Kennesaw State University has a deep commitment to sustainability. In keeping with this commitment, KSU is taking the following steps to minimize the environmental impact of the conference. Key strategies and their impact are below. This is the first NCUR to utilize 100% solar energy to meet the conference’s electricity needs and the first to replace all printed conference materials with an app.
- Renewable Energy: This year's NCUR event will be 100% solar-powered, thanks to the generous support of Georgia Power. This support will empower KSU to match NCUR’s estimated electric consumption of 300,000 kWh with solar renewable energy credits through the Simple Solar program. This will offset 212 metric tons of carbon dioxide (C02) – the equivalent of taking 45 cars off the road for a year.
- Conference App: A robust conference app is replacing printed program materials, saving approximately 1.5 million pages of paper. Environmental impact estimates show that this app will reduce C02 emissions by 353 metric tons, while saving over 1 million gallons of water and 653 trees. Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator Version 4.0. For more information visit www.papercalculator.org.
- Reusable water bottles: Conference participants will receive refillable water bottles during check-in to use throughout the conference; this will replace the use of over 56,000 single-use drink cans and bottles at breaks and meals.
- Food: KSU is sourcing food from local farmers and vendors to reduce the vehicle-miles travelled of the food. KSU is using compostable packing, rather than plastics – which can take hundreds of years to breakdown. In comparison, compostable products breakdown in just 90 days. Participants can help reduce food waste by donating uneaten leftovers at designated donation stations near dining areas.
- Recycling & Waste Diversion: KSU provides recycling for plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, and cardboard. Help us recycle right while on campus: no food or drinks in the recycling bin! Additionally, plastic bags can’t be recycled on campus.
- Native Plants: Spring in Georgia can be beautiful! We encourage you to visit the campus arboretum to get a glimpse of native trees, such as dogwood, redbud, magnolias, and tulip poplars.
- Sustainable campus: KSU has over 22 LEED-certified green buildings across two campuses. The Commons, Prillaman, Education Building, and Science Lab are all LEED Gold, while Siegel Student Recreation Activities Center and Social Sciences building are LEED Silver. KSU is recognized as a Bike-Friendly University (Bronze status) and has extensive bike/pedestrian infrastructure across campus. Local bus service CobbLINC and KSU-affiliated Big Owl Bus provide bus service to and around campus. To learn more, check out the sustainability maps (Kennesaw campus/Marietta campus) or sign-up for the Green Ambassador sustainability campus tour.
- Travel: You can help reduce the environmental impact of this conference by choosing a sustainable travel option, such as carpooling with other participants from your region, choosing bus service such MegaBus or Greyhound, or using Amtrak train service. If you choose to fly, some airlines will let you offset your carbon emissions.