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 Savannah Green Initiatives

  • The Hyatt Regency Savannah has motion sensors and timers that are installed in Housekeeping closets to ensure that lights are turned off when necessary.
  • 75-100% of pressurized aerosol cans have been eliminated and replaced with hand pump dispensers refilled from bulk/concentrated solutions.
  • Procedures are in place that allow Housekeeping staff to report actions that harm the environment and share their ideas on eliminating impacts.
  • 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.
  • HVAC equipment modifications have been made in the last 12 months to improve energy efficiency.
  • Energy efficiency is taken into consideration when purchasing new appliances and equipment (e.g. Energy Star certified, EnerGuide ratings etc.).
  • A preventative maintenance program is in place to monitor and fix leaking toilets and taps in guestrooms and public areas.
  • The hotel uses a waste compactor or commercial bailer to reduce the volume of waste going to disposal.
  • Smoking areas have been minimized to 1-10% of the guestrooms to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
  • Cooking oils/grease are separated and disposed of/recycled as special waste.

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.