September 18-21, 2023
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center,
CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABILITY AT CELL & GENE THERAPY MANUFACTURING & COMMERICALIZATION US
At CGT US, 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.
Lanyards & Name Tags
After the event concludes, turn your badge and lanyard back in to Registration in the North Lobby so that we may recycle it! Thanks to our Terracycle Zero Waste boxes, all lanyards and badges will be recycled.
Food & Beverage
During the event, you will find compostable cups, various receptacles to recycle paper, plastic and glass waste. Also don’t miss our entirely vegetarian lunch on Friday in the exhibit hall and more healthy and vegetarian options throughout the food services at the event!
Rescuing Left Over Cuisine
We will be working with volunteers from RLC every day during the event to make sure any food remaining from the day can be brought to local nonprofits providing meals to the food insecure.
Greater Boston Food Bank
Evitria will be sponsoring natural cotton grocery totes in partnership with the GBFB. Bags can be returned to the Registration Desk at the end of the week along with any leftover inventory will be donated to the food bag to be used to transport food to insecure families and individuals.
Attendee Wellness Activities
Stay physically fit during the live event week by joining fellow attendees during our wellness activities:
- Attendee Fun Run | Thursday Sept 29 @ 6am | Casual 5k run around the city, all skill levels welcome!
- Rise n' Shine Yoga | Thursday Sept 29 @ 6am | Join this certified instructor-led yoga class before the sessions begin!
For both activities please meet at the registration desk by 5:50am.
Life Science Cares
During the event be sure to stop by the Pall/Life Science Cares Lounge inside the exhibition at Booth # 801 to help us put together hygiene kits & wellness kits for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Global Learning Scholarship Program
CGT 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 removing carpet in our aisles, 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
Through carbon offsetting, we support nature-based projects worldwide. Where we cannot yet avoid using carbon, Informa purchasers high quality offsets that support verified carbon saving projects.
Planting a Million Mangroves
We will be planting one mangrove for every attendee that downloads the ConnectMe app!
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.
Boston Children's Chorus
During the event, we will be hosting a performance of the BCC during our opening reception. We are thrilled to partner with the BCC again this year and will be providing a donation for their participation!
HOW ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT?
We believe a sustainable event focuses on three main aims...
We want CGT US 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
CGT US 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 CGT US 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..
September 18-21, 2023
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center,
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT CGT US
FASTERFORWARD TO ZERO
FasterForward is CGT US' 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 >>