Here are some of the things we are doing to make this conference more sustainable.
In the category of digital consumption:
- We invited all participants to reduce their streaming quality and turn off their cameras while not presenting or interacting.
- In email interactions about the conference, we reminded people to delete emails that are no longer necessary.
In the category of purchasing:
- We chose gifts for our speakers from an Indigenous-owned supplier with eco-responsible packaging
In the category of food and beverages:
- We encouraged our caterer to use local and seasonal produce
- We ensured that the vast majority of our food was vegan or vegetarian
- We provided water jugs rather than bottled drinks
- We ensured that tea, coffee, and sugar were Fair Trade
- We provided a bulk vegan "milk" alternative (oat milk)
- We used minimal packing and served condiments (milk, sugar, honey, oat milk) in bulk
- We used real (rather than disposable) dishes
In the category of Decolonization, Accessibility, and EDI
- This conference celebrated and featured Indigenous voices.
- All Indigenous speakers and panelists are being compensated as per the Indigenous Elder and Community Protocol.
- We continue to abide by the recommendations on the territorial acknowledgment.
- We did not plan any events that would conflict with the Pikeskwatan Learning Series.
- Participants were asked to flag any particular accomodation needs when they registered, including childcare; we were able to accomodate all needs.
- Presenters were asked to use legible, 32-pt font (at least) on all slides. Good legible fonts include Verdana, Helvetica, and Arial.
- We followed accessibility guidelines for our webpages.
- All events were free and open to the public, as are the recordings.
- Facilitators, moderators, and hosts were informed and encouraged to use accessible and anti-oppressive facilitation styles.
- We established a code of conduct, posted on all online conference material.
- We scheduled 45-60-minute breaks between all synchronous events on Zoom so participants could stretch.
- Almost all events were recorded and are now available on the conference website so that they are easily accessible.
In the category of Awareness and Reporting:
- We are communicating the sustainability measures taken and actions that speakers, presenters, and participants can take.
- We are contributing to the Sustainability in Research section of Concordia's Sustainability Action Plan by increasing the visibility of sustainability research at Concordia.
- We are surveying participants after the conference so as to be able to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with organizing and hosting