We set commitments based on the EIC Sustainable Event standards and carried out the development of the event sustainably, guided by Honeycomb Strategies and in collaboration with San Diego Convention Center, Sodexo, Heritage, and other vendors.
The EIC Certification process is for us twofold: it provides us with a framework to measure our event impact while guiding us to rethink how we plan and produce our work collectively. Together with our partners, we defined and mapped all the sustainability initiatives, focusing to reduce resources, material use and optimize waste management.
Food and beverage: Right-sized ordering, sourcing locally with plant-forward menus, and partnering with all venues and F&B providers for the most sustainable waste management practices: feeding people, then animals, then composting.
Waste Management Planning: We are determining waste collection infrastructure, signage and communications, food service ware packaging, exhibit hall materials (at move in and move out), stakeholder training, downstream disposal verification, and measurement methodologies. The facility has agreed to implement an additional BOH waste sorting station to ensure that as much waste produced at the show possible can be diverted.
Waste Stations: Throughout the San Diego Convention Center, you’ll find clearly labeled waste bin systems (recycle and landfill) to maximize clean waste streams.
Signage: PCMA events have already eliminated foam core signage in favor of recyclable and reusable materials (like honeycomb substrate). Now we are looking to reduce all printed signage and move to digital displays through the convention center’s technology platforms.
Reusables: Look for water refill stations throughout the convention center to allow for easy water refill. You won’t find single-use plastic water bottles at our vendors anymore! All our food and beverage service ware is compostable or reusable.
Vendor Procurement and Sustainability Guides: We implemented supply vetting systems and provided exhibitors with best practices to reduce the environmental impact of the expo.
Stakeholders/Partners Sustainability Program: We provide guidance to vendors on sustainable operations and policy related to CL24. We have sent a pre-event survey to bring vendors onboard at an early stage, gathering data and ensuring visibility for the solutions for reducing the environmental impact of events.
Local Stakeholders Sustainability Engagement: We have requested that all CL24 venues follow sustainability best practices and notify the CL24 team of non-compliant and unresponsive hotels and request any changes onsite where appropriate.
Donation Programs: Exhibit materials, such as furniture and household items, will be diverted from the landfill and donated to the local Habitat for Humanity. We will be working with the San Diego Rescue Mission’s food rescue programs to help the community fight food insecurity.
Community Impact: PCMA supports the location communities which host CL24. Join scheduled activities to support Hospitality Helping Hands projects and join us for Party with a Purpose.
Support the Future Professionals: PCMA offers the Next Gen Rate to Business Event Organizers and Business Event Suppliers who are early in their career.