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Call for Abstracts closes Monday 2 March 2020. Click here for more information.

Sustainability

The Congress Organisers recognise event travel impacts on the environment and as a sustainability legacy initiative, you can donate to TreeProject, a community, Victorian based, not for profit organisation. Your donation enables TreeProject to provide landholders with affordable trees, shrubs and grasses needed to revegetate and repair our environment.

When you donate to TreeProject, you will be helping to:

  • Tackle salinity and erosion
  • Develop healthy soil structure
  • Prevent excess water entering our ground waters and causing salinity
  • Improve water quality and help to keep our waterways healthy
  • Repair ecosystems
  • Restore our waterways
  • Conserve biodiversity
  • Provide habitat for wildlife corridors
  • Fight climate change
  • Offset carbon
  • Produce the very air we breathe

Every $2 you give gets 1 seedling in the ground
$20 can grow 10 seedlings to create a wetland
$30 can plant 15 seedlings to repair an eroded waterway
$50 can provide 25 seedlings to the Forest Link Project to create a biolink for threatened species

When registering, you can nominate the dollar sum you wish to commit.

For further information on TreeProject, please visit their website

Carbon Offset
We encourage you to consider participating in your airline’s carbon offset program.

Paper Reduction
As much as possible, the Congress will reduce the amount of printing in both the lead up to and onsite.  Delegates are encouraged to use electronic resources, such as downloads from the website and app, where possible. 

All printing produced for the Congress will be done on FSC graded paper. Note pads and pens will not be provided onsite at the Congress.

Plastic Reduction 
Delegates are encouraged to bring a water bottle onsite which can be refilled at the numerous water stations within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Delegates are also encouraged to bring a coffee keepcup. 

Recycling 
Lanyards, name badges and satchels will be recycled so we encourage you to return these to the Registration and Information Desk upon completion of the Congress. 

Venue
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been awarded a 6-star Green Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for the venue’s innovative environmental design and operational features. Built from the ground up with the environment in mind, the MCEC was the first convention centre in the world to be awarded this and also have achieved Gold Accreditation with the world’s sustainability benchmarking organisation, EarthCheck.  To find out more about the MCEC initiatives in place, click here

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