Going green has become a familiar expression in many organizations and communities, but what does this mean and, more importantly, does this make an actual difference to the global community?
Going green simply means adopting practices and policies that reduce environmental impact and waste. With a majority of scientists in agreement that global warming is caused by human activity1, many are looking for ways to work toward a cleaner future. This is especially the case for those in healthcare, who may even witness firsthand some of the negative health impacts of global warming2.
Large events or gatherings, like educational congresses, can cause significant damage to the environment3. This is why SIU has committed to gradually changing our operations to use products, work with suppliers and follow sustainable practices to reduce our negative impact on the environment. This initiative is supported by representatives of global events, tourism and sustainability bodies and was launched in 2019 to "guide event organisers worldwide to embrace and implement sustainable practices."
Here are some of the ways SIU has committed to going green:
With the increasing shift in priorities to ensure sustainability, the SIU is confident that there will continue to be new and innovative ways to move forward on the journey to a sustainable event, without detracting from its educational value.
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