Environmental Initiatives

APHA is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting and finding ways to be more environmentally responsible. Here are some simple steps you can take to help minimize the impact of the Annual Meeting on the environment.

  1. Use refillable water bottles - Fill up at water fountains located around the convention center and the Hilton.
  2. Eat Local - If you are responsible for any catered events at the Annual Meeting, don't forget to ask for organic, locally grown produce, and if you are ordering meat, fish or poultry, request sustainably raised, free-range or "wild" and antibiotic-free foods whenever possible. Visit the Eat Well Guide to find sustainable restaurants in New Orleans.
  3. Sleep Green - View our Survey of Hotel Green Programs to determine which hotels are the most environmentally friendly. 

APHA Environmental Health Programs
Learn more about APHA's
Environmental Public Health Program and strategies to highlight the connection between healthy communities and healthy people.

APHA Annual Meeting Environmental Initiatives:
See what APHA and some of our partners are doing to respond to environmental concerns.

  • Increased focus on digital marketing and email communication to eliminate print quantity of letters, preliminary programs and marketing pieces.
  • No longer print a preliminary list of sessions as all info is available online.
  • Highlights Promo is printed on 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper using soy-based inks & is FSC certified
  • Web based Registration and Housing are offered and encouraged to reduce use of paper (more than 80 percent of registrant register online -- let's see if we can make it 100 percent!).
  • Program and abstracts can be accessed online.
  • Final Program is printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks.
  • Attendees can opt-out of receiving the Final Program and use the Mobile App instead.
  • All hotels provide environmental information and are encouraged to make an aggressive push toward sustainability.
  • To help reduce the amount of harmful particulate matter from diesel buses, the shuttle bus company and convention center do not allow buses to idle for more than five minutes while waiting for passengers.
  • Online housing information identifies which hotels currently have linen re-use programs in place to reduce use of water and electricity.
  • Left over Annual Meeting tote bags are donated to local charities.
  • Meeting room signs are reused year after year to reduce waste and cost.
  • APHA Exhibitors are encouraged to bring small quantities of printed materials on site.
  • Exhibitor service kit is available online, and orders can be placed online. 

APHA Headquarters Initiatives:

  • All office paper has 100 percent recycled content.
  • The Nations Health is printed on 100 percent recycled newsprint.
  • Styrofoam cups in break areas and for meetings have been eliminated.
  • Office paper, cans and bottles are recycled.
  • Toner cartridges are recycled.
  • All lights in the building except for emergency lights are on a timer system to save energy.
  • Open work space allows natural light to enter each floor on three sides, reducing need for spot lighting.
  • Headquarters is located close to Metro stop minimizing vehicular emissions.
  • APHA participates in Metrocard program to encourage use of mass transit system.
  • Bathroom and kitchen paper products are made from recycled paper (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.).
  • APHA’s cleaning company uses only environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and products.
  • "Take the stairs" program encourages staff awareness, saves energy and promotes exercise. 
  • Battery and cell phone recycling programs have been established.

General Services Contractor Waste Reduction Programs

  • General Services Contractor Waste Reduction Programs
  • Current carpet inventory is made of 20 percent recycled material.
  • Aisle carpet is recycled to booth carpet; Booth carpet is recycled to cover piano dollies and line inside of shipping crates.
  • Pallets are re-used and recycled.
  • Carpet waste is provided to companies that make flooring for third world countries.
  • ExpressoSM online ordering system reduces the use of paper exhibitor manuals.
  • Aqueous (water-based) coatings are used instead of UV or varnish coatings.
  • Biodegradable wastebasket liners & wastebaskets are made of 100 percent recycled material.
  • Vegetable-based and water-based inks are used in graphic department printers.
  • Foam core donation program has been established with non-profit organizations such as Teacher’s Exchange programs and community projects that utilized product printed on one side only.
  • GES is a member of Green Meeting Industry Council.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
The convention center and their catering partner, Centerplate, have a number of environmental policies in place. Visit their Green Efforts website to see their policies and efforts on recylcling, water reduction, conservation and clean air.