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:

The 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 attendees, specifically to reduce the amount of waste from the show going to landfills.


Think Before You Throw: Recycling and composting bins are located throughout the Oregon Convention Center and Specialty Coffee Expo floor, so you’ll never have to go far to responsibly dispose of your waste. Take a moment to consider what goes where:

  • COMPOST: Coffee grounds, liquid, food, coffee filters, wet paper, compostable flatware

  • RECYCLING: plastic cups and bottles, milk jugs, aluminum cans, paper, glass bottles, cardboard

  • LANDFILL: Plastic utensils, chip bags, plastic wrappers, straws


Bring Your Favorite Reusable Water Bottle: Filtered water stations will be available throughout the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Just say “no” to disposable plastic water bottles and carry along your reusable version!

Cut Down on Paper Use with the Mobile App: The Specialty Coffee Expo Mobile App is free to all participants and offers the ability to easily navigate the entire event with the ease of your smart phone or tablet. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Go Green in Your Hotel Room: Be sure to take advantage of towel and sheet reuse initiatives that may be offered by your hotel. Don’t forget to turn off all lights and electronics when you leave your room each day! Click here to check out all your hotel’s sustainability initiatives.

Hit the Pavement: Portland is a very walkable city and many hotels in the SCA room block are within walking distance of the Oregon Convention Center. Choose to walk back to your room to enjoy the city’s hotspots.

Learn: Tour the Oregon Convention Center on Thursday to learn how they use rain gardens, recycling, and solar panels to make the OCC a LEED Platinum facility. 

Be Selective about Transportation: If walking or biking to your destination isn’t an option, be smart about your transportation choices. If you are flying into Portland International, take the red MAX Line to the Portland Convention Center or downtown. Portland boasts a wide variety of transportation options that will make getting around a breeze.

Share How You #MakeCoffeeBetter at #CoffeeExpo2020 : Participate in the SCA’s #MakeCoffeeBetter campaign and tell us what you are doing to be more sustainable. We can’t wait to hear from you!