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IRT — Interactive Response Technologies

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October 16-17, 2024Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts
October 16-17, 2024,
Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts

CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABILITY AT IRT

At IRT - Interactive Response Technologies, 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.

HOW ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT AND HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Digital Platform

Our event guide is delivered in a 100% digital format via our ConnectMe App. Look out for signs around the venue to download the App and take part in our Passport Program to visit exhibit booths and win prizes!

Lanyards and Badges

We will be using a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box to recycle used lanyards and badges after the event. Don’t forget to drop off your badge and lanyard off before you leave.

Education

Our Global Learning Scholarship Program (GLSP) provides 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.

FASTERFORWARD TO ZERO

FasterForward is IRT'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 >>

HOW ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT?

We believe a sustainable event focuses on three main aims...

Social responsibility

We want IRT 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

Environmental responsibility

IRT 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

Sustainable development

Our aim is for IRT 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 bioprocessing industry
  • 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.

Informa Code of Conduct

In all interactions and in every place we operate, Informa is committed to doing so lawfully, ethically and with integrity.

Our Code of Conduct and other global policies, some of which are listed here, provide guidance on how to apply these commitments to the way we work.

They cover how we work with each other, with our customers, suppliers and other key partners and communities.

We also operate a whistleblowing policy and reporting service called Speak Up. This lets anyone raise concerns relating to Informa, confidentially.

SUSTAINABILITY & WELLNESS

Here you can read about all our sustainability initiatives for IRT including energy tips, fitness activities, and healthy recipes to consider.

ENERGY TIPS

Please see below some useful tips to reduce your energy usage throughout the event:

Reducing your screen brightness from 100% to 70% is hardly noticeable, but can reduce energy consumption by 20%.

Reducing cooling by 1°C can reduce energy use by up to 8%.

Switch to energy saving mode on your computer or screen, or sit in areas with natural light.

FITNESS & WELLNESS

Rise and shine each morning with some mindfulness meditation to start the day off right.

During the event, take regular breaks from your screen with time set aside for important wellness activities, such as: 

  • Hydration Breaks -- Did you know that a glass of water can increase focus by as much as 30%?
  • Healthy Snack Breaks -- Food is fuel! Keep your mind energized with a healthy snack.
  • Stretch & Movement Breaks -- Give your seat a break! Take a few mins to stand, stretch, and move around.
  • Fresh Air Breaks -- Even a few minutes of fresh air and sunlight can boost productivity and concentration.