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.  
  • 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 when available.  

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.

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk Environmental Policies

  • The Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk has a Green team composed of Hyatt Associates who discuss best practices and green initiatives for the hotel.
  • There are motion sensors and timed light switches in all storage rooms of the hotel.
  • There is a Security team that walks the floor and turns off all lights in the meeting rooms.
  • Engineering has updated the hotels cooling system to be more efficient.
  • All meeting space lighting at the property are LED energy efficient, and the air in the spaces is turned off when not utilized.
  • The guest rooms of the hotel are kept at 72 degrees.
  • The hotel participates in recycling initiatives throughout the hotel including office paper, plastic and glass.
  • The hotel has just started using paper straws in restaurants and bars.
  • The hotel has water saving shower heads in all guest rooms.

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.