For the past three years, the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas has sought to offset the show's environmental impact by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), and this year organisers are requesting that show attendees follow suit. The 'Carbon Neutral Travel Program' aims to encourage visitors to calculate their CO2 emissions produced by travel to and from the show, then purchase enough RECs to counterbalance that amount.
This latest initiative is part of Interbike's ongoing 'Green Steps' program, which, beyond offsetting energy used during the show, may also include steps such as using recycled aisle carpet and moving to recycled paper badges printed with soya ink.
"Going green can sometimes mean some sacrifice, but many times the sacrifice has rewards and benefits that ultimately improve one's lifestyle," said Interbike show director Lance Camisasca. "Through our Green Steps Program we purchase renewable energy certificates to compensate for the energy required to operate Interbike. That one step alone was the equivalent to taking 30 cars off the road for an entire year."
For more information about Interbike's Green Steps program, visit: www.interbike.com/ib/industry/green-steps.jsp.