of biodegradable PVC vinyl.
Though the bags we give out have always been made of recycled materials, we will no longer be accepting any bag inserts that are laminated or made of plastic.


All speakers will have boxed water instead of plastic water bottles on stage.


This year, we have partnered with NativeEnergy to purchase verified emissions reductions (VERs) to offset the estimated two tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per delegate. As part of your registration process, we will provide the opportunity for you to purchase the VERs for $15 USD. All purchases support the Sky Wind Project in the state of Maharashtra, India. Learn how you can participate in this effort and purchase carbon offsets.

Though we know the cost may be prohibitive for some individuals attending the congress, we hope that those who can participate will. As an example, ISPA is committed to offsetting the two tonnes of CO2 emissions created by our staff and volunteers. If you have questions or feedback about this initiative, please feel free to contact me.

Yours in a sustainable future,
David Baile

P.S. If you have already registered and missed the opportunity, you can purchase it separately here.

The Sky Wind Project is intended to meet the power requirements of small and medium scale industries using the electricity generated from the wind turbines and reduce greenhouse gas emission and promote sustainable development. In the absence of this project, the equivalent amount of electricity would have been generated by the power plants connected with the central grid in India, which is predominantly based on fossil fuel.

In addition to providing clean energy, the project has instituted programs to improve the lives of the people in the project area. The project has taken on several community development initiatives including:

  • Road/Infrastructure development – This effort has helped increase access in rural communities for accessibility to local schools, cultural shrines, and better access to local market for agricultural crops.
  • Improved drainage development – The area experiences water shortages, and these efforts to divert water to check dams and retaining pools can increase water infiltration and availability.
  • Involvement in local schools – The project has installed water filters to provide access to clean drinking water at village schools, provided scholarships to local students, developed a blood donation program, created a youth development program to support young students, and supported local cultural activities.


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Contact Ann Pattan


1 212 206 8490 x202