The Communications Network is embracing the spirit of California by taking various steps to make ComNet15 a more sustainable and healthier event for conference attendees. With help from our sustainability sponsor, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and our health sponsors, The California Wellness Foundation and California HealthCare Foundation, we hope to continue such efforts in the future and that our steps will inspire others to do the same.
In the spirit of sustainability, The Communications Network will:
- Provide lanyards made of bamboo, an earth-friendly material, to attendees
- Provide attendees with reusable water bottles, cutting down on use of one-time use plastic water bottles
- Provide attendees with reusable bags for future use as grocery bags, etc.
- Partner with Terracycle to recycle ComNet15 badges and lanyards after the conference
- Donate unwanted ComNet15 bags to nonprofit Bags to Riches that provides bags to underprivileged schoolchildren around the world
- Recycle unwanted conference materials
- Partner with the The Loews Coronado Bay, who uses mostly locally grown and organic ingredients. Many of their herbs and spices come from their very own herb garden on site, and they procure much of their local produce from Suzie’s Farms, which is less than 10 miles from the hotel
- Donate uneaten food to local food pantries
- Consider buying a carbon credit to offset your travel footprint
Efforts to make ComNet15 healthier include:
- Eliminating soda from the conference and replacing it with healthier options such as fruit juices and flavored water
- Providing healthy snacks at coffee breaks, like fruit and granola bars
Earlier this month, Sesame Workshop unleashed a (Cookie) Monster when it announced a new broadcast partnership with HBO, a decision that was met with a wave of concern and support, not to mention some pretty funny mashups from people who grew up with the show.
For the record, I personally believe that Sesame Workshop is responding to changing technology and consumers’ media habits. Still, I found myself wondering: Why do so many people care deeply about the fate of a children’s program anchored by a big yellow bird and a grumpy green guy who lives in a trashcan?
Blame your parents.
The internet is awash in bots.
You probably run into at least a dozen every day. Think of the commenting bot that shouts YOU can make $$MONEY$$ from your VERY OWN HOME!!!. Or maybe the Twitter bot that retweets everything your organization posts. Just take a peek at the entirety of your email spam box. There are even bots that can write journalism and poetry, even if they haven’t entirely crossed the uncanny valley yet.