OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY 


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is proudly commited to producing an ethically  produced event.

The 2021 Fort Lauderdale Internaitonal Boat show is a socially responsible, sustainably developed, and environmentally responsible event with more initiatives that any of our shows from previous years. We know sustainability is increasingly important to our attendees and exhibitors, as well as to the Floridian market as a whole.  Running our event gives us lots of opportunities to improve our impacts environmentally, socially and economically in Fort Lauderdale.  We want to make our event more responsible and play a role in helping our markets improve its own sustainability through connecting people with the networks and knowledge they want to help solve the big challenges in our sector.

 


Our Three Aims

Help our markets through inspiring sustainable development

We focus on:

  • Using our content to support the sustainability of the market the event serves
  • Inspiring our suppliers, exhibitors and other stakeholders to deliver a sustainable event
  • Developing market relevant partnerships

Run the event in an increasingly environmentally responsible manner

We focus on:

  • Reducing our event’s carbon emissions
  • Creating less waste
  • Considering sustainability credentials of the items sourced for the event

Run the event in a socially responsible manner

We focus on:

  • Doing business safely and ethically
  • Considering wellbeing and accessibility
  • Creating a positive impact on our host cities
  • Measuring our impacts

Some of our key 2021 initiatives:

 As part of our commitment to the environment, we have been working to manage our event’s carbon impact by investing over $2.8 million dollars to eliminate the use of diesel generators and reduce our electricity usage with energy saving technology which will result in an estimated 15-20% decrease.

The power that is used by the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is now generated by 100% renewable electricity from green sources such as solar and wind power. Additionally, the emissions produced by our vehicles and equipment is counter-balanced with the purchase of carbon offsets.

The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is committed to become carbon neutral by 2025 and will continue working on reducing our carbon footprint.

This includes:

  • Installation of Tune Harmonics devices on our electrical equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • Energy efficient LED lighting is utilized throughout the event
  • Renewable Energy: Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is powered by 100% renewable electricity making the electricity use carbon neutral. We use an established global process to pay a premium to renewable electricity producers. These Energy Attribution Certificates (EACs) allow us to match our electricity usage with the required amount of green energy. This creates additional incentives for generators to invest in renewable power. We are still trying to use less electricity overall for our events, but this process ensures it’s as sustainable as possible
  • Carbon Offsets: Emissions created from our non-electrical equipment and vehicles are counter-balanced through the purchase of carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are designed to compensate a carbon footprint by funding an equivalent carbon savings elsewhere in the world. We partnered with Natural Capital Partners to ensure support of certified and audited carbon offset projects around the world. All the projects supported are independently verified to assure emission reductions are occurring. The projects supported include Amazonian Rainforest Conversation in Brazil, Household Biodigester Distribution in China, Domestic Energy Systems in India, Teak Afforestation in Mexico, American Grasslands Conservation in USA and Reserve Preservation in Borneo. 
  • These projects bring a whole host of other positive benefits, such as empowering communities and increasing their wellbeing, protecting ecosystems, creating jobs and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. 

Proof of the Pudding is the exclusive catering company of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and understands our commitment to running a responsible, sustainable event.

    Catering involves various facets that can make sustainability a challenging goal to achieve; however, Proof of the pudding has been a committed partner in making this goal our reality. Their Culinary and Sales teams center on fresh farm to plate fruits and vegetables, sustainable seafood, and natural organic meats. They partner with purveyors to use locally-sourced, organic, and sustainable products. Their "No Styrofoam" Policy prohibits the use of styrofoam packaging or service ware, which they replaced with fully compostable alternatives, like sugarcane, bamboo, and palm tree. Aside from sourcing ingredients and the packaging/silverware, a significant source of waste comes from non-consumed food and ingredients. We are proud to announce that we have donated 3,125 pounds worth of food and ingredients (equivalent to $15,635) to the homeless shelters in partnership with Faith Farms. 


Marine wildlife conservation programs such as the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and MANGgear that work tirelessly to protect and serve the beautiful marine wildlife ecosystems that we all enjoy and love. 


WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Fort Lauderdale Boat Show collaborates with general service contractors to re-use structures and signage for future events 
  • Recycle & Landfill bins are placed throughout the event

PROCUREMENT

  • Our show collateral has been redesigned to maximize efficiency of paper usage, with an increased transition to digital resources. Materials that are printed are done so on FSC-certified or recycled paper.
  • We partner with our catering team at Proof of the Pudding to curate seasonal and sustainable menu options, source local ingredients and reduce and divert food waste from landfill. Learn more about their sustainability initiatives here. 

 Sustainability is a group effort, please join us in our efforts to give back to and protect the environment that makes this event possible. 


Attendee Sustainability Tips

While you are attending Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, there are several ways you can reduce your environmental impact:

  • Participate in your hotel’s Linen ReUse Program- Did you know that you can often earn Rewards points for participating? Ask your hotel about their specific awards incentives!
  • Turn off lights and thermostat when leaving your hotel room
  • Take shorter showers to save water and time
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup
  • Utilize recycling containers and avoid “wish cycling” by only placing plastics, paper and aluminum in
    these cans 
  • Make sure to download the show’s digital resources instead of using a paper show map onsite
  • Utilize the Water Taxi or Shuttle Service to help decrease traffic congestion and reduce carbon
  • Choose to eat vegetarian or vegan at least one meal per day