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 here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Boston Marriott Copley Place Green Initiatives

  • This property has converted to a single stream dumpster to aid hotel-wide paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal recycling.
  • This hotel has motion sensor and timed light switches in all storage rooms.
  • There are sensors and water conserving faucets in all public restrooms at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
  • The Boston Marriott has purchased Southern Aluminum recycled/recyclable linenless tables.
  • This property has outsourced laundry operations to environmentally friendly and energy efficient vendor.
  • The Starbucks inside the hotel uses recyclable cups from post consumer paper.

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.