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sustainability

UIST is committed to making the conference as environmentally sustainable as possible. Climate change and ecological degradation due to human emissions of greenhouse gasses and other environmental pressures is an urgent threat, one which requires massive efforts at every level of society. Following the work from previous sustainability committees, this year we aim to champion environmental sustainability, specifically by:

  • Informing and helping develop policy to promote more sustainable procurement, reduce travel, reduce waste, lower the environmental impacts of food choices, and lower direct and embodied energy demands.
  • Implement a carbon offsetting policy to cover all conference attendees.
  • Advise venues on decisions conducive to sustainable/ethical catering options, proper indoor climate control as well as refuse and recycle strategies.
  • Collecting data to track the environmental impact of the conference and enable annual comparison of conference choices.
  • Supporting the general chairs in embedding sustainable decision making into the conference and its organization.

Sustainability Goals

Align with these efforts, we are planning a variety of sustainable initiatives that will help the conference moving forward:

  • Carbon offsetting. With the conference having an in-person option, we worked on offering a carbon offsetting option for this year. Based on ACM's guidance and previous chairs' work, the conference will offer approximately $15 per person contribution towards a carbon offsetting programme. This is based on a budget commitment of $7,500 total over a projected attendance of 500.
  • Data Collection. As part of a longer-term plan to understand the conference’s environmental impact, we will collect data on energy usage and waste, which will enable us to make informed decisions for future conferences
  • Continuing UIST Beyond 2022. In previous years, members of UIST Sustainability Committees worked to advance a variety of actions to push our community forward and move us in a direction that allows us to take on the grand challenge that is climate change. In recognizing these efforts, we take their efforts as our baseline by:
    • Continue to integrate sustainable policies and procedures moving forward
    • Continue to advocate for opportunities to enable a virtual, hybrid or adapted approach to UIST conferences
  • Community Engagement. We cannot do this alone; we need to engage with the community and facilitate a discussion on UIST’s role in the climate crisis. We want to uncover how we can tackle issues of social and environmental sustainability as a collective, both through the conference itself and the way in which we conduct our research. This will involve gathering community feedback on the benefits and drawbacks of virtual/hybrid conferences.

This year’s committee builds on the great work done by previous committees. We encourage you to learn what our previous colleagues have set out to do in past years. This is the foundation this committee departs from:

Sustainability Chairs

Questions? Contact: sustainability2022@uist.org

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