CLEANPOWER Sustainability Program

 

Our Mission

At CLEANPOWER we are driven to make a positive change in our environment and our world through powering a clean energy future. We are committed to sustainability, renewable energy, and reducing the impacts of climate change. Stewardship of the earth’s resources is considered in our event planning processes and practices wherever possible.

 

Event Sustainability Goals

ACP’s event planning team has committed to five long term goals that will ensure CLEANPOWER is mitigating any harmful environmental impacts and supporting positive social change whenever and wherever we hold CLEANPOWER today and into the future.

  1. Become a Carbon Neutral Event by 2025
  2. Become a “No Waste Event”
  3. Engage all stakeholders in our supply chain around the sustainability goals and initiatives created for CLEANPOWER
  4. Create a positive social impact in the communities that host CLEANPOWER
  5. Show leadership and innovation in sustainable event management

2021 Sustainability Highlights

  • The ACP booth is an extension of our NO WASTE EVENT goal by transforming every element from the traditional take-make-waste system to a make-no-waste system. We are reconfiguring how we manage resources, how we provide and use products, and what we do with the materials afterwards.
  • Support Our Future Leaders! This contribution will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake City to help fund their STEM education program activities focused on teaching kids about renewable energy. When kids have access to high-yield experiences, they can overcome barriers to success. Participate here
  • ACP is offsetting the energy used during the CLEANPOWER show including our staff travel with clean energy credits and we invite you to do your part by offsetting your travel when you register.
  • We are partnering with the Utah Art Alliance and bringing upcycled art pieces made from tradeshow waste to our show floor. Check out the installations throughout the exhibit hall.
  • Meet at the ACP Booth to take a sustainability tour of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Highlights include visiting the rooftop solar array and the inhouse-repurpose workshop

Energy

What our show is doing…

  • The Salt Palace Convention Center features a rooftop 600,000 square foot solar array made up of 6,006 solar panels. The array has been operational as of May 2012, and averages 17% of the Salt Palace’s annual energy usage.
  • Tracking of energy consumption at the convention center and hotels to offset the carbon impact through our partnership with carbon offset sponsor
  • No HVAC during move in/move out.
  • Lighting levels are set to 50% during move in/move out.
  • Encourage shipping/freight through SmartWay freight partners.

Waste

What our show is doing…

  • Clearly labeled 3-bin front of house systems (recycle, compost, landfill) placed throughout the Salt Palace Convention Center.
  • Food and Material donations will be taking place in coordination with (CHARITIES)
  • GES offers in booth recycling and compost porter service for exhibitors.
  • Eliminated foamcore signage and prohibit styrofoam from the show.
  • Staff meals are served on reusable serviceware.
  • Identified water refill stations throughout the convention center to allow for easy water bottle refill.
  • We are aiming to eliminate single-use plastics in the coming years!

Travel & Accommodations

  • Carbon offset add-on: Attendees have an opportunity to offset their airline travel carbon emissions during online registration process.
  • Save carbon and hop on the TRAX Green Line which connects the airport to downtown Salt Lake City for only $2.50 each way. More details on the green line can be found here including a detailed schedule.
  • The convention center and all of the official CLEANPOWER hotels are within the free fare zone on TRAX, the local light rail system.
  • Check out the hotel sustainability summary to find out all the sustainability efforts in place at your hotel so you can take advantage of them!

Exhibitor Sustainability

Exhibitor Sustainability Green Team

How does it work? Through a short survey exhibitors share how their practices in planning and exhibiting onsite impact social and environmental sustainability metrics. Questions cover things like lighting, procurement, material give-a-ways in your booth, shipping booth materials and local transportation while your staff is on-site.

An exhibitor must comply with the mandatory items identified in a variety of categories plus at least 4 optional items in across any of the categories. Random audit of practices will take place on site to ensure compliance.

