Sustainability Policy of ESEE 2019 Conference
The Local Organizing Committee is strongly committed to make the 13th Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics (ESEE 2019) as sustainable as possible in environmental and social sense. We are openly devoted to the values of social and environmental justice, we pay special attention to diversity, gender equality and participation.
Our sustainability policy aims to adopt, apply and promote principles that can contribute to make the event more sustainable and to encourage participants to be environmentally and socially conscious. We are committed to engage an ongoing discussion with the major stakeholders, such as participants, suppliers, catering providers, conference committees, track chairs, volunteers, local community groups, etc. in order to be able to integrate the sustainability principles into the organization and management of the event.
We aim to provide conference participants with local, organic, vegetarian and vegan food. Furthermore, we provide conference participants with an option to compensate for climate effects in Finland.
No paper policy
We apply a no paper policy in our conference. We decide not to prepare a conventional conference bag with printed programs and other informational material. Instead, we develop a mobile application ‘ESEE 2019’, where you can find all the necessary information including programme, maps, details of other participants etc.
Our sustainability strategy aims to cover the following principles:
- Minimizing the environmental load of the conference package and information materials.
- Offering accommodation options committed to greener principles and are in walking distance from the venue.
- Reducing waste quantity and promoting recycling at the venue.
- Selecting subcontractors and other service providers (e.g. catering) based on environmental and social merit.
- Giving attention to intergenerational relationships and to involve socially disadvantaged people (NGOs and civic organizations dealing with intergenerational relationships, homeless, and marginalized people).
- Prioritizing gender balance in composition of the speakers and the program.
- Using participative decision-making strategies during the planning, inviting all organizers to express their opinion and thoughts, and making decisions together on the basis of consensus.