Sustainability at Expo

As we plan and produce the 2020 Specialty Coffee Expo, we use the association’s purpose as a lens for our decisions:

 “SCA will foster a global coffee community and support activity to make specialty coffee a thriving, equitable, and sustainable activity for the entire value chain.”

 To create a sustainable event and achieve our sustainability goals in Portland, we need the support of our exhibitors, specifically to reduce the amount of waste from the show going to landfills. We’ve set a goal to achieve a 70% diversion rate from the landfill at the Oregon Convention Center, but we can’t do it without your help.

 Below are a few things that exhibitors can do to help us achieve our waste diversion rate.

  • If you offer any food or beverage products at your booth:

    • Select the three-bin compost/recycling/landfill booth bin options from your Freeman exhibitor service kit

    • Procure reusable/compostable drinkware or service ware

    • If you don’t utilize the in-booth waste systems, use the three-bin systems offered on the Expo hall floor

  • Donate any leftover products or materials from your booth

    • Freeman will manage our exhibitor donation program. If you have anything leftover that you don’t want to take with you (anything from bar towels and pencils to plants and furniture), please fill out the donation form in your Freeman service kit  

    • Plan to leave NO footprint by taking back everything you bring in to the Oregon Convention Center, or plan to donate it to local community organizations in Portland

    • Make graphics or signs that can be reused year over year. If you must produce single use graphics or signs, make sure they are produced on recyclable material so that, at the end of the show, we can place them into recycling streams instead of sending them to the landfill

    • Minimize the number of giveaways or printed handouts wherever possible.  If you do have printed materials, print double sided to minimize paper use and possible waste.