A Greener APWA Congress

As primary caretakers for infrastructure, public works departments all over North America are finding new ways to ensure a better tomorrow.

Following the lead of its members, APWA is continuing to step up its efforts to make the Best Show in Public Works more sustainable every year. In the last several years we have implemented the following efforts:

  • Electronic registration
  • Printing on FSC-certified paper made with post-consumer content and renewable energy
  • Printing smaller Congress Previews and Congress Programs
  • Education sessions focused on green and sustainability issues
  • Electronic speaker files
  • Exercising a green procurement strategy to purchase registration bags, badges and lanyards. Turn them back in to us onsite, and we’ll recycle them!
  • Encouraging convention center and official hotels to implement waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and clean air practices
  • Educating exhibitors with tips and best practices on how to “exhibit green”

There are many more ways to make Congress more sustainable every year; we'll be exploring all that are feasible. Before you travel, take a few minutes to figure out your own personal carbon footprint. There are a number of websites that have calculators to assist you with this process. Working together we can all make a difference!

2013 "Green" Exhibitors

The following exhibiting companies will be located in the Green Pavilion on the exhibit floor.

3M Company
6D Solutions
AMEC Environment and Infrastructure
AP/M Permaform
Asphalt Pavement Alliance
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
Five D Industries
Gallagher Asphalt Corporation
GovDeals, Inc.
Mohawk Lifts
Networkfleet, Inc 
North American Society for Trenchless Technology
Oertel Architects, Ltd. 
Public Restroom Company
Quest Construction Products
Rinker Materials - Concrete Pipe Division
RSC Bio Solutions
Rubber Pavements Association
Salt-Away Products Inc.
SNI Solutions, Inc.
Williams Architects

Speaker Handouts

In our continuing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our meetings and events, we've moved to an "almost paperless" Congress. Speaker handouts may be downloaded from here as they become available. They will be posted before, during and after Congress, so check back often for updates.

McCormick Place Sustainability Efforts

McCormick Place is committed to initiatives designed to conserve energy, protect vital resources and promote ecologically-efficient policies and procedures. To achieve this goal:

  • McCormick Place works with service partners, customers and vendors to encourage sustainable efforts through education, defined expectations and example.
  • McCormick Place develops and incorporates into its operation procedures environmentally-friendly products, processes and practices that are cost-effective and consistent with the core services we provide. 
McCormick Place has also undertaken many other green initiatives designed to help the environment. They are committed to doing their part to help protect our environment, while also serving the needs of our customers and guests. Their sustainability program will continue to change and evolve as they make further progress with greening initiatives.

Read more about the green efforts of the nation's largest convention center here.