CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABILITY AT BIOTECH WEEK BOSTON
At BWB, we are committed to running events which are both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. From the innovative ways we interact onsite to the radical changes in the way we build our exhibition - here is a breakdown of how we are embedding sustainability in everything we do.
We are proud to deliver you a sustainable event by launching several new initiatives noted below.
Our event guide will be delivered in a 100% digital format through our ConnectMe app this year, significantly reducing our usage of paper products during the live experience.
Food & Beverage
During the event, you will find biodegradable food packaging as well as corn-based fully compostable cups and utensils. Look out for the various receptacles to recycle paper, plastic and glass waste. Also don’t miss our entirely vegetarian lunch on Thursday in the exhibit hall and more healthy and vegetarian options throughout the food services at the event!
We will be working local volunteers every day during the event to make sure any accepted food remaining from the day can be brought to local nonprofits providing meals to the food insecure.
Global Learning Scholarship Program
BWB is proud to participate in the Global Learning Scholarship Program (GLSP), providing opportunities for scientists, researchers, pharmaceutical, and medical device professionals from low- and middle-income countries to access the latest ideas, science, technology and partnerships to make a positive impact on fighting global disease.
Our ‘Better Stands’ approach
Through our commitment to the evolution of the exhibitions industry, we aim to ensure that we are delivering the best possible experience for our customers. We believe that by moving away from the use of disposable exhibition booths we will improve the ease, quality, safety and sustainability of the exhibitor experience at our events. We aim to further minimize exhibition waste by ensuring any carpet use in our aisles is recyclable, using digital signage options as much as possible or using eco cardboard. Finally encouraging our exhibitors to minimize handouts by utilizing our digital download QR code technology at their booths.
In addition to ensuring our venue is using energy efficient lighting, this year our event will also be fully powered by Renewable Energy
Going Carbon Neutral
Going carbon neutral means that we will continue to reduce as many greenhouse gas emissions as possible and compensate for the remaining carbon emissions our show emits (from travel, hotel stays, energy-use, waste, etc.) through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets.
In 2016, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) was certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”, is an internationally adopted “green building” rating system, which evaluates a building’s environmental footprint in terms of its resource consumption, waste management practices, and overall operational efficiency.
Both the BCEC and the Hynes have state-of-the-art Lutron Lighting Systems installed throughout the facilities and sensor-controlled lighting in all meeting rooms. To improve building efficiency, lighting and HVAC are reduced during show move-in and move out. In a year alone, 1,300,000 kwH were saved due to LED lighting upgrades at the BCEC.
The BCEC and the Hynes recycle over 800 combined tons of material, including cardboard, plastic, paper, glass, and food waste with an average waste diversion rate of 47% at the BCEC. Annually, over 600,000 lbs of food waste are sent to be used for anaerobic digestion with any residuals being pelletized and land applied. In 2019, the MCCA also started an office organics collection program, currently available in four locations at the BCEC and one at the Hynes.
Annual BWB Fun Run/Walk
Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30am
Grab your sneakers and meet us at the Registration Desk in the North Lobby of the BCEC for this sunrise run/walk along the beautiful Boston waterfront. BWB tee shirts provided for participants on first come first serve basis.
Rise & Shine Yoga
Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00am
Join us for a beginner yoga class at the BCEC in the Ballroom Foyer to exercise as the sun comes up. Modifications provided for more advanced students. The first 25 participants will receive a travel yoga mat to take home.
Life Science Cares Booth - Sponsored by Cytiva #1121
Visit us during Biotech Week Boston to help pack warm care kits for the children of Youth Enrichment Services (YES). Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is a private, nonprofit organization which provides affordable and impactful sports-based youth development and leadership programming for Boston children and teens. Founded in 1968 by Richard Williams, YES believes deeply in the transformative power of engaging youth in active outdoor activities.YES is dedicated to serving Boston youth with a targeted focus on reaching low-to-moderate income children and teens in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and our future neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. YES currently serves more than 1,600 children and teens annually.
Hydration Stations – Bring your own water bottle!
Don’t forget to pack your reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Hydration stations will be provided outside of session rooms and inside the exhibit halls of all our events.
Plant Based Lunch on Wednesday!
