Zero Waste Challenge

Zero Waste Challenge

GreenBiz strives to mitigate its environmental impact. This year, we’ve set a challenge of recycling or composting 100% of the waste generated by the conference.  GreenBiz and Waste Management, in collaboration with the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, are working together to minimize waste generation and optimize waste diversion.

At GreenBiz 16, we diverted 94% of our waste, composting 68.2% and recycling 25.7%. We also achieved a UL Environment validation of Zero Waste to Landfill. UL Environment helps create better products and places in a more environmentally responsible wayWe hope to exceed this diversion rate at GreenBiz 17 and appreciate your help in reaching this goal.

Carbon Offsetting

We'll offset the GreenBiz 17's carbon impact with the help of Natural Capital Partners. Attendee travel, energy consumption, waste emissions and other carbon impacts associated with GreenBiz 17 will be offset in verified carbon reduction projects, reducing the emissions to net zero. Last year, GreenBiz 16 offset 500 tCO2e out of the 492 tCO2e  produced. With these carbon credits, we delivered essential finance to the India Solar Water Heating ProjectSeneca Meadows Landfill ProjectMississippi Valley Reforestation and Guatemala Water Filtration & Improved Cookstoves. To see our GHG emissions data from GreenBiz 16, click here.

Water Balancing

Water Offsetting

We'll balance GreenBiz 17's water footprint with the help of Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Change the Course, restoring approximately 820,000 gallons of freshwater to critically depleted ecosystems across Arizona. The Change the Course campaign is a national water initiative founded by BEF, National Geographic, and Participant Media. The initiative engages the public and the business community in reducing water footprints and returning water to nature. For every personal pledge to conserve, Change the Course returns 1,000 gallons to rivers and wetlands in need. Change the Course partners with on-the-ground conservation groups to fund innovative restoration projects that restore water and enhance water security.

Food Redistribution

Copia Food Redistribution

We're partnering with Copia to redistribute all of our surplus food to nonprofits in the Phoenix community. Today in America, 40% of the food we produce goes wasted, while 1 in 6 people are food insecure. What this means: hunger in our country is not a scarcity problem, it's a logistics problem. Copia is the first technology-enabled food recovery solution. They've built industry-leading logistics to solve hunger and food waste at scale, and GreenBiz is proud to be part of the solution.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

At JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, they share a deep appreciation of our collective role in the vibrant health of our environment and their guests. Their chefs partner with local artisans, organic farmers and sustainable fisheries to deliver authentic cuisine for the sophisticated palate. This collaboration between JW chefs and their trusted partners is designed to provide unique food experiences that celebrate wellness and sustainability.


Our partnership with TerraCycle will allow us to divert more waste by repurposing non-recyclable and non-compostable material. TerraCycle is a highly-awarded and globally recognized recycling company that develops recycling solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste streams, repurposing the collected materials into affordable, innovative products. TerraCycle is widely considered the world's leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable and post-consumer waste.

GreenBiz Events App

GreenBiz Events App

By using the GreenBiz 17 conference app, you are helping to reduce paper use at the conference. Thank you!

Sustainable Materials

Sustainable Materials

We strive to use sustainable materials in all aspects of our conference production. Our partner Knotty Pine provides beautiful, durable, recycled and recyclable signage, designed to look great and stay out of the landfill. We create our banners and backdrops from fabric made of 100% recycled PET printed with no VOC water based inks. Signage boards are 100% recyclable and made from 30% PCW, and wooden boards are made from FSC certified baltic birch. Metal signs are 100% recyclable and made from 100% domestic metal.