Green Meeting


Protecting our environment and the planet is of fundamental importance to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and its members.  Our green meeting strategy aims to lighten our environmental impact by:

Meeting Materials

  • NACWA has significantly reduced printed materials for conferences, and prints only what is necessary to the success of the conference.  All information on the conference is available at 
  • Materials that are printed for our meetings are printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper that is made with a minimum of 10% post-consumer waste.
  • NACWA lanyards are made from 100% post-consumer plastic, mostly plastic bottles. 
  • The sponsored Key Cards are made from a minimum of 20% post-consumer plastic.
  • All NACWA Signage is made from reusable materials.  The NACWA Sponsorship Bio-Banner is made from the new revolutionary biodegradable PVC material.  When placed in a landfill, the Bio-Banner will literally vanish within 3-5 years unlike other vinyl banners that remain unchanged for decades.
  • NACWA staff also will be reducing paper usage as much as possible onsite, using ENERGY STAR certified computers and adopting other “green office” practices.   

Recycling of Materials

  • Recycling bins for bottles, paper, aluminum and glass are available in the hotel throughout meeting rooms, guest rooms and at breaks.
  • Following the conclusion of the meeting, be sure to stop by NACWA’s registration desk to drop off your badge and lanyard – NACWA strives to recycle and reuse as many meeting materials as possible.

Marriott Napa Valley Initiatives

  • The hotel is a supporter of local vendors such as: Five Dot Ranch, Model Bakery, Bellwether Farms.
  • They remove plastic water bottles from concierge lounge and install glass reusable carafes and filtered water system.
  • The hotel changes bed linens every three days unless requested.
  • There is collateral in guest rooms encouraging reuse of towels.
  • This property is a participating hotel in the Your Choice program which incentivizes Marriott Reward Members to forgo housekeeping services in exchange for bonus reward points.
  • The hotel uses tables without linen which creates a sleek look while reducing water usage.
  • Fruit infused water stations are placed at the back of meeting spaces opposed to water pitchers on each table.

Other NACWA Meeting Policies

  • NACWA offers tap water at our conferences, so that we can all enjoy the product of our member’s labors and reduce waste.