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 and 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.
We provide opportunities for procurements from retailers with a reliable track record of sustainable production, e.g. Pure Waste.
No paper policy
We apply 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.
Compensating for climate impacts of participation in the conference
By participating in scientific conferences, we cause harmful environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions and habitat destruction. Climate and biodiversity offsetting are approaches where such harmful environmental impacts are compensated by producing benefits for nature or sequestration of carbon that would not have be achieved otherwise. We aim to offset the harmful climate and biodiversity impacts of the ESEE 2019 conference in the following way:
We provide conference participants with two main options to compensate for climate effects in Finland.
The first is purchasing a piece of old-growth forest via the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation. As stated on the website, the “Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation is a non-governmental organization that promotes protection of old growth forests. The foundation has been active since its establishment in 1995, purchasing old untouched forests with donation funds and applying for permanent protection for them according to the Nature Conservation Act.” For more information, please visit the following web page.
The second is purchasing a share of the Finnish Carbon Stock Exchange (Hiilipörssi), by which you invest carbon from the atmosphere into the swamps, the largest carbon stock in Finland. By investing in the Finnish Carbon Stock Exchange, you in addition help to restore the swamp and to clean up water. Unfortunately, the web page of the Finnish Stock Exchange is mainly available in Finnish, see Hiilipörssi. A brief introduction of the Finnish Carbon Stock Exchange in English can be found here.
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 programme.
- Using participative decision-making strategies during the planning, inviting all organizers to express their opinion and thoughts, and making decisions together based on consensus.