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 St. Louis at the Arch Green Initiatives

  • An Environmental Committee has been assigned responsibility for directing and coordinating environmental initiatives within the hotel.
  • The hotel’s HVAC system in the meeting and conference area is controlled by a programmable energy management system which automatically controls the temperature in occupied/unoccupied rooms.
  • Decorative centerpieces are reused or donated to staff, charity, etc.
  • 76-100% of chemical cleaners has been phased out and replaced with biodegradable/vegetable-based and/or non-toxic alternatives.
  • All Public Area Bathrooms have automated towel dispensers or hand dryers reducing the paper towel usage and waste.
  • Appliances/equipment are regularly cleaned and serviced (including air filters, air ducts, fans and burners).
  • Guest room heating and cooling thermostats are automated and recognize the difference of occupied and unoccupied status.
  • Approximately 76-100% of hazardous substances have been replaced with eco-labeled or other non-hazardous alternatives (e.g. detergents, cleaners, pesticides etc.).
  • Smoking areas have been minimized to 1-10% of the guestrooms to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
  • Appropriate permits and procedures in place to meet local / municipal wastewater discharge regulations.

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.