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Sustainability Report 2011-09-08 MF Edits2

Sustainability Report 2011-09-08 MF Edits2

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Sometimes you gotta roll up your pant legs too
SUSTAINABILITYREPORT
2010
Carbon Osets by:Event Greening Partner:
Passionate about your event 
itt r i rt
 
Karen Solomon
CEO 
LETTER TOSTAKEHOLDERS
Welcome.On behal o our team here at Opportunity Green, I’m proud to present our2010 Sustainability Report.
 With this report we’re inviting you to look inside our 2010conerence environmental sustainability program. We wantto show you what thve numbers look like and share a bitabout what’s going well and where we’ve been challenged andare looking to grow. We’ll also present some exciting plansor our 2011 conerence.We’re encouraged to see a growing business interest insustainability across industries and cultures as additionalthought and resources go into programs, processes andreporting.Implementing well thought out sustainable businesssystems through partnerships and across supply chains arean opportunity or us as executives and proessionals to begood citizens. Tey’re an opportunity or our businesses, toreduce risk and improve image, to reduce waste and improveprotability. oday with an ever growing body o knowledgeand resources at hand, reducing harmul impacts that wereonce considered business-as-usual are nally becomingpossible. We are proud to support the commitment o orward-thinking executives, managers and proessionals likeyoursel toward the loy goal o leaving the world in a betterplace than we ound it!Like you, we’re aced with dicult choices. We don’t haveunlimited resources and it can be dicult to know what toprioritize and what to take on next. As with any organization,how to take on new initiatives in a cost-eective manner is o the utmost importance.Tus we’ve decided that our own path to sustainablebusiness best practices will include looking at our impacts– both benecial and harmul - and report those to you,our stakeholders, in a clear and concise manner. We believesharing our experiences will help us get better, and will bebenecial or you too.v Finally, one o the accomplishments we’re most proudo that you won’t be able to see in this report (at least notdirectly) – is the passionate commitment o our team, theun we had brainstorming and testing our ideas, and thebonds we’ve built by rolling up our sleeves (and pant legs!) todevelop and implement processes that allow us to make thisreport meaningul.We’re not perect – no one is – but we commit to you, andto everyone in our community, that we’ll keep on doing our very best to listen, analyze and improve every step o the way.
Enjoy Our Report,
Karen Solomon
CEO, Opportunity Green
 
During the 2010 conerence, attendees
1
tossed 3,200 pounds
2
 o material into our resource recovery bins. Tat’s two-timeswhat we recovered in 2009. Compared with a 12% increasein attendance it becomes a telling statistic. We attribute this jump to clearer communication with vendors and sponsorsregarding how to handle their pre- and post-conerence waste.Our Diversion Rate
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this year was 96.3% percent -- a 12.5%improvement rom 2009. Tis initiative was a ocus or us in2010 so we’re happiest to see that improvement. DiversionRate is easy to measure, is ‘material’ to our Materials Manage-ment eort (a little Global Reporting Initiative humor there),and its lets us compare year-to-year perormance in a straight-orward manner.Compostable materials recovered went down to 400 poundsin 2010 rom 520 pounds in 2009. We attribute this decrease to better pre-event management and serving meals withless associated waste and better-trained volunteers.We captured paper in the same bin as bottles and cans, which helped to limit the number o recycling bins neededon-site. Since wet paper can’t be recycled we asked attendees to empty beverage containers beore binning the bottle or can. We captured 175 gal-lons o this ‘beverage remainder efuent’ (or backwash). Could backwashbe converted into a biouel? At this point that backwash is pure waste, butwe’re hoping that one o you enterprising entrepreneurs will turn it into abyproduct
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in 2011.
1 We dene “attendees” to include staf sponsors, speakers, volunteers and paid attendees.2 Weights are accurate to the nearest 10 pounds.3 Diversion Rate ormula:((Total Materials Recovered – Material Landlled) / Total Materials Recovered)4 Products, byproducts, and waste are the three outputs o any business process.
INPUTS& OUTPUTS
MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
Los Angeles CenterStudios is designedto be a lm and tele- vision productionacility that also pro- vides on-site ocespace to productioncompanies and othertenants. Meteringutilities on their campus is congured to serve those busi-ness requirements. Sub-metering electricity and water, in aconguration that suits the interest o this report, serves nopractical business purpose or them, so the spaces we useor the conerence do not have dedicated sub-metering. Tismeans that we can produce only very rough estimates o howmuch electricity and water we pull during the conerence.With all o this in mind, our apparent electricity consump-tion in 2010 was not measurable (to estimate rom scratchwill take time). Our apparent water consumption was 1822cubic eet.Because the common areas we occupy at Los Angeles Cen-ter Studios don’t use natural gas we’ve stopped reporting ourconsumption o it.We’re looking closely at waysto improve our accuracy aroundmonitoring our consumption o these resources in 2011.
METERING
ccf kWh

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