Greening Oracle’s OpenWorld

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison speaking at OpenWorld

Oracle’s OpenWorld, held each year in San Francisco, is a model for trade show organizers of both innovation and sustainability, along with other mega-meetings such as Greenbuild. The brains behind the event, Paul Salinger, is a board member of the Green Meetings Industry Council and long-time sustainability evangelist.

The following highlights from the 2017 Openworld trade show, which attracted 60,000 attendees, are just a sampling of the positive environmental and social impact it created:

3,670 Oracle OpenWorld attendees offset their own travel emissions in the registration process, equivalent to 2,884 MT CO2.

78 metric tons of recycling was generated, enough to fill 8 garbage trucks. 48 metric tons of compost was diverted from the landfill, enough to fill almost four garbage trucks.

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2,767 leftover meals were donated to Food Runners and San Francisco City Impact.

3,718 lbs. of OpenWorld totes were donated to seniors at Cayuga Community Connectors for use as emergency go bags.

50,000 sf of carpet was diverted from the landfill and repurposed by CLEAR in Lincoln, Calif.

26 metric tons of donations were generated by Oracle OpenWorld, enough to fill 2 garbage trucks.

For more, download OpenWorld’s 2017 Sustainability Report.

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Barbara Scofidio
Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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