How can you become involved with the sustainability initiatives at SWSD2018?

Once our SWSD 2018 App becomes available we encourage all delegates to download it, as there will be no printed programme!



Prepare for Travel

-Fill your own reusable travel sized bottles with amenities for travelling.

-Use lower carbon travel options when possible, such as trains or buses. When flying, book the most direct route as possible.


Reduce food waste, water use and energy consumption at home.

Turn off your main water supply. This will make sure that small leaks don’t run up your water use, and mitigates that potential damage from a major leak. Drain the pipes and flush the toliets if freezing water is a possibility.

-Power down before leaving home and office. Did you know that equipment keeps drawing power when it’s turned off but still plugged in? Using a power bar for your computer equipment and shutting it off is an easy way to bring down your power consumption.

Adjust your heating or air conditioning levels if no one will be home. Depending on your climate you might not want to turn them off completely to avoid freezing pipes or damage to wood in extreme heat.

Save your perishables. Give away any perishable food to neighbours before you leave, or store them for later use. Slice and freeze soft fruits for smoothies, make milk ice cubes for iced coffee, and prep any vegetables or leftovers that can be frozen for making soup when you get home.


During Travel

-Use public transit or ride-shares to and from the airport and train station.

-Use paperless boarding passes.


On Site in Dublin

-Take shorter showers. Choose your favourite 4 minute song to listen to and use as your shower timer.

-Take part in towel and linen reuse programs at your hotel.

-Make drought and carbon friendly food choices during your stay in Dublin. Select tea over coffee, and vegetarian, chicken or fish over beef to reduce your water and carbon food footprints.

-Adjust blinds in your room (open when it’s cold out closed when it’s hot out) and air conditioning/ heating when you’re not in your room to reduce power use.