AWE is proud to support sustainable practices and invites you to join us in making a difference!
Conscious Garbage Disposal & Waste Treatment
Selective waste collection throughout the building (ACV) including paper, combustible waste, glass and tins.
Containers provided for specific exhibition-related waste in order to maximize recycling.
Delegate badge and lanyard collection for recycling at the end of AWE EU 2023.
Hand towels & toilet paper are made from recycled paper (Austria Ecolabel).
AWE Invites You to Join Our Sustainability Efforts
As individuals, as well as a community, each of us can and should contribute towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, preserving the planet and it's natural systems and resources. Here is what we invite you to do as an important part of AWE EU 2023:
Use the mobile app and website to stay informed about event details (avoid printing).
Use more sustainable ways of traveling to and getting around Vienna (take the train instead of a flight, walk/bike instead of taking a taxi).
Reduce the waste you generate and separate disposal.
Opt for reusable mugs and water bottles (be sure to label with your name).
JOIN AWE IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE Use code AWE2023 to save 20% on the cost to offset your carbon footprint by purchasing offsets through our partner, Terrapass, here.
AWE is a carbon neutral event
Since our inception, it has been AWE’s mission to further human progress through technology, and harness the power of XR to fight the greatest challenges facing humanity. Since there is no greater challenge today, we have committed to do all that we can to leverage our platform and community in service of fighting climate change and its effects.
Building on the efforts of the $100,000 XR Prize Challenge: Fight Climate change, a cash prize designed to incentivize the development of XR-powered solutions that help educate about and fight against the effects of climate change, AWE has now also committed to producing carbon neutral events.
For example, to make AWE USA carbon neutral, we worked with a leading, third-party verified firm, Terrapass to calculate the green gas emissions related to the event and offset the impact by investing into green tech, forest planting projects, and carbon reduction projects. We followed the Terrapass model to ‘calculate, reduce, and offset’ our carbon footprint - both at our events and in how we approach our business. Our commitment started long ago and continues into the future. We plan to use the learnings from our efforts to continue to improve while working to make all AWE events carbon neutral and more sustainable.
Measuring the impact/footprint of a LARGE CONFERENCE event
Through our work with Terrapass at AWE USA 2023, we offset a total of 1,238 metric tons of carbon. This Includes every aspect of the event including an estimated 5,536,000 miles of airline transportation, 21,000 meals/parties served, and 102,721 kWh of electricity used. The impact of these combined offsets add up to the equivalent of planting 20,470 trees, for the USA event alone.
More details about the impact of AWE EU 2023 will be available post-event.
Trusted third-party verification
"Terrapass confirms that AWE has neutralized the estimated carbon emissions from the AWE USA 2023 event by funding 1,238 mT of carbon offsets from verified carbon reduction projects. Estimated carbon emissions are based on operational data provided to Terrapass by AWE for venue, shipping, air travel, car travel, ground transportation, hotels, paper, water bottles, meals, and waste."
We understand that the event industry has many opportunities to act more sustainably and we’re working with our sponsors and exhibitors to change the status quo at our events; including reducing one-time use items, working to eliminate print waste, and encouraging sustainable swag and digital lead-generation activities.
Sustainability activities at the AWE events and beyond
Walkable events. We’re taking a new approach off-site events and completely eliminated the need for car and bus travel at AWE USA 2023 by hosting our parties within walking distance from the convention center grounds. Watch for more sustainable practices as AWE EU 2023 in Vienna takes place and as we move to Long Beach for AWE USA 2024.
At AWE EU where bus transfer is necessary we offer sustainable transfer with the support of our partners Busreisen Stahl. As part of Busreisen's sustainability commitment, they plant a tree for each passenger served.
Wherever possible we’re defaulting to digital signage and apps to help the AWE audience plan their schedules and find their way around the event.
For the limited printed materials we must create (often for accessibility reasons), we’ve moved to fully biodegradable or recyclable materials:
Major set pieces will now be made from recyclable cloth banners, instead of vinyl.
Sign boards will be printed on honey-comb paper board, instead of corrugated plastics.
Name tags will be biodegradable and we’ll have recycle stations to collect lanyards & badges after the event.
Local, sustainable vendors partner with AWE. To consider the entire footprint of our events including everything we make and ship, we’re working with new local vendors for things like printing t-shirts and signage to reduce both production waste and shipping.
To limit food and service waste, we’ve requested re-usable or compostable service items for catering at AWE events.
Renewable power. The Santa Clara Convention Center, site of AWE for 14 years, uses 100% renewable wind and solar energy and is a green partner with the EPA and an award winner for its sustainability efforts.
In addition to Austria Center Vienna and many local hotels that are Austria Ecolabel and/or green meeting certified, AWE EU 2023 is proud to work with the following local Austria businesses. By supporting local, AWE is minimizing transportation and promoting sustainable practices.
AWE has a commitment to accessible content and supporting our global community with digital options. All Main Stage sessions from AWE USA and AWE EU are streamed live on awe.live for people who cannot or do not want to travel. Additionally all AWE conference sessions are recorded and hosted for free on awe.live and on our YouTube channel.
We’ve worked with Terrapass, a leader in the carbon offsets space.
Terrapass adopts the highest standards and 100% of their carbon offsets are certified by the industry’s top independent 3rd party verifiers including Verified Carbon Standard, Gold Standard, American Carbon Registry or the Climate Action Reserve.
Projects are verified every step of the way. An accredited and independent accounting firm verifies that Terrapass projects are realizing the exact number of emissions reductions.
Terrapass completes rigorous assurance processes. Every year, Terrapass completes Green-e® Climate Certification, industry leading 3rd party assurance that carbon offset purchases meet the most rigorous standards for quality.
1,238 metric tons of carbon dioxide are being offset for AWE USA 2023.
Including for 5,536,000 miles of airline transportation and 102,721 Kwh of electricity used.
The total carbon offset is the equivalent to planting 20,470 trees
1,238mt = 2,729,323 lbs
AWE sees these sustainability as a key part of our mission to uplift and support the XR industry. In addition to offsetting the carbon footprint for our three flagship events (AWE USA, AWE EU, and AWE Asia) we will review our efforts and impacts yearly and update our plan as we grow and learn from these initiatives.
Additionally our global team members all work digitally, eliminating the need for daily commutes or managing office spaces.
AWE has a commitment to accessible content and supporting our global community with digital options. All Main Stage sessions from AWE USA are streamed live on awe.live for people who cannot or choose not to travel.
Additionally all AWE conference sessions are recorded and hosted for free on awe.live and on our YouTube channel.
We also host over 30 AWE Nite meetup groups internationally, where community members can connect, learn, and grow with leaders in the XR space through local events and online streaming sessions.