Compost & Waste Reduction with Sustainable America
SXSW Eco is proud to partner with Sustainable America to help achieve a zero-waste event, with almost all food waste captured, composted, and returned for use in city parks and gardens. We will work together at the Austin Convention Center and satellite venues on education, outreach, and waste diversion.
Sustainable America is an environmental non-profit focused on the intersection of food and fuel, and works to make both systems more sustainable. They hope to reduce national oil consumption by 50% and increase food availability by 50% over the next two decades. Part of that mission is accomplished through public awareness campaigns, and investments in innovative companies developing new ways to improve sustainability.
Green Mountain Energy Company Steps Up to Green SXSW Eco for 3rd Year
Thanks to Green Mountain Energy Company, SXSW Eco attendees can travel with a greener footprint! For the third year in a row, Green Mountain is supporting SXSW Eco by providing carbon offsets to help balance out the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions created by the event attendees’ estimated travel.
Given SXSW Eco’s focus on finding solutions for a sustainable world, Green Mountain is a perfect partner to help green the conference. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission “to change the way power is made” and began its relationship with SXSW Eco in 2011 during the inaugural conference. Green Mountain is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses.
The ECO installment of this SXSW essential is an environmentally friendly and fun alternative for exploring downtown Austin! This full service bike share program, presented by the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability, equips you with a complimentary Tern Link D8 folding bicycle, lights, lock and helmet, as well as, tips on how to get around town. Bicycle numbers will be limited, so come early to get moving!
SXcycles is located in the Southeast corner of Brush Square Park, across the street from the Austin Convention Center, and will be open October 7-9 from 12:00pm-10:00pm. Stop by the Eco Exhibition to learn more about how the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability encourages people to Rethink Transportation!
Spinfish Event Solutions
For the first Eco Exhibition, SXSW Eco will partner with SpinFish Event Solutions to reduce overall waste and re-purpose leftover exhibition goods, equipment and merchandise.
By providing more sustainable options for unwanted custom event materials through charitable donations, upcycling, refurbishments and recycling, SpinFish strives to reduce event waste by more than 90%. We look forward to working with SpinFish to lower the environmental impact of our conference and find new life for leftover exhibition materials.
Corporate Sustainability at SXSW
SXSW Environmental Mission Statement
SXSW LLC acknowledges and takes responsibility for its environmental impacts. SXSW will demonstrate leadership in its efforts to integrate principles of environmental sustainability into its organizational practices. By promoting awareness of the environmental impact that our actions have within our corporate culture we hope to find solutions that limit and mitigate the environmental effects of our operations and events.
Our Environmental Focus
SXSW will give priority to positive actions that benefit the environment and will assess and seek to mitigate where possible any negative environmental impacts arising in the following areas listed in order of priority:
- Year Round Operations – The SXSW corporate office engages in the year round operation of planning and organizing for our annual festivals and conferences in Austin, TX. These operations are the most accessible and adaptable in terms of engaging in environmental best practices. From resource conservation to community involvement, SXSW is committed to addressing the environmental impact of our year round activities.
- Annual Conferences and Festivals - SXSW works to address opportunities to implement environmental best practices as they arise, in relation to production of our conferences and festivals, which are directly under the control of SXSW during our annual events. Waste reduction and energy efficient production design are examples of the many efforts that SXSW takes to mitigate our environmental impact during the event.
- Third party Stakeholders and External Contractors - By working with venues, suppliers, the community and attendees, SXSW hopes to address opportunities and support environmental best practices by third party entities. We try to work closely with external parties including the ‘upstream’ practices of suppliers, partners, the City of Austin, and numerous venues. We also work to minimize and address the ‘downstream’ environmental effects of conference delegates, attendees, sales clients and the general community.
Evaluation and Implementation
Through proper measurement and analysis of the environmental impact that our event has, SXSW believes that we can empirically address key areas where action can be taken. Please visit our sustainability blog for details about specific efforts towards the reduction of our environmental impact and implementation of environmental best practices.