Making This Year’s ISSA Show the Greenest Yet

In just a couple of weeks members of ISSA, BSCAI, IEHA, ARCSI and CETA, as well as attendees from across the country will gather for the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America tradeshow in Las Vegas.

For this one event, more than 17,000 people will travel to and from the city, occupy thousands of guest rooms, travel within the city, and dine around town. What is often overlooked with such a mega event is the environmental impact so many people can have, both during the tradeshow and out on the town.

Because of this, Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, recommends several ways attendees can be Greener and promote sustainability before and during their stay in Las Vegas.

Among them are the following:

On the convention floor:

  • To cut down on waste, take only the paper catalogs, brochures, and other literature that you really need. Better yet, ask exhibitors to e-mail an electronic copy to you.
  • Whenever possible, use washable or reusable plates, cups, napkins, and similar items.
  • Ask exhibitors about their Green innovations; this sends a clear message that you are interested in and care about environmental issues.
  • Look for innovations in every product category—chemicals, paper, liners, equipment, tools, and other products—that include Green alternatives to conventional products.

In your hotel:

  • When leaving your guest room, turn off air-conditioning, lights, and electronics. According to one study, Las Vegas consumes 164 percent more energy than the average US city.
  • Las Vegas can be hot—including the temperature. Close the curtains in your guest room to keep it cooler.
  • Water is as valuable as oil in Las Vegas. Reuse towels and linens to reduce water and energy consumption, and let the front desk know if the sink, tub, shower or toilets are running.
While dining out:
  • Don’t forget to eat your greens! Plant-based foods are considered more sustainable than meats because animal production consumes more natural resources.
  • Do not overindulge and waste food. The MGM Grand hotel reports that each year about 7,600 tons of excess food is either tossed out or, fortunately, recycled to feed farm animals—and this is just from one hotel!
  • Dine at locally owned restaurants and bars. Supporting locally owned establishments puts more money back into the local economy instead of some international conglomerate, helping to invest in the local community.
  • “And don’t forget to tip the hotel housekeeper,” adds Ashkin. “It’s not only a sustainable thing to do, it’s also the right thing to do.”