It’s Not Easy Being Green – But We’re Trying
With a nod to Kermit the Frog, it’s not easy being green. But anyone who has read my blogs this past year knows I’m committed to being more aware of the impact my day-to-day decisions have on the planet and how to think differently. Collectively, small things matter, and when possible, big things can be done.
One big opportunity to think differently in my work with Commvault is about a month away: Commvault GO, our annual customer conference. With more than 2,000 people anticipated this year, an event like this would typically generate a tremendous amount of waste in a three-day period. According to event management and sustainable consulting firm Meet Green, an average person attending a conference
creates four pounds of waste each day – half of which ends up in landfills. Over three days that means, potentially, our event could create 25,000 pounds of waste.
Making Commvault GO a sustainable event
Not surprisingly, sustainability is an increasingly important aspect of event planning. Our event team, led by the incredible Janyce Harper, has been working this year to ensure Commvault GO is being environmentally responsible. We are working with our customer and venue site, the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center, to identify opportunities that will encourage recycling and reduce the waste typically generated at conferences like ours. We’ve even recruited members of our influencer community, whose research is focused around environmental issues and their impact on the broader IT landscape to join in and share their expertise on site.
Site of this year's Commvault GO conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Here are five pragmatic steps we are taking:
- Plastic and paper: We will dramatically minimize the use of disposable service ware; and serve water from dispensers, not individual plastic bottles.
Straws will be offered only on request. In addition, we will reduce the amount of printed materials distributed on site.
With this approach, Commvault GO will divert recyclables and compostable items from landfills, show our respect to the greater Nashville area and maybe instill some positive changes in the lifestyles of our vendors, attendees and staff. From the business side, we’ll even see a small net saving by reducing things such as our landfill hauling costs.
Come to Commvault GO and see how we do. Registration is open now.
See you in Nashville.