Sustainable events

Transport

Virtual Conference

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Attended international event

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Arrival within Switzerland

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Gastronomy

Animal products

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Vegetables

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Labeling

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Foodwaste

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Beverages

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Non-Food

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The caterer

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Accommodation

Distance

Recommend accommodation near the venue, if possible within walking distance.

You’ll find information on transport options for your guests under the heading "journey within Switzerland"

Standard

Second to travel, choice of accommodation has the greatest influence on the CO2 balance of a conference [1, 2, 3].

Use the Zürich Tourism Venue Finder to filter for hotels that have been certified for their commitment to sustainability.

Venue Finder Zürich Tourismus
Zurich Tourism Venue Finder



Location

Standard

Use the Zürich Tourism Venue Finder to filter for an event location that is certified for its commitment to sustainability.

Venue Finder Zürich Tourismus
Zurich Tourism Venue Finder



Eco-friendly space

Electricity

If possible, cover the electricity requirements for the event with certified electricity from renewable energy sources (“naturemade star” seal of approval).

At ETH, 95.4 % of electricity consumption is currently (as of 2018) covered by renewable energy


Heating and cooling

The optimal temperature in the office is considered to be 20 - 21⁰C. However, this depends on the insulation of the building, the type of work and the clothing, among other things [1].

For every degree Celsius by which you lower the temperature, you save 6% of heating energy. Measure the room temperature with a thermometer and don’t set the thermostat unnecessarily high [2, 3].

The same goes for cooling. Don’t set the air conditioner colder than 4 - 8 °C below the outside air temperature [1].


Ventilation

Four litres of heating oil are wasted if a window is tilted open for a day in winter. Instead, ventilate three times a day for four to five minutes. Always turn down the thermostats before doing so [3].


Light

Daylight saves electricity, as do  LED-Lampen.

If you are planning a videoswitching system, also ensure optimum lighting conditions [4].



[1] SECCO 2011, Wegleitung zur Verordnung 3 zum Arbeitsgesetz: 2. Kapitel: Besondere Anforderungen des Gesundheitsschutzes; 2. Abschnitt: Beleuchtung, Raumklima, Lärm und Vibrationen; Art. 16 Raumklima

[2]: Ressourcen- und Umweltmanagement der Bundesverwaltung, 2012, Eine Information zum optimalen Heizen und Lüften am Arbeitplatz, www.rumba.admin.ch

[3]: Amt für Umweltschutz Stadt Bern: Umwelt Infoblatt Heizen und Lüften (2014)

[4]: ID MMS-VC Infrastructrure

infrastructure

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Accessibility

  • Ensure persons with impaired hearing, sight and mobility can easily access the event rooms and WC.
  • Seating: make sure that there’s sufficient space for wheelchairs.
  • Catering: ensure tables have under-clearance and arrange buffet at a low level


Cleaning

If you’re holding your event in a location outside ETH Zurich, please ask those in charge or the cleaning company to use ecological cleaning agents.

Decoration

Flowers

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Light

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Candles

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Furnishing

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Baloons

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Invitation

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Give-Aways

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Waste

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Finance

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Program

During the Conference

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Side Program

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Evaluation

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Advertising

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Helpers

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Compensation

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