This year WRRI is making a commitment to eliminate single-use plastics at our conference, because we recognize the significant impact of plastic pollution on water resources. Sponsor support will help us cover the additional cost of reusable service-ware and special disposal of compostable items.

We invite our guests to support this initiative by bringing your own coffee thermos, water bottle and metal straw!

Learn more by joining our “Plastics and Water” session, featuring research on microplastics in barnacles and fish, discussion of water management and policy implications, and insights on engagement with Straws filmmaker Linda Booker.

Here are a few other tips to increase sustainability of the conference and work towards a goal of zero-waste. WRRI encourages all conference attendees to consider implementing the following practices:

Dining Sustainably

WRRI is aware that there are many dietary restrictions and needs among our participants. For every conference, we provide a range of vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options alongside standard fare that includes meats and grains. We often avoid nut ingredients altogether to avoid potential allergic reactions. All items are labeled with ingredient cards to help participants make informed food choices. Our local caterers are very experienced with ensuring that provided meals meet our participants’ needs and celebrate cultural variety when possible.

Traveling Sustainably

The McKimmon center can be accessed by the NCSU Wolfline Bus system and offers space to store a bike for those wishing to use alternative transportation. You can explore many ways to utilize alternative transportation methods while visiting the NC State campus for the WRRI Annual Conference.

Other Efforts

WRRI promotes the Annual Conference digitally whenever possible to reduce our use of wasted materials.

We reuse or borrow materials from year-to-year, and buy in bulk to eliminate excess packing waste, to reduce our footprint.

The program booklets for the Annual Conference are printed with recycled paper or paper that has been FSC-certified for responsible tree harvesting.

Conference evaluations and thank you notes to exhibitors, speakers and sponsors are sent electronically after the event.