Convention will once again showcase a series of green steps aimed at reducing the event’s environmental impact. In 2013, CUPE adopted a national environmental policy that, among other things, calls on CUPE to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to cut our organizational carbon footprint.
A green stewards program will again be in place at convention. This initiative provides delegates with green actions they can take while at Convention, such as foregoing taxis and walking around Vancouver. Stewards also supply information on the convention centre’s recycling and composting programs. Emissions from all delegate travel and all energy and material used during convention will be tracked toward offsetting these emissions to make the event carbon neutral. CUPE National offset 2013 convention with payments to four environmental partner organizations. Print and CUPE Village materials will be restricted to cut the energy in making and transporting
these items. Only municipal tap water will be available on the convention floor.