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Carbon Offsetting

SACNAS Carbon Offset

The Offsetter

As visitors to the beautiful island of Oahu, and with a conference focus on climate change science, The Offsetter is a respectful guest (or local!) and steward of the land. As a community, SACNAS encourages all attendees to review this page for ideas on how they can become The Offsetter before, during, and after the conference.

*This page will continue to be updated with additional information and resources.


Before the conference:

  • Pledge to Jetset Offset: By participating in this pledge, you sign up to donate one cent per mile to Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and/or tea mug! There will be water filling stations in the convention center — no need to buy plastic water bottles.
During the conference:

Partners & Exhibitors

  • Limit promotional items, especially paper and plastic. Rather, bring USBs (pre-downloaded with flyers and documents), QR codes (to your institution’s wesite), and other digital or environmentally responsible options. Students are looking for tangible opportunities — think fee waivers, not keychains!

What is SACNAS doing?

Site Selection

This year’s conference will be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. The convention center…
  • Has a performance-based approach that calls for measurable results through a building’s life cycle.
  • Identifies demand response programs
  • Expands focus on materials, analyze impact to human health and environment, not just total used
  • Evaluates total building water use
  • Energy conservation & efficiency — For example, the convention center was designed with “open-air architecture”, with many open areas and a canvas-type sail on the rooftop, allowing Hawai‘i’s trade winds to circulate throughout the building and minimal air conditioning and electricity.
  • Water conservation — Including automatic dispensers for sink faucets, hand towels, hand soap, and hand sanitizer; low-flush toilets and urinals; recycled water; and artificial turf on 25% of lawn space.
  • Air quality — Convention staff use self-pedal bicycles, electric carts, propane-powered lifts, and other electric vehicles.
  • Waste reduction & recycling — Convention center recycles glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard; green waste is composted and recycled; and used computers, monitors and keyboards are recycled via a local service.
  • Sustainable purchasing — Encourages a “buy local” procurement policy whenever possible. This extends to Hawai‘i-sourced food products and items created and produced in Hawai‘i, thereby reducing shipping and packaging needs.

(1 Million to be exact) Across the state, through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Fun Fact! In 2018, the center diverted 92% the total waste from landfills with 48% diverted to recycling and 44% diverted to Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery (H-Power), Honolulu’s waste to energy plant.

Click here for detailed information about the Hawai’i Convention Center’s green initiatives


This year’s merchandise and signage was produced and shipped with consideration for minimizing our carbon footprint where possible. This includes:

  • Bags — Conference bags are made from 100% PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). This means they are made from the clear plastic used for water and soda bottles. PET is globally recognized as a safe, lightweight, flexible material that is 100% recyclable.
  • Signage — Overall signage throughout the convention center will be minimized as much as possible. Instead, we urge our attendees to rely on the conference mobile app (coming soon!). Any printed signage will be produced on falconboard, which is constructed from 100% biodegradable and renewable resources (rather than foam board), and recycled, repurposed, or donated after the event.

Food & Beverage

All food & beverage served at conference meals will be purchased from local suppliers and producers; any disposable food and beverage service ware will be biodegradable and compostable; and food that is prepared and safe for future consumption but not served will be donated to Aloha Harvest, which then distributes to charitable organizations.

For Questions or Comments

Email or call (877) 722-6271