Green Initiatives

ISES is committed to protecting the natural environment through responsible resource utilization at our annual meetings. The 2017 Meeting will be the fourth annual meeting to use an electronic application instead of a paper program, thereby saving more than 42,000 pages of paper! ISES is also committed to promoting environmental stewardship through the promotional give-away of a water bottle and the bag exchange.  Additionally, Tuesday's box lunch is being provided in a biodegradable box and the company providing transportation for Monday's dinner, Greenway Transit, is the first, and only, green transportation company in the Southeast to run a 100% biodiesel fleet thus offering low-carbon rides.


Participants at the 2017 Annual Meeting will receive a luggage handle grip and water bottle, but NOT a meeting bag. Participants are encouraged to bring bags from previous meetings and participate in a bag exchange. Bags will be placed on a table in registration and participants can simply leave their bag(s) and/or take a bag someone else has left. Any bags left on the table at the end of the meeting will be donated to the Durham Rescue Mission; a non-profit and North Carolina’s oldest and largest long-term homeless shelter.

This is a great opportunity to pick up a bag from a conference you missed…if you are a collector. Or clean out some closet space and allow others to make use of bags you no longer want. There is no limit to the number of bags you can bring.

Join the fun and let’s see how many different meeting bags people still have.


This year’s meeting will be held at Sheraton Imperial Hotel, which has taken the steps noted below towards environmental stewardship. The Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center makes conserving water, energy and other resources rewarding each guest as well as being great for the environment. Guest can enjoy a $5 voucher at participating food and beverage outlets or 500 Starpoints® awarded at check-out for each night they decline housekeeping (except day of departure). To participate in the Make a Green Choice program, please inform the hotel at check-in or look for the door hanger in your guestroom.

Other Green Initiatives the Sheraton Imperial does to impact the environment:
RECYCLING: All departments recycle glass and plastic bottles, office paper, aluminum cans, cardboard and newspaper. They participate with the Think of Green program which uses and recycles ink and toner cartridges, double sided printing, eFolios.

SERVICE: Reusable utensils, cloth napkins and cloth tablecloths are used in food service in their Restaurant and Banquet department. Water and beverages are served in pitchers and dispensers when possible. Recyclable and biodegradable products are used. 

Guests have the option of reusing towels and sheets during their stay. Their laundry vendor, ALSCO, uses a state of the art water reclamation system. In addition, housekeepers use electrolyzed water in place of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals in guestrooms. Reusable cleaning rags are washed and sanitized.

KITCHEN: Utilizes electrolyzed water in place of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals. They have added an herb garden in the back of the hotel and use the herbs in their kitchen as well as composting in the kitchen, banquets and restaurant.

SALES AND CATERING: They create a Meeting Impact Report where they demonstrate the impact of sustainable decisions made within the meeting planning process. They offer sustainable banquet and catering food menu, keep track of energy, water, waste generated and products recycled in banquet meetings.

LIGHTING: All guest room lamps are equipped with long-lasting energy efficient bulbs as well as LED lighting in all meeting and banquet rooms.

TRAINING: Hotel personnel are trained in water conservation practices and their recycling policy. Advisories about being good stewards of energy and water resources, not wasting water, and reporting problems or leaks, etc. are posted in employee areas on an ongoing basis. A Sustainability committee has been formed of employees assisting the hotel to its goal for sustainability.