Contact: Peter Patterson
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Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Friday, May 27, 2011
AACC Annual Meeting Goes Green

Washington, DC – May 27, 2011       As announced at its 2010 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Anaheim, CA, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has launched a major green initiative for its Annual Meeting. To reduce the event’s environmental impact, AACC is using 30% recycled paper for the registration brochure, program and exhibit guides, and other meeting materials, arranging for the convention center to recycle exhibitors’ discarded packing materials, manufacturing AACC bookstore bags from Kraft recycled paper, and using china instead of disposable plates in the AACC staff room. Plastic badge holders will be recycled, and AACC staff will use more shipping trunks than cardboard boxes to ship supplies. Exhibitors have been asked to recycle when setting up and dismantling