The Organising Committee of the EuroGEO workshop 2022 is pursuing a sustainable event with the intention to reduce its potentially negative impact on environment and (energy) consumption. We have identified 4+2 main goals under a Sustainable Action Plan.

1. Venue sustainability options

The Venue hosting the workshop has:

  • A reduced energy and environmental footprint
  • Replaced single-use plastics
  • An efficient recycling system (of glass, plastic, tinplate)
  • A waste management/reduction scheme.

If you are interested in learning more about the sustainability policy of the venue, chick here

2. Reduce travel distances

The Venue hosting the EuroGEO workshop 2022 is intentionally selected at a central location, with access by public transportation to minimize travel-related emissions. Information about the Venue is given here. Find out how to reach the Venue from the airport by clicking here.

Travel distances from the Conference Venue to all proposed hotels and to Conference Dinner can be covered on foot. See your accommodation options and the walking route (with sightseeing options) to the Dinner Venue here.

3. Reduce food waste - single use plastics - paper usage

For this event:

  • we are in collaboration with the non-profit organization Boroume. Through the “Saving & Offering Food” program, all leftover food portions will be delivered to one (or more) of the Greek charities in need, instantly after each lunch/dinner occasion. Furthermore, theFARGECO HELLAS company is responsible for food waste, UCO and waste management of the ‘not safe to eat’, remaining food quantities.
  • There is no need for printing! The scientific programme and all necessary information are on the EuroGEO Workshop 2022 website, which is easily accessed through the QR code on your Conference kit.

4. Multipurpose recyclable badges

In the frame of maximizing sustainability of conference materials, we are providing a one-item, four-purpose conference kit, which simultaneously is:

  • A Refillable, Reusable, Recyclable hand sanitizer
  • A Badge holder
  • The access to the scientific programme
  • A promoter of safe water worldwide*

*see more in Social Sustainability

5. Awareness into program

A first step to be more sustainable, is to talk about sustainability. During this 3-day workshop, the majority of the topics to be discussed deal directly or indirectly with sustainability. Although the detailed program is under development, below you may find the topic of those sessions relevant to sustainability aspects:

  •   Urban resilience and sustainability
  •   Water quality
  •   Agriculture - Environment nexus
  •   Biodiversity
  •   Climate adaptation and mitigation
  •   Discussion on big European projects* and Green Deal projects**, which promote sustainability during their implementation.

 *the e-shape project, with its 37 pilots in 7 showcases contributes to the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals by proposing solutions to combat poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation and to support prosperity, peace and justice. You may find more details here.

**ARSINOE is an EU-funded project aimed at creating climate resilient-regions through systemic solutions and innovations. ARSINOE will shape the pathways to resilience by bringing together the Systems Innovation Approach (SIA) and the Climate Innovation Window (CIW) to build an ecosystem for climate change adaptation solutions. This approach is showcased in nine demonstrators, as a proof-of-concept with regards to its applicability, replicability, potential and efficacy. You may find more details here.

6. Accessibility and Inclusiveness

Sustainability starts with disability inclusion and accessibility. The conference venue can be accessed by everyone.

During the organization of the workshop, diversity among conveners, attendees, organizers, and presenters is pursued, with respect to gender, nationality, and career stage. Although a European event, representation of the other regional GEOs is planned.

Each conference kit ordered, is giving 134 liters of safe water to developing countries

“The world won’t be sustainable for anyone until it is sustainable for everyone.” (Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC)