As a team of youth leaders in global health, we strive to ensure a sustainable meeting with a minimal ecological footprint. In fact, we commit to host the first eco-responsible and carbon-neutral IFMSA meeting, and are already taking action to make it possible:
We have included a budget item to buy carbon offsets for the compensation of CO2 emissions associated with accomodation, waster production, energy use, catering, materials and transportation at the event.
In preparation for the meeting, delegates will receive a green survival kit, with tips to act in an environmentally respectful way throughout the event.
We will encourage local food and drinks producers when choosing food caterers and menus.
We will minimize food waste by donating potential surplus to local food redistribution organizations.
We will encourage use of public transportation such as subways and buses.
Composting and recycling will be available on site and explained to participants.
We will minimize materials distributed to delegates and used for workshops.
Our event will be hosted on a Fair Trade Campus, granted by the Association québécoise du commerce équitable, Fairtrade Canada and the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN).
The John Molson School of Business building, our venue, is the dynamic green centre of Concordia University. The building is a laureate of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level certification of the Canada Green Building Council.
Many more environmentally responsible measures will be adopted in the following months, under the direction of our Green Coordinator, Lena.
FLIGHT OFFSET : WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?
A carbon offset is when a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) or greenhouse gases is done in order to compensate for an emission made elsewhere.
Did you know that planes are among the leading causes of CO2 emissions worldwide? Your travel to Canada in order to attend the General Assembly will be done by air, which will release from 1 to 5 tons of gases contributing to pollution and climate change. A roundtrip flight from Europe to Canada releases as much CO2 as using a car during a full year!
To reduce your personal environmental impact, you can contribute to sustainable development projects elsewhere in the world, which reduce CO2 emissions and eliminate the impact of your own emissions.
The Organizing Committee of the August Meeting will allow delegations to easily offset the environmental footprint of their travels to Canada, by paying a small fee directly on the registration system.