Our Mission and Commitment

We know that sustainability is becoming increasingly important. Running the International Roofing Expo gives us many opportunities to improve our impact environmentally, socially and economically in the regions we operate.

We want to make the International Roofing Expo more responsible and play a role in helping the market improve its own sustainability. We do this by connecting people with networks and knowledge to help solve the big challenges in our industry.

Guided by the Informa Markets FasterForawrd Program, the International Roofing Expo will become a more sustainable, positive impact event.

Our Three Pledges

Environmental Responsibility

Our first aim is to run our events in an environmentally responsible manner.

Social Responsibility

Our second aim is to turn our events in a socially responsible manner.

Inspiring Sustainable Development

Our third aim is for our events to inspire sustainable development.

See It In Action - What's Happening at IRE

We minimize energy use by reducing the lights, power, and HVAC during move-in and move-out times in exhibit halls. This helps reduce our event's carbon emissions from the venue energy use and helps us create Net Zero Carbon events, utilizing renewable electricity IRE 2022 and beyond. In addition, the MCCNO has upgraded over 5,000 light fixtures to LEDs. All exhibit hall lighting has been upgraded to LEDs as well.

Composting

All leftover food from the event will be composted to help divert as much waste from the show from the NOLA landfills as possible.

At the MCCNO, Centerplate composts all kitchen waste, and most of the food-ware is made of biodegradable materials.

Food Donations

The MCCNO makes food donations to local partners, coordinated by Centerplate.

Water

The MCCNO has over 60 water bottle filling stations throughout the convention center. In addition, the new 7 acre Pedestrian Park outside our facility manages stormwater in rain gardens planted with native Louisiana wetland plants.

At the request of the IRE, the MCCNO will monitor and track the volume of waste and recycling, which is already a part of MCCNO's LEED certification. These initiatives have been implemented to focus on the waste diversion rate and divert as much waste from the show from the NOLA landfills as possible. The MCCNO will have recycling cans for the show floor, lobbies, and outside all meeting rooms. There will also be recycling cans inside meeting rooms and IRE-contracted spaces. The IRE is also requesting a recycling stream of pallets and cardboard, which is part of MCCNO's sustainability initiatives. 

Booth Furnishings & Carpet

We use pre-cut to length tabletop vinyl, reusable drapery, wooden tables, and biodegradable trash can liners. We have also eliminated aisle carpet and no longer required booth carpet at the IRE. All carpet, padding, and plastic covering used contain recycled content and are recyclable. 

Registration

We have moved to 100% online registration, eliminating the need for printed onsite registration forms.

Exhibitor Service Manuals

Exhibitor Service Manuals (ESMs) are made available electronically via our website to reduce paper waste.

Show Program and Floor Plans

To help reduce paper consumption, printing waste, and paper waste, we no longer print the show program and floor plan. Attendees and exhibitors can access the digital show guide and the floor plan on our website and via the IRE mobile app.

Signs & Graphics

Whenever possible, graphics are produced from environmentally responsible components with water-based inks.

About the Event

Each year the International Roofing Expo partners with a local chapter of the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together to help make critical home repairs for low-income local community members in need, including veterans, the elderly, and the disabled. The annual IRE Community Service Day Project consists of a volunteer day, monetary donations, and sponsor donations. 

Volunteer Day

For our volunteer day, IRE attendees and exhibitors sign up to physically work making the repairs to homes or other local community projects. The volunteer day is held a day before the show opens. 

Donations

During registration and on our website, IRE attendees and exhibitors can make a monetary donation to help us raise $10,000 to assist with the cost of the home repairs. The International Roofing Expo also makes a monetary donation each year to the project. 

Sponsors

The IRE works with various sponsors to help raise money for the project, secure donated supplies, and help cover the volunteer day's expenses. In addition, each year, we work with companies to donate the labor and supplies to replace one or more roofs for people in need.

How To Get Involved

At the International Roofing Expo, you can also positively impact building a sustainable future and reducing your carbon footprint. From using a reusable water bottle to utilizing digital sales materials, there are tons of ways attendees and exhibitors can help make a difference.

Check out our guides below on what you can do while you're at the IRE.

Would you like to work with us on the sustainability of our event? Contact us at [email protected].

Do you have your own great story or want to share your efforts? Post what your company is doing on social media and tag it with #RoofingProtects.

 

As part of our FasterForward program, Informa Markets has committed to a series of specific and ambitious goals and activities that, over a five year period, will help us become an even more sustainable, high impact business while supporting and accelerating change in our markets.

It commits us to a series of activities between 2020-2025 that will ensure we move FasterForward to become an ever more sustainable, positive impact business. We are moving FasterForward to embed sustainability into everything we do and help our customers and specialist markets do the same. Delivering on this will help us champion specialists in new and more engaging ways.

Informa Markets Approach to Sustainable Business

Faster to Zero Commitments

Become carbon neutral as a business and across our products by 2025

Sustainability Inside Commitments

Embed sustainability inside 100% of our brands by 2025

Impact Multiplier Commitments

Enable one million disconnected people to access networks and knowledge by 2025

2020: Championing Sustainability

Informa Markets has lots of great stories to tell about its sustainability work. Read the 2020 Championing Sustainability report to learn about the first year of our new approach to sustainable business, FasterForward, and how their colleagues are putting it into practice.