Our Commitment To Sustainability

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Our Mission

The International Roofing Expo understands that our event impacts the environment and the communities we serve. Our goal is to make the event more responsible and to minimize these impacts continuously. Through our Sustainability Program, we are working to identify, understand and address areas where we can make positive changes. We aim for everyone involved in the IRE, from show management and event contractors to our attendees and exhibitors, to engage with sustainability.

How are we making IRE a more sustainable event?

Our three aims of delivering a sustainable event are: Economical, Environmental, Social

  • Including sustainability in our show content
  • Inspiring our suppliers, exhibitors, and other participants to help us deliver a sustainable event
  • Developing purposeful partnerships
  • Reducing our event’s carbon emissions
  • Creating less waste
  • Considering sustainability credentials of the items sourced for the event
  • Doing business safely and ethically
  • Considering well-being and accessibility
  • Making a positive impact on our host cities
  • Measuring our impacts

How can you help make a sustainably positive impact?

Making IRE 2021 a more sustainable event is a partnership between everyone involved, from show management and event contractors to our attendees and exhibitors. 

Sustainability Initiatives for IRE 2021

Sustainability is about being responsible over the long term and continuously improving the impacts we make.

Beginning this year, we’ve chosen to make a few changes to our live event experience. These changes are part of our approach to being a more sustainable business and our hope of enhancing customer safety and championing innovation at all of our events.

  • Transition to Digital Badges: As we return to live events, we want to take the best of what we have learned this year about complementary digital solutions to better our in-person experiences. Digital badging helps create a seamless, efficient, and modern experience, much like digital boarding passes have created for travelers. And it’s contactless, which supports our continued efforts to prioritize health and hygiene while also benefiting our sustainability efforts by eliminating paper waste. Having a digital badge means no more standing in long lines on opening more to pick up your badge. In addition, we will no longer have on-site registration. Everyone will be required to register online to gain access to the event. We will have a digital badge assistance counter for anyone that needs help.
  • Removing Carpet: An analysis from our sustainability team showed that carpet is one of the most significant contributors to waste at our events. The simple act of removing carpet would save hundreds of thousands of pounds of waste each year. This focus on sustainability is not happening in avoid—it is the latest in a series of moves that Informa has been taking to improve our impacts on the world significantly. In addition to its effect on the environment, carpet is very difficult to clean thoroughly, and removing it will allow us to ensure consistently clean surfaces throughout our events. How does this change impact our event?  You will not see carpet in the expo hall aisles and show floor feature areas. Exhibitors will still have the option to place flooring in their booth, but it will no longer be a requirement.
  • Reducing Paper Consumption: To help reduce the amount of paper consumption, printing waste, and paper waste, we have decided not to print a show guide or floor plan for the 2021 event. According to the EPA, over 67 million tons of paper and paperboard was generated in the US in 2018, with over 17 million tons ending up in the landfill. By moving our show guide and floor plan to a digital format, we are helping to impact the environment in a positive way. Attendees and exhibitors can access the Digital Show Guide on our website and via the IRE mobile app.

Tasks Everyone Can Do

  • Bring a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, and a reusable straw to IRE to help reduce single-use products.
  • Consider walking or biking whenever possible or use public transportation for longer distances. If you use a shared ride service such as Uber, Lyft, or a taxi, try to always carpool.
  • During your hotel stay, take advantage of the linen/towel reuse programs and turn off lights and televisions when not in the room.
  • Take shorter showers to help reduce water consumption.
  • Responsibly dispose of waste materials by recycling at the convention center, at your hotel, and wherever recycling bins are found throughout the city.
  • Download the IRE mobile app. We have opted not to print a Show Guide or Floor Plan in 2021 to help reduce paper consumption and printing waste.

Exhibitor Sustainability Checklist

  • Encourage less printing and provide more information digitally when it comes to company literature.
  • If you must print materials, consider using paper that contains recycled materials.
  • Request your booth signage is recyclable and or made from recycled materials.
  • Bring your own carpet or flooring, such as puzzle foam flooring that can be reused at multiple shows.
  • Break down all cardboard boxes during set up for recycling.
  • When ordering catering, request reusable dishes and utensils to help reduce single-use products. Also, consider including vegetarian/vegan items as an option. 

Come to the show a day early, roll up your sleeves and give back to the local community by participating in the Community Service Day’s home renovation project. In conjunction with the local chapter of Rebuilding Together, we will help repair and renovate homes of low-income homeowners that are in need.

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The Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the 2 hotels that comprise their  esort, and their parent company, MGM Resorts International, are strongly committed to being socially responsible and lessening their impact on the planet. The MBCC has been awarded the highly coveted 5 Keys rating by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, which evaluates locations based on their green operations. Learn more about the MBCC’s green initiatives and programs. 

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