American Society of Safety Engineers Support Orlando Convention Center’s Green Efforts as They Prepare for June’s Safety 2007
Des Plaines, IL (June 12, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), preparing for its June 24-27 Safety 2007 Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Orlando, fully supports the Orange County Convention Center for going “green” and will ask all its conference attendees to participate by recycling whenever possible.
“We urge our Safety 2007 participants to not only recycle while at the convention center, but in their hotels and while enjoying the greater Orlando area,” ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, said today. “We’re expecting about 4,000 attendees from more than 30 countries and close to 400 exhibitors at Safety 2007 in Orlando and we believe their efforts can make a difference. Additionally, we hope everyone recycles wherever they are, whether at home, at work, or at school.”
ASSE officials noted that Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center was the first center in the country to be awarded a “Green Certification” for its environmental systems and programs by the International Organization for Standardization (IOS). IOS is a network of standards institutes from 146 countries working on creating and auditing environmental issues in partnership with governments, industry, businesses and consumer representatives.
In 2000, the last time ASSE held its conference in Orlando, Orange County Convention Center officials realized that it recycled less than one percent of its total waste stream. By 2006, officials noted, the center had 1) recovered 40 percent of all waste; 2) diverted 9,000 tons of material to be remanufactured; and 3) recycled 871 tons of cardboard and 5.8 tons of office paper.
“We’re asking all Safety 2007 attendees to participate and to recycle as appropriate,” Jones said. “Many of our members are well into being green. For instance, the ASSE Hospitality Branch of our Practice Specialty area is developing a “Greening of Hospitality” white paper of environmental best practices in the industry to include employees, guests, maintenance practices, purchasing and more.”
Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is dedicated to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 members manage, supervise, and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information, please visit ASSE’s website at www.asse.org and for IOS information go to www.iso.org/iso/en/ISOOnline.frontpage.