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:

Green Initiatives at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

  • Office paper, plastic and glass is recycled
  • Rooftop Garden consisting of 114 containers total, growing several varieties of tomatoes, peppers and chilies, herbs, greens, tricolor carrots, snap peas, Easter egg radishes, and flowers
  • Hydroponic Garden using 4 NFT(Nutrient Film Technique) Systems with a total of 1654 plant sites., growing varieties of lettuce, producing between 400 and 500 heads of baby lettuce a week
  • Uses only post-consumer paper
  • ENERGY STAR® certified property
  • Water saving showers heads in all guest rooms
  • Water conserving 1.6pgf toilets in all guest rooms
  • Motion sensor and timed light switches in all storage rooms
  • Starbucks uses recyclable cups from post-consumer paper
  • For conferences and events, the property uses 100% recycled note pads, pens made from recycled materials, and eco-friendly water service.
  • Recycling bins are placed in meeting rooms as well as offers a recyclable box lunch program. 
  • For off-site planning, online event menus are used and billing is sent electronically.

Green Initiatives at Marriott Hotels & Resorts

  • Replaced light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs
  • Installed low-flow showerheads and toilets
  • Introduced water/energy saving linen program
  • Operates the most ENERGY STAR® certified properties in the
  • industry, as part of Marriott’s portfolio of brands
  • Involves its global workforce in eco-volunteerism

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 www.nacwa.org/17winter
  • 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.

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.