The Conference Committee has made a commitment to incorporate sustainability principles in planning and delivering the 2021 conference.
Our conference is important to us as meeting to exchange ideas and research enriches us and our patrons. However, online conferences still have an impact on our environment. The food we eat also has a significant impact due to the carbon impact of diets. We feel that it is important to recognize this, and to take steps to mitigate that impact. That's why we are recommending the purchase of carbon offsets. And, while we know there are concerns regarding the effectiveness of carbon offset, we also know that the right program can be effective in the climate crisis fight. We are recommending the purchase of an offset from an organization that lists projects that meet the standard of additionality, a crucial component for effective and meaningful carbon offsets. Gold Standard is just one such organization: if you don't see a project you are interested in, or you know of a different organization, consider making a donation there.
What to do:
If carbon offsets don't work for you, consider other options to decrease your environmental impact: