Sustainability Initiatives & Partners

Discover ACS Fall 2024's sustainability initiatives and business partners that are focusing on energy, reducing plastic waste, saving fuel, and conserving trees. Join us in making a greener event!

Sustainability Intiatives

Focus on Energy

  • Measure and track energy use at the convention center and meeting hotels (carbon emissions, water and electricity used, pounds of material recycled and composted)

Reducing Plastic Waste

  • Provide glassware next to water coolers where available (Embassy Suites and Hyatt Regency)
  • Eliminate aisle carpeting in Expo Hall (also saves energy and fuel)

Saving on Fuel

  • Utilize hotel shuttle company which purchases carbon offsets on ACS’ behalf
  • Concentrated number of meeting venues within walking distance, reducing the number of shuttles needed
  • Ordering locally produced food and beverage, where available, and labeling local ingredients used in buffet meals
  • Use locally grown florals in arrangements; rent green plants

Saving Trees

  • Badges – use recyclable paper, no plastic holder, lanyards and clips are biodegradable
  • Use digital signage. When physical signage is needed, it is created with recyclable materials and made evergreen when possible to re-use
  • Digital program provided on website and mobile app
  • Digital presenter certificates 
  • Use badge scanners instead of paper drink tickets at SciMix

Demonstrating Commitment to Being More Sustainable

  • Partner with meeting vendors who share our sustainability goals
  • Communicate ACS’ sustainability efforts at Fall 2024 in mobile app, website, and emails
  • Encourage attendees to take individual actions at the meeting to be more sustainable by providing a list of tips
  • Provide sustainability tips in exhibitor monthly newsletter

Sustainable Venues

City of Denver

  • World’s first destination to receive Platinum certification from the Event Industry Council’s Sustainable Event Standards
  • Denver International Airport (DEN) is dedicated to being eco-friendly and energy efficient, with initiatives such as solar arrays, deicing fluid recycling, and alternative fuel  fleets
  • Find environmentally friendly hotels, restaurants, and more with Denver’s Green Vendor Directory 

Colorado Convention Center

  • LEED Gold – Existing Building
  • Water filling stations at every drinking fountain throughout CCC
  • Clearly labeled waste receptacles for recycling, compost, and landfill
  • Rooftop solar array, generating 400,000 kWh annually
  • Walkable to more than 11,000 hotel rooms; light rail station on the property

Sodexo Live! 

Caterer at the Colorado Convention Center

  • All serviceware is either compostable or recyclable
  • Blue Bear Farm, a 5,000 square foot garden next to the CCC, provides produce year round to Sodexo Live!
  • Works to identify local and sustainable products

Hyatt Regency Denver

Hotel at Colorado Convention Center

  • Single stream recycling bins placed in all public areas, meeting spaces, guest rooms, and back of house.
  • Composting of leftover food from banquets, kitchen and staff cafeteria
  • Energy management system to program HVAC to maximize energy efficiency
  • Green Seal certified 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown

  • LEED Silver 
  • Food donation program to local food pantry
  • Elevator motors convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, feeding power back into hotel’s energy grid

Sheraton Denver Downtown

  • Linenless buffet tables and bars to reduce laundry and water contamination
  • Composting of food waste from banquets, kitchen and staff cafeteria 
  • Trash monitoring system on hotel compactors to monitor waste has resulted in 50% reduction 
  • Energy efficient guest room thermostat system

Sustainable Vendors


Signage, Expo and Freight

  • Signage – uses recyclable material and eco-friendly ink
  • Recycle and re-purpose carpeting and fabric drape
  • Enforce engine idling policies at all locations


Audio and Visual Production

  • Earned Bronze medal from Ecovadis for global business sustainability

Seat Planners


  • Provides carbon offset donation on behalf of ACS, according to the carbon footprint utilized by shuttles at ACS Spring and Fall meetings.
  • Design shuttle routes to maximize fuel efficiency

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