Carbon Neutral - What does that mean?
In order to reduce the carbon footprint, we have actively integrated environmental criteria and actions every step of the way, including strategic plans for programme design and event logistics. In addition, the Forum of Young Global Leaders will:
- Calculate and offset the carbon footprint of the summit with the support of YGL-led consulting firm Three Squares and Founder Jaime Nack.
- Carbon credits will be purchased from Schwab Foundation social enterprise, South Pole.
It is our responsibility to leave a positive legacy for future events in San Francisco and the YGL community, and to lead as an example for other events.
We need your help to make it happen!
Here are some of the environmentally friendly choices you can make to help us reduce our footprint:
1. Travel Smart
Travel to and from San Francisco will make up around 90%of the summit’s footprint. Help us measure and offset your travel by completing the pre-event survey sent to you after registering. Choose an eco-friendly airline and use public or shared transportation to and from the airport.
2. Think Before You Throw
You'll never have to go too far to responsibly dispose of your waste. Recycling and composting bins are located in every corner of the venue. Take a moment to consider what goes where:
Compost Liquid | Food | Wet Paper | Compostable Flatware|
Recycling Plastic | Aluminium Cans | Paper | Glass Bottles | Cardboard
Landfill Chip Bags | Plastic Wrappers | Styrofoam | Straws
We want to ensure that less than 5 per cent of all waste is sent to land fields and we aim to recycle 50 – 70% of all waste. Help us make it happen!
3. Say no to Plastic
By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Bring a reusable bottle and say ‘no’ to disposable plastic water bottles and other single-use plastic packaging. For your convenience, water stations are available throughout the venue.
4. Cut Down on Paper Use with the Mobile App
We are taking advantage of technology in order to distribute as little paper as possible. TopLink is your best friend!
5. Go Green in Your Hotel Room
- Hang up your towels! Take advantage of any towel and sheet reuse initiatives that may be offered by your hotel. You don’t wash your towels every day at home, so why do it when you travel?
- You can also leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of your hotel room for the duration of the summit to cut down on chemical cleaning agents, electricity used on vacuuming and the washing of bed linens.
- Don’t forget to turn off all lights and electronics when you leave your room each day.
- If you want to go the extra mile, turn off the air conditioning in your room during the summit.
- Take leftover soap, shampoo or toothpaste with you. Unused products are thrown away. You can reuse the plastic bottles in the future.
5. Hit the Pavement
San Francisco is a very walkable city. Our official event hotel was purposely chosen for its proximity to the main venue, the City View at Metreon. Hotel Nikko, is a 10-minute walk to the venue and there are lots of interesting sights along the way.
Take the opportunity to get to know San Francisco and whenever possible, get around by walking, biking or public transport. We have also organized buses for you for our various insight expeditions around the city.