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.

  • 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.

Green Initiatives at the Providence Biltmore

  • The hotel changes bed linens every three days unless requested in order to reduce water waste.

  • To conserve energy and use less water, the hotel has high efficiency showerheads.

  • 90% of the hotel uses energy efficient LED lights, which helps reduce electricity usage.

  • The hotel uses energy efficient heating pumps that supply all heat to the hotel.

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.