Sustainability at IDEAL

What We're Doing

Sustainability is a core value of librarianship and the Association of Research Libraries. In service of these values and the Association’s sustainability efforts, IDEAL offers an opportunity to engage in environmentally conscious practices focused on resource conservation and sustainability.

The IDEAL Conference strives to employ the most environmentally conscious policies and sustainable practices. In addition to working with sustainable vendors, here are a few things we’re doing:

  • Minimizing the use of plastic where possible (for example, paper name badges, reusable event signage)
  • Avoiding food waste and making conscious food-choice selections privileging local suppliers
  • Using an event app and electronic event materials and minimizing printed materials
  • Limiting optional promotional products

How You Can Help

During IDEAL 2024, we encourage participants to consider the following practices to help conserve resources:

  • Participate in the hotel's green initiatives (for example, opt-out of daily linen changes, avoid single-use water bottles and toiletries). 
  • Download the event app to access electronic versions of all program materials.
  • Bring your own reusable mug or water bottle.
  • Recycle a lanyard from another event and bring it along to the conference for your name badge. 

Travel to Toronto

  • Try to book direct routes when flying. Planes release the most carbon during takeoff and landing.
  • Fly economy. First and Business class takes up more space per seat, which means more fuel per passenger.
  • Pack light, as heavy luggage requires more fuel to carry.
  • Avoid food and water waste while traveling. Bring meals you'll need while traveling with you, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Take public transportation from the airport. 
  • Use the attendee page in the event app to connect with other attendees to carpool for local and regional attendees.