ICT4S Sustainability Policies

Over the years, we have developed a set of informal conference practices, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the conference:

  • All food served at ICT4S will be vegan.
  • Our catering companies have been instructed to avoid disposable items during refreshment and lunch breaks. Please help our catering staff by returning reusable dishes and cutlery, and choosing to take only what you will eat, to help minimize food waste.
  • The University of Toronto has a campus-wide ban on the sale of bottled water. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle. Carafes of water and reusable glasses will be available at the venue.
  • The conference will not offer any “swag” as part of registration, nor will it offer conference bags. Most of this just ends up in landfill anyway.
  • Conference badges and lanyards are re-usable. Please return them to the registration desk at the end of the conference.
  • We ask attendees to consider ways of reducing the carbon footprint of travel to the conference. If you are flying, please consider booking a direct flight to Toronto, to minimize the number of take-offs and landings, as these are the most carbon-intensive portions of any flight.
  • Toronto has an excellent public transit service (known locally as the TTC), featuring streetcars, buses and subway trains. At the registration desk, we will offer tokens and instructions for using the TTC. Please consider using the TTC for getting around in Toronto rather than taxi services. The downtown area is in easy walking distance from the University of Toronto, and is one of the safest cities in North America. You will not need a rental car while you’re in Toronto!
  • If you want to explore more of Toronto, consider using Toronto’s Bike Share program. Visitors can buy a 1-day pass for $7 or a 3-day pass for $15, which will give you as many 30-minute rides as you want while the pass is active. There’s a small surcharge for longer rides. You can buy a pass online, or at any of the bike stations which are located all across the city.

Please also note that ICT4S now has a code of conduct.