By participating in the Green Team Exhibitor Program your company and exhibition booth will receive additional recognition throughout the show cycle including:

  • Highlight on Event Website
  • Onsite Booth Recognition, including an opportunity to be featured on a floor decal, directing attendees to your booth.
  • Booth will be included in the ACP attendee scavenger hunt.
  • Special designation in the show directory
  • Special designation in the event app

Award opportunities: CLEANPOWER Sustainability Leader Award is given to one exhibitor that shows outstanding commitment to sustainable operations and exhibiting practices at CLEANPOWER 2021 by detailing their commitment to sustainability practices.

At the end of the survey there is a section for you to participate in our Sustainable Exhibitor Award program. This section is for exhibitors to highlight some of the following:

Award Winner will receive:

  • Recognition on ACP’s website
  • Recognition on show site include social media announcements, photo opportunity. Etc.
  • ACP blog post featuring your efforts
  • Highlight in the sustainability report for the CLEANPOWER 2021 conference

CLEANPOWER 2022 exhibitor guidelines will require that every exhibitor fill out a survey to exhibit.

Attendee Sustainability

  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup throughout the conference. Water bottle refill stations are located throughout the convention center and there will be stations on the expo hall floor to refill.
  • Make the Pledge: Visit the ACP booth and make your commitment to be sustainable while onsite at CLEANPOWER. Pledges include simple yet meaningful actions that can reduce our environmental impacts.
  • Participate in your hotel’s Linen ReUse Program- Did you know that you can often earn Rewards points for participating? Ask your hotel about their specific awards incentives!
  • Take shorter showers to save water and time!
  • Turn off lights and thermostat when leaving your hotel room
  • If exhibiting, be sure to power down your booth at the end of each show day
  • Offset your travel to/from CLEANPOWER
  • Choose to eat vegetarian or vegan at least one meal per day OR make the commitment eat meat free ALL WEEK!

Community Partnerships

Sustainability Tours

  • Convention center staff will provide tours of the 1.65 MW solar array installed on the roof of the convention center during the CLEANPOWER event. Utah’s largest rooftop solar system covers 600,00 square-feet and provides 17% of the convention center’s annual power needs. Click here for more about the project. This tour will also include some highlights of the building’s sustainability efforts as they partner with ACP for this conference. Add this free tour to your registration and we will contact you with more details including timing.

Community Service Project

Our goal is to raise $30,000 together to help fund their STEM education program activities focused on teaching kids about renewable energy.

Working with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake City STEM Coordinator, ACP is supporting a solar focused STEM activity for the clubs the week prior to our conference. We will then visit the Spence Eccles Club (less than a mile from the Salt Palace Convention Center) on Monday, December 6 for a Careers in Renewable Energy presentation to the club members. If you would like to be a member of the volunteer committee who will visit the club, please email epetersoncarr@cleanpower.org for more details. Learn more about the project here.

The Spence Eccles Club is a green building utilizing solar panels. You can read more about it here.

Food and Materials Donation

In coordination with the Salt Palace and local non profit organizations, leftover food is donated through a local community partner, Waste Less Solutions. This is done by Waste Less Solutions getting donors in the food industry (e.g. Centerplate), receiving agencies that feed the food insecure (e.g. homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers), and volunteer rescuers who sign up to deliver the food from the donors to the receiving agencies

The Salt Palace runs a Community Impact Program that donates leftover event materials to local community partners. The program aims to donate every material possible, common materials include signage, carpet, furniture, and registration materials. Community partners are primarily nonprofit organizations, and also include schools (elementary through college), art and theater programs, and small businesses. A full list of community partners can be found here.

Questions? Click here to view sustainability FAQs.

Exhibit

A booth gives your company limitless opportunities to increase sales, reach new buyers, close deals, and strengthen your brand. All the major players in the US renewable energy industry attend.

Sponsoring CLEANPOWER 2021 gives you the opportunity to broadcast your company brand.

Sponsor

This type of exposure is invaluable to companies that want to be considered as market leaders, and shows both commitment to a growing industry, and value as a market resource.