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Green conferencing outside of the bubble: the ISTS in Baja, Mexico (January, 2008)

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The 2008 International Symposium on the Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles held in Loreto (Baja California, Mexico) was the International Sea Turtle Society's first attempt to "green" their annual meeting. This included many divergences from previous conferences regarding everything from conference layout, to food services, and delegate welcome packages. Many of the (publicized) cases/attempts to "green" conferences occur in centralized high end facilities in The Global North (e.g. conference centres; hotels). The Symposium in 2008 therefore represents a novel case study in conference greening. For example, the chosen setting produced interesting opportunities and challenges beyond the scope of typical conference greening. This paper includes an analysis of the conference greening efforts, based on participant observation, and preliminary work on a pending follow-up survey of symposium attendees. This paper highlights geographical advantages and disadvantages that organizers and attendees had to contend with as part of this greening effort. This project is being conducted in cooperation with Jay Nichols and the ISTS and is linked to my roles as a tourism scholar, environmental activist, and member of the ISTS. It is hoped that information collected regarding the 2008 symposium can be used to inform future greening efforts.

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8-3-2008 8:00 AM

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8-3-2008 5:00 PM

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Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation--Environmental aspects; Green movement;

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Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

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Green conferencing outside of the bubble: the ISTS in Baja, Mexico (January, 2008)

The 2008 International Symposium on the Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles held in Loreto (Baja California, Mexico) was the International Sea Turtle Society's first attempt to "green" their annual meeting. This included many divergences from previous conferences regarding everything from conference layout, to food services, and delegate welcome packages. Many of the (publicized) cases/attempts to "green" conferences occur in centralized high end facilities in The Global North (e.g. conference centres; hotels). The Symposium in 2008 therefore represents a novel case study in conference greening. For example, the chosen setting produced interesting opportunities and challenges beyond the scope of typical conference greening. This paper includes an analysis of the conference greening efforts, based on participant observation, and preliminary work on a pending follow-up survey of symposium attendees. This paper highlights geographical advantages and disadvantages that organizers and attendees had to contend with as part of this greening effort. This project is being conducted in cooperation with Jay Nichols and the ISTS and is linked to my roles as a tourism scholar, environmental activist, and member of the ISTS. It is hoped that information collected regarding the 2008 symposium can be used to inform future greening efforts.