Justine Espiritu, TEDxHonolulu Sustainability Curator, tells us how her creative and dedicated team of volunteers helped TEDxHonolulu have its past three consecutive conferences certified as Green Events by the Hawaii Green Business Program.
As we prepare for each event, our team asks how can we mitigate our environmental impact? How can we use our event to promote environmental consciousness in a way that is engaging, interactive, and meaningful?
Over the past three years:
We’ve partnered with Sustainable Coastlines to manage and measure waste generated during our main event and diverted recyclables and compostables away from the landfill.
We integrated speaker Hayden Atkin’s idea of a “bike power revolution” to produce the first bike-powered TEDx Event.
We partnered with two local catering teams to serve a predominately local and organic vegan meal to 600+ attendees, and equipped them with reusable utensils and compostable plates thanks to the passion and efforts of TEDxHonolulu SustainabilityTeam member extraordinaire Doore Shin.
Several local companies offered raffle prizes to encourage alternative transportation to and from the event.
KVIBE has consistently provided their Bike Valet services at our events to reward bikers, and last year Hawaii Bicycling League helped rally people to bike through a creative initiative we’re calling “Bike-pools”.
We partnered with Lyon Associates and HMSA to sponsor our waste management and carpooling initiatives
Instead of reinventing the wheel, TEDxHonolulu wants to leverage the efforts and expertise that already exists in our community.
We’re looking forward to reinforcing our past initiatives that embraced the concepts of a “green” event, and we’re excited to see what new and creative initiatives spring up for 2016!
If you’d like to be part of TEDxHonolulu’s sustainability efforts this year, please contact me! Together, we’re setting an example to event coordinators (and other TEDx organizers around the world!) that it’s rewarding to be “green”!
Justine Espiritu has a BA in Psychology and Historical & Political Studies from Chaminade University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, she has been living on Oahu since 2004. Justine works in clean transportation and likes writing down her feelings, talking about local food, and GOMOBAATing at book club meetings