The SRI Conference's commitment to building a sustainable conference begins with the site selection process, and continues through the planning process and on to our onsite presence.
Some of the questions on which properties are evaluated include:
Green Hotel Initiative: Is the facility compliant with the Green Hotel Initiative?
The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing began purchasing carbon offsets in 2003.
The 2017 SRI Conference has committed to purchase carbon offsets in support of the Southern Ute Project in Colorado.
This Southern Ute project is located on tribal lands within the San Juan Basin in southwestern Colorado. This basin is rich in fossil fuel resources and has been a source of coal, uranium, and natural gas for many decades. In certain areas of the San Juan Basin, coal seams emerge from the surface of the ground. Methane once adsorbed to the coal seeps into the atmosphere at these outcroppings. This release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, has been observed since the 1800s. Capturing this “fugitive” methane and putting it to good use is an effective way to address climate change.
Because of the low volume of methane seeping near the coal outcroppings, it was not economical to install conventional coal-bed-methane (natural gas) production wells and collection piping. The opportunity for carbon offset revenues was a driver in justifying the expense of developing interceptor wells and collection piping near the outcroppings. The captured gas is ultimately injected into the natural gas distribution grid and burned either for thermal energy or power generation downstream.
The Southern Ute Tribe does not mine any of the coal on its lands. This project is not a conventional coal mine methane project, since there are no associated coal mining operations. The methane captured in this project has the same environmental impact as gas that is captured in landfill and dairy-manure offset projects.
We provide sustainable appreciation gifts to our presenters. Some of the criteria we consider during the selection process include whether the product is fair trade, organic, made from recycled materials, and locally produced. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, on behalf of our speakers, we donated to the Arbor Foundation to plant 1,000 trees each year in their Trees to the Forest program.