Each year more than 1,200 lawyers gather for the Boston Bar Association’s Law Day Dinner. As one can imagine, the logistics for putting an event like this together — determining location, staffing, selecting a speaker and honorees, determining the menu, marketing the event, and more — can be pretty daunting. The first decision to be made is where to hold the event. Availability, space, location and service are just a few of the factors that need to be weighed before a decision is made. That isn’t all. Thanks to sustainability initiatives put forth by current BBA President Lisa Goodheart (which includes the creation of TSL, by the way), the BBA made a concentrated effort to include the site’s sustainability initiatives into our decision making process. Fortunately, one potential location has a green resume that lists their sustainability initiatives. Some of the highlights read:
Cleaning Green: The location uses cleaning fluids produced by an electrolyzed water system, which combines tap water, salt and electricity to create a chemical free sanitizer and a cleaner, which are used throughout the establishment.
Recycling: The location recycles white paper, newspaper, plastic, glass, aluminum and cardboard. Since 2006, 986 tons of material have been diverted from landfills thanks to these efforts. In a recent renovation recycled 55.7 tons of carpeting, drapes, linens and wall coverings.
Composting: All organic materials are composted. A revolutionary two stage process convert organic waste into liquid. Currently, food prep and waste from the restaurant, bar and bakery and banquet events are composted. Since 2007, 300 tons of organic waste has been diverted. For an event that seats 1,200 guests for a three course meal, choosing a site that composts all organic waste was a huge benefit.
Energy saving: 1) All room key cards (hint: it’s a hotel, too!) are made of 100% recycled content. 2) Toilets were recently retrofitted, to save an estimated 200,000 gallons of water a year. 3) All buildings on the campus utilize a Sarnafil energy Smart Roof system which is designed to reduce atmospheric heat and conserve energy. 4) The location purchases enough renewable energy credits to offset 50% of the Hotel’s electrical consumption. 5) A “smart thermostat” system reduces electricity needed for heating and cooling by 14%. 6) Energy conserving bulbs were installed in over 2,000 fixtures, which last 10x longer use 82% less energy.
Innovation: The location recently created a home, read: hives, for 270,000 bees on their 5th floor eco-friendly roof. In 2011, the bees produced over 100 pounds of award winning honey for use in the on site restaurant and bar.
Phew…enough facts. TSL could write ten blog posts and not include all of the sustainability efforts of our Law Day host. Worry not, dear readers, now is the moment of truth where we reveal the local of the BBA’s 2012 Law Day Dinner! Drumroll please…. The Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center!
The BBA has taken steps to ensure the May 17th is the most sustainable Law Day Dinner yet. The BBA is:
- Selecting a menu made up from produce from three local farms within a 60 mile radius (surprise, surprise, this includes the Seaports own herb and vegetable garden).
- Printing all program books on 100% recycled paper
- Executing all marketing initiatives electronically
- Selecting the Seaport as its Law Day host (did you see the list above? This totally counts)
Law Day Dinner will be held on May 17th and feature Harvard professor Michael Sandel as keynote speaker. Contact BBA/BBF Director of Development & Events Megan Leppert firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.