Sustainability Efforts

NACUBO’s Commitment to Sustainability

NACUBO's commitment to sustainability

In support of NACUBO's leadership on sustainability efforts, the 2019 annual meeting in Austin incorporates the following initiatives to promote environmentally conscious policies focused on resource conservation and sustainable business practices.

Carbon Footprint

Native Energy Logo

Once again, the NACUBO Annual Meeting is fighting global warming with high-quality carbon offsets in partnership with our preferred provider, Native Energy, an organization dedicated to helping build Native American, farmer-owned, and community-based projects. This year we are supporting the Southern Ute project located on tribal lands within the San Juan Basin in southwestern Colorado.

City of Austin Initiatives

Austin is one of the most livable cities in the country and they want to keep it that way.

The Climate Program

The Climate Program leads City efforts to implement strategies that address the challenges of climate change for Austin.

Three goals guide this work:

  1. Carbon neutrality for City of Austin operations by 2020
  2. Net-zero community-wide greenhouse gases by 2050
  3. Effective strategies for resilience in the face of climate-related threats

Bright Green Future School Grants

Bright Green Future Grants is a competitive program that provides funding for school-based sustainability projects up to $3,000. Applications for the program are accepted each year starting in mid-August through September.

Austin Green Business Leaders Program

Currently, the program has 247 members from 10 different categories of businesses, representing over 42,000 employees and over 19 million square feet of green office space! Businesses that excel in the program are formally recognized as Silver, Gold, or Platinum Green Business Leaders.

Austin Convention Center

  • The Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD) can now power both of its facilities with 100 percent renewable energy from onsite solar panels and a partnership with Austin Energy’s Green Choice Program. Not to mention, 50 percent of all waste generated is diverted from landfills by our extensive composting program.
  • Their Green Team Committee has worked with the Austin Climate Protection Program to develop a first-of-its-kind Departmental Climate Protection Plan. This plan is intended to help reduce the Convention Center’s carbon footprint and help the City of Austin meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.
  • The ACC has achieved LEED® Gold certification.
  • Recycled carpet, with zero emissions was installed throughout the facility-this is one example of how Composting, Re-use and Recycling Programs at the ACC have diverted up to 70% of all waste from the landfill.

Green Initiatives at Airport

  • It began with the airport’s construction. Recycled materials were used in building the facility, including 100% recycled steel in the primary terminal structure.
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport's award-winning landscape is the largest native plant project in Austin, and it may be the largest native plant project in Texas. Native plants are better able to withstand the extended periods of heat and drought that we often find in this part of the country, and using native plants reduces irrigation needs.
  • ABIA was designed to be environmentally friendly and a model of energy-efficiency. The heating and cooling systems are state-of-the art in efficiency, as is the lighting. The large windows of the terminal provide natural lighting. The Federal Aviation Administration lauded ABIA for “Environmental Achievement”.

What You Can Do

During the Annual Meeting

  • Recycle cans and paper at recycling stations throughout the convention center.
  • Use your NACUBO tote and the annual meeting app during your stay in Austin.
  • Reuse towels and sheets to reduce consumption of energy, water, and soap at your hotel.
  • Choose eco-friendly food and beverage options that are locally produced.