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ASHE's Commitment to Sustainability


ASHE is proud of its leadership in advocating for health care facilities to embrace sustainability practices in their activities to optimize health care physical environments.  

In an effort to model this behavior in our own practices, ASHE is actively working to employ sustainable practices in the production of its in-person conferences & exhibitions.  

Over the next three years, ASHE is committing to improve its practices around the “dirty dozen” areas of waste within the in-person conference production space: Food, Food Packaging and Service ware, Coffee Cups, Vinyl Banners, Tabletops, Plastic Foam, Plastic Sheeting, Shrink Wrap, Name Badges, Adhesive Decals, Carpet, and A/V Waste.  

In 2023, the ASHE event team will focus on implementing sustainable practices related to food, food packaging and service ware, as well as name badges.  

FOOD

 

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At the 2023 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center, we will employ its Sustainable Food & Beverage program, which includes:   

  • Local Fresh — Through a partnership with local farmers, Aventura Catering buys locally- grown fresh organic produce when possible to provide clients with environmentally friendly vegetarian meal selections.  
  • Monterey Bay Sustainable Seafood — Aventura is a proud participant in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sustainable seafood initiative, supporting ocean friendly seafood.  

 

FOOD PACKAGING

 

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  • Reusable Cutlery/Biodegradable Materials — To reduce waste, Aventura uses reusable cutlery, dishware, linens and decorations, and when disposables are required, products made of recycled and biodegradable materials are used, such as bamboo plates.
  • Waste Not Partnership — Leftover food is donated to a local food bank or soup kitchen when possible.

 

SERVICE WARE

 

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ASHE will also offer attendees reusable water bottles and water refill stations to avoid the use of plastic cups and disposable plastic water bottles. ASHE encourages conference attendees to utilize these reusable water bottles or bring their own to the event.

For hot beverages, ASHE will offer 12 oz eco-choice ripple cups, eliminating the need for cup wrappers. ASHE encourages conference attendees to utilize these eco cups or bring their own reusable coffee tumblers to the event.

 

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In 2023, ASHE is also focused on reducing the paper it utilizes for its in-person events, and will be providing information on its products and services at its events through its mobile app, access to content through the use of QR codes, and follow-up information on resources enabled by badge scanning and post-event communications

Finally, ASHE continues to partner with the Expo group in the production of its in-person events. The Expo Group is a signatory along with over 120 other partners of the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge and to join the pledge for a Net Zero Carbon footprint, focused on fighting climate change with the ultimate goal of eliminating the event production industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.