CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABILITY AT TIDES USA
At TIDES USA, 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.
HELP US PLANT A MILLION MANGROVES
Knowing which parts of the event you have engaged with helps us ensure we’re designing out content and features to best suit your needs. As a thank you, every time you use the ConnectMe app on your mobile device to scan QR codes during the live event, you'll earn points, which we’ll convert into planting mangroves – a project we can all enjoy supporting, as a part of our wider commitment to delivering a sustainable event.
We are excited to be supporting the Million Mangroves project. Mangroves– trees that live on the edge of land and sea – provide crucial wildlife habitats, are an excellent carbon sink (four times more than a rainforest), protect the coast from flooding and erosion and also provide local communities with a key source of food and income. In recent years many vital mangrove habitats have been destroyed, but by supporting their restoration you can help us reinstate these wonderful, hard-working trees that are helping combat the challenges of climate change.
Get a snapshot of Informa's Million Mangroves Project below!
Download the New ConnectMe App for your premium event experience
Before you arrive in Boston, grab your mobile device, turn on the camera and hover over the QR code or click here to download the New ConnectMe App to unlock these benefits:
- Access the latest agenda, live polling, speaker Q&A and Room Radar to see who else is sitting in the room with you
- See who else is attending, create connections, book meetings, chat and video call
- Play the at venue game to help us plant a Million Mangroves – a project we can all enjoy supporting, as a part of our wider commitment to delivering a sustainable event (details below)
- Interact with exhibitors and add content into your personal digital bag
- Access digital copies of scientific posters
- Win prizes by scanning exhibitor QR codes in the exhibit hall
We are proud to deliver you a sustainable event by launching several new initiatives noted below.
Digital Event Guide
Our event guide will be delivered in a 100% digital format this year, significantly reducing our usage of paper products during the live experience. We'll have QR codes onsite that attendees can easily scan with their smartphone to pull up the agenda on their mobile devices.
Lanyards & Name Tags
We will be using a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box to recycle used lanyards and nametags after the event.
Food & Beverage
The BCEC is committed to sourcing food locally, but you may also notice that all of our plates and utensils are compostable! The BCEC is certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (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. Watch out for recycle bins and make sure you do your part!
Repurposing Leftover Food
Any unserved food from Biotech Week Boston is being couriered by volunteer food rescuers from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine a national 501(c)3 non-profit, to over different service organizations within the city of Boston EVERY DAY. Last year they provided 509,218 meals to people in the Boston community in need.
The beautiful conference bags are gifts for you from our sponsors Polypeptide and Halo Labs. These snazzy totes are made from recycled materials and meant to be reused as a grocery tote. Too many totes already? Feel free to tote your tote around BWB and return it to registration at the end of the event – we will sanitize your bag and then donate it to the Greater Boston Food Bank to help food bank visitors bring donations home. With plastic bags a thing of the past – food banks are in need sturdy bags to give to visitors!
Life Science Cares
Did you know that Biotech Week Boston is on our 3rd year of partnering with Life Science Care to provide an activity for our attendees to give back to local youth in the Boston Community? This year we will build 1000 hygiene kits with handwritten “Well Wish” notes for children ages 3-9. These kits will be given to children entering foster care or living in shelters.
Biotech Week Boston Attendee Fun Run (Wednesday Morning)
Stay physically fit during the live event week by joining members of the Biotech Week Boston event team on a 5k run (3.1 miles) at a casual jogging pace around the city as the sun rises! Anyone is welcome to participate, just meet in the lobby of the BCEC at 6:30am on Wednesday Sept 22.
Global Learning Scholarship Program
TIDES USA 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.
As well as ensuring our venue is using energy efficient lighting, this year our event will also be fully powered by Renewable Energy
Our aim for the future is to achieve a fully carbon neutral event. This year we will be offsetting the carbon of all our attendee’s hotel stays.
Informa supports a number of projects around the world through our offset specialist Natural Capital Partners, that have been independently Gold Standard certified as successfully reducing carbon.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT TIDES USA
HOW ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT?
We believe a sustainable event focuses on three main aims...
We want TIDES 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
TIDES 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 TIDES 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 oligo, peptide and mRNA industries
- 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..
FASTERFORWARD TO ZERO
FasterForward is TIDES' 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 >>