Commitment to Sustainability

NCSE is committed to hosting sustainable meetings and events. We work closely with our venues and partners to include sustainable and green practices in their work. Attendees also play a part in keeping our meeting green. See the tips below on how you can contribute to our commitment to sustainability. If you have suggestions on how to improve our sustainable initiatives, email

NCSE Initiatives

  • Meeting room signs are re-used year after year to reduce waste and cost. 
  • Only vegetarian meals are served during the conference for events including those taking place offsite.
  • No disposable plate, cups, or cutlery are used during the conference.
  • NCSE requires the hotel to remove all plastic water bottles from hotel sleeping rooms.  
  • Public water is made available in all meeting rooms.
  • NCSE selects meeting venues that are accessible by public transportation.
  • The final program is at printed at a certified green printer in the DC area. Find out more

Carbon Offset Program

NCSE recognizes that travel to the Annual Conference is a large contributor to the overall carbon footprint of the event. In an effort to reduce emissions, NCSE has created a donation structure to help offset the carbon footprint from the meeting and our attendees travel. We ask you to consider donating. All donations will go to Natural Capital Partners. Every donation helps! You can donate to the Carbon Offset Program through Registration.

Minnesota Improved Forest Management Conservation
This project protects a hardwood forest to ensure the survival of native plant and wildlife species. Located in Northern Minnesota, this forest has traditionally been managed for commercial timber production. In 2010, the forest owner (UPM Blandin) signed a perpetual conservation easement, now held by the State of Minnesota, which protects 173,386 acres of hardwood forest in perpetuity. As defined by the easement, UPM is required to “continue management of the protected property as a sustainable working forest in a manner that will protect in perpetuity the Conservation Values and to prevent any use of the protected property that will significantly impair or interfere with the Conservation Values.” Conservation Values include significant native plant communities and wildlife species habitat as well as native forest and natural ecosystems. Find out more about the project.

What Can You Do?

Attendees can play a part in reducing waste and carbon initiatives.

  • Bring a water bottle and fill up at the stations in the back of the room instead of purchasing plastic water bottles. 
  • Take public transportation to and from the convention center.
  • Sleep Green - Take advantage of linen reuse programs and don't switch out towels each day.
  • Give to the Carbon Offset program during registration.

Omni Shoreham Initiatives

Below are actions taken by the Omni Shoreham to reduce their impact at our event. Find out more about Environmental Stewardship at Omni Hotels.

  • Printing on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or recycled paper whenever possible
  • Being a “styrofoam-free” environment
  • Reducing the use of plastic water bottles for meetings
  • Offering leftover and excess food items to local food banks and shelters
  • Considering local food purveyors when feasible to reduce the carbon footprint of the culinary options we offer – a “farm to table” approach
  • Utilizing more energy and water efficient and ecologically-friendly laundry processes
  • Converting to more energy efficient lighting options in targeted ways
  • Reminding associates to turn off unused lights and reduce HVAC usage
  • Installing energy efficient systems in all new buildings and all property updates and renovations
  • Creating natural herb gardens with native plants
  • Working with vendors and partners to reduce our carbon footprint for procurement activities
  • Creating green roofs
  • Planting trees for major milestones and celebrations
  • Offering filtered water in pitchers for meetings instead of water bottles
  • Serving water only on request in restaurants and bars


Harris Plus

Below are actions taken by Harris Plus, the company that prints the final program.

  • GREEN 3-Certified
  • 100% wind-powered plant
  • Vegetable-based Inks
  • LED lighting installed throughout the Plant
  • For every tree used in printing, two are planted
  • Recycled consumable program operating 24/7
  • Water-based system for plate-making (low carbon footprint)
  • Forest Stewardship Council Certification