The 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference: one model for planning green and healthy conferences.

Abstract

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry committed to making their 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference a model for green and healthy conferences. The conference included increased opportunities for physical activity, both as part of conference events and for transportation to the conference. In addition, conference meals were healthy and sustainably sourced. The conference also implemented intuitive, accessible recycling; online scheduling and evaluation to minimize hard-copy materials; and the purchase of carbon offsets to reduce the unwanted environmental impact of the conference. Public health professionals have an opportunity and obligation to support healthy behaviors at their events and to serve as leaders in this area. Facilitating healthy and sustainable choices is in alignment with goals for both public health and broader social issues-such as environmental quality-that have a direct bearing on public health.

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@article{Ruckart2011The2N, title={The 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference: one model for planning green and healthy conferences.}, author={Perri Zeitz Ruckart and Cory Moore and Deborah E. Burgin and Maggie Kelly Byrne}, journal={Public health reports}, year={2011}, volume={126 Suppl 1}, pages={58-63} }