We are always looking for ways to ensure that our conference has as little impact on the environment as possible and this will be an ongoing objective as we continue planning for the event. We will continue to update these green initiatives as planning continues, so please keep checking back to see how you can support our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.

So far, this is what we are doing for this year's conference:

What IATEFL is doing:

  • The Conference Programme and Guide for App Users are printed on forestry approved paper using natural (rather than synthetic) inks
  • Delegates can choose to use the Conference App and Guide for App Users as a digital way to access all the information in the Conference Programme
  • Recycle bins for Conference Programmes and Guides for App Users and delegate badges will be located within the venue
  • Reusable signage used where possible
  • Speakers are encouraged to share their PowerPoint presentations online using SlideShare to save paper and printing     
  • Working with exhibitors to share environmental objectives     
  • Delegate bags made from cloth rather than plastic which can be used after conference as shopping bags     
  • The Book Swap returns for the third year: bring books you’ve read and swap for ones you haven’t      
  • Eco sponsorship package available to champion environmental awareness for delegates offered
  • New initiative: IATEFL, in collaboration with Harrogate Convention Centre, have made the decision to run the annual conference as a 'red meat free' event. Delegates will be able to purchase a wide range of poultry, fish and vegetarian options on site, and of course delegates can easily pop out of the venue, in the town centre, and find a meal of whatever kind they prefer.

What Harrogate Convention Centre is doing:

  • Rainwater, filtered through a sedum roof, is used to flush the toilets.
  • A super-efficient heating system also means they are saving the atmosphere from 1400 tonnes of CO2 every year, and we are well on the way to achieving their target of a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating.
  • Recycle bins are located around the venue reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • Cardboard is actively collected and recycled.


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