10th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography

Changing southern climates

Noumea, New-Caledonia, 23 - 27 april 2012

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Green guidelines : Conference Organization and Planning

As a scientific and professional organization whose members are keenly aware of environmental issues, the AMS strives to be in the forefront of environmental stewardship.

As atmospheric scientists, we are particularly concerned about rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and associated climate change. The following guidelines summarize the AMS commitment to conducting conferences in a manner that stresses responsible use of natural resources and minimization of greenhouse gas emissions and other waste and pollutants. These guidelines are provided for coordinators, committees, contractors and all AMS members, and aim to educate and inspire continued mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions both within AMS and the larger society. 

  1. Participants and presenters are advised in advance that the meeting will strive to minimize environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions. The registration materials ask that participants respect and assist this process as they feel appropriate.
  2. For most of the goods procured for the meeting, preference is given to the most environmentally-appropriate, locally-produced alternatives that are available at a reasonable price. We are willing to pay more for environmental responsibility.
  3. Printed materials are kept to a minimum.
  4. Gifts for participants are minimized, but when provided are minimally packaged and aim to minimize the use of toxic materials.
  5. Conference CDs are not offered, rather materials such as abstracts and proceedings are provided online or on a re-usable USB-key.
  6. Attendees who fly are encouraged to travel by direct flights.
  7. 10ICSHMO will seek funding to offset the emissions related to transport. For this, registering attendees are required to indicate their flight duration, and are also provided with options to offset their transportation.
  8. Steps are taken to minimize environmental impact of transportation to the conference and during the conference by organizing an optimized shuttle service.
  9. Sponsors and donors are actively sought who reflect positive environmental values and practices.

 

Updated 08/24/2012

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