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Sustainability at the Awards

Our Sustainability Ethos

The 13th International ACTS Conference, including the Green Gown Awards Australasia ceremony, has been run with sustainability at the heart of its ethos and practices. To compliment its guests the organisation and materials used have been done with the utmost care to the environment and the practice of sustainability.
The ACTS conference, including the awards ceremony, has been sponsored by Climate Friendly who will offset the carbon emissions of the event, including the travel of all delegates.
The conference venue – The Novotel is located in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park, and provides function rooms with abundant natural light and sweeping views across the Park. Due to its location it is conveniently situated for excellent public transport links from the Sydney CBD and Sydney airport. The Novotel is committed to preserving the environment, achieving an ISO14001 Certified Environmental Standard rating for environmental management systems. As a hotel group, Novotel has made a commitment to Planet 21 – The Accor Sustainable Development Program, which is structured around 21 sustainability commitments backed by quantifiable objectives. For more information please go to the accor website. The food has been sourced as locally and ethically as possible, with minimal packaging and waste.
The ACTS conference dinner and Awards ceremony will take place at the WatervieW, Bicentennial Park, Sydney, which is located in the heart of Sydney Olympic park, in walking distance of the conference venue. The conference dinner is an ethically constructed menu which sources locally produced food and wines. The table decorations are beauty crystal goblets, sourced directly from the venue with beeswax tea lights made in Sydney.
The Green Gown Awards Australasia trophies have been made using 100% recycled glass by an Australian glass artist. Each Award is unique in its design and manufacture. The winner’s and finalists certificates have been printed on 100% recycled handmade paper made from elephant dung and office waste paper. This unique paper contributes to a sustainable industry in Sri Lanka. It’s production directly contributes to villager’s income and a percentage of the profits go to the Millennium Elephant Foundation.
Minimal printing practices have been utilised across the event. All printed materials have used recycled or sustainably managed forestry products, and utilised double-sided printing where possible.

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