Please join us for our annual plant based lunch in the exhibit hall. This year’s menu will feature locally source plant based options with an Asian Buffet flair. Don’t worry we won’t forget dessert. Just one person eating vegan for the day saves: 1 animal not eaten, 4164 litres of water, 18kg of grain, 9kg of CO2, 10sqft of forest.
Play our Sustainability Game for Points!
Play our game for points whilst also supporting our non-profit partner Cradles to Crayon
- Download our app and go digital!
- Take part in sustainable activity and scan the ‘green QR’ codes around the venue to get sustainability points, make sure you also stop by the exhibitor passport booths!
- Keep your eye on the game leaderboard in the app
**Each point scored we’ll make $1 donation on your behalf to the Cradles to Crayons Winter Gear Drive**
The winner will also receive a free ticket to Biotech Week Boston conference and Exhibition in 2024
Biotech Week Boston 2023 hosted by Informa Connect has partnered with Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization based in Newton, MA, that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless and low-income situations, with the essentials they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play.
Recycle your Badge & Lanyard
After the event concludes, turn your badge and lanyard back into the bins provided so that we may recycle it! Thanks to our Terracycle Zero Waste boxes, all lanyards and badges will be recycled.
Convention C.A.R.E Exhibitor Donations
We will be utilising the BCEC’s Conventions C.A.R.E (Community Assistance by Responsible Events) program to collect clean, usable, nonperishable donations from exhibitors (aswell as our own event materials) after the events closes, these will be donated to local nonprofits around Boston.
New for this year - a digital poster hall where posters are viewed on screen monitors (instead of printed) in the Exhibit Hall
CarbonNeutral® Event Certification
CarbonNeutral® Event Certification is a designation that demonstrates our event has achieved carbon neutrality in line with the CarbonNeutral Protocol. This certification is administered by Climate Impact Partners, and is a global standard managed for over 20 years to deliver clean, conclusive, and transparent carbon neutral programs. The carbon footprint of our events are verified by a third-party company, Bureau Veritas. This initiative is part of the FasterForward - Faster to Zero commitment to becoming completely carbon neutral as a business by 2025 by our parent company, Informa.
HOW ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT?
We believe a sustainable event focuses on three main aims...
We want BWB to be run in a socially responsible manner. To do so, we are focusing on:
- Doing business safely and ethically
- Considering wellbeing and accessibility
- Creating a positive impact on our host cities and measuring our impacts
- Supporting sponsors and partners in donating to local and industry-related charities
BWB will be run in an increasingly environmentally responsible manner, focusing on:
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Designing our events to eliminate waste
- Considering sustainability credentials for every item sourced for the event
Our aim is for BWB to promote long-term sustainable development - in the way that we run the event but also in how it's implemented in the market as a whole. We are committing to:
- Using our content to support the sustainability of the cell, gene and immunotherapy market
- Developing close partnerships with relevant charities, companies and associations and giving them a platform to promote their work in the field
- Facilitating discussions on pertinent topics including diversity & inclusion, gender balance, sustainability trends, the impact on the environment & more..
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT BWB
Our mission is to give our colleagues, the markets we serve, and our wider communities access to extraordinary people and diverse insights that brings us together and celebrates authenticity. Through our live and data-driven digital services, we cultivate connections, provide meaningful content, and strive to remain a global leader. We celebrate unique perspectives and sharing all ideas within a safe and transparent environment. We believe in sustainability and continuous learning as it strengthens everything from our people, our products and our markets. We understand that to be more, we need to do more. Together, we will continue to listen, innovate, and act as a driver of change to build a business that reflects the communities we connect.
FASTERFORWARD TO ZERO
FasterForward is BWB's approach to sustainability, moving faster to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business.
A series of activities and commitments carried out between 2020-2025 will ensure our events become ever more sustainable, delivering a truly positive impact to the markets we serve. We will also actively help our partners, customers and wider markets to achieve the same.
Our FasterForward commitments include:
- Enable one million disconnected people to access networks and knowledge by 2025
- Become carbon neutral across our events by 2025
- Halve the waste generated through our events by 2025
- Embed sustainability inside 100% of our events by 2025
See the full list of commitments and find out more >>