Our Commitment to Sustainability YGL and Alumni Annual Summit 2018

The World Economic Forum is committed to limiting its environmental footprint. To support this mission, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is organizing this year's Annual Summit in San Francisco, 15-18 October 2018, as a carbon neutral event.

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:

  1. Calculate and offset the carbon footprint of the summit with the support of YGL-led consulting firm Three Squares and Founder Jaime Nack.
  2. 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.

Our Sustainability Efforts

It's a #GreenEvent ✔️

Summit Materials

  • To limit paper, all reading materials can be found on the World Economic Forum’s Event App TopLink. All printed materials use 100% recycled paper if required.
  • The notebooks provided by Future Tech Lab are custom-made from crushed stone bound with non-toxic resin; using 0 trees, 0 water, 0 bleach and 0 toxic chemicals. They are waterproof, tear-resistant and more environmentally responsible.
  • T-shirts given to participants are manufactured using BCI Cotton, a holistic approach to more sustainable cotton production. Licensed BCI Farmers produce cotton in a way that cares for the environment, minimising the negative effects of fertilisers and pesticides, and caring for water, soil health and natural habitats.
  • YGL-led company TerraCycle will recycle the participant badges after the summit. Don’t forget to hand yours in at the end of the summit.

Food and Beverages

  • All meals provided by the Forum of Young Global Leaders promote 50% vegetarian menus to reduce meat consumption. 0 % Red meat is served. External dinner hosts are also encouraged to support and follow our sustainability guidelines.
  • All cutlery, cups and food containers are compostable. No plastic bottles are offered. Water fountains are provided at all venues along with local water and beverages are provided, along with freshly made drinks.
  • All venues, suppliers and catering companies have been informed of the importance of reducing food waste. We are working with the organization Replate to redistribute unused food.
  • Meals will feature a range of local and sustainable and organic food products; Fairtade chocolate and coffee, MSC-certified fish are provided and no GMO products.

Green Venue and Infrastructure

  • The official hotel is committed to sustainability and has strong programmes to conserve water and energy and to enhance recycling. It is fully accessible and has good connections to public transport.
  • At the venues, a comprehensive waste diversion system is set-up and features bins designated for the collection of recyclables and waste, with the objective to recycle 50 –70% of all waste and to send less than 5% percent of total waste to landfills.
  • The venues' layout and decoration materials are sourced responsibly and are rented or reused as much as possible. The few remaining disposable items are made of recyclable materials and will be recycled after the summit.

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!

Download from the App store

Get it on Google Play

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.

7. Share How You Walk the Talk

Use #YGLSummit and #StepUpClimateAction to tell us what you are doing to be more sustainable. We can't wait to hear from you!

Team Effort

Lastly, we want to give a special thank you to our partners who have supported us in making this happen. Thank you!

  • Jaime Nack and The Three Squares Inc
  • Aroon Hirdaramini and Hirdaramini Group
  • Miroslava Duma and Future Tech Lab
  • Terra Cycle
  • South Pole
  • Replate
  • Global Gourmet
  • Our summit co-hosts Marc Benioff & Salesforce, Marissa Mayer & Zachary Bogue
  • Dinner hosts: Mozilla, Cloudflare, Microsoft, Uber, Jacob Hsu, Donald Tang, Brian Wong, Mayfield
  • And the YGL Community for cheering us on along the way and helping us through their environmental choices during the event.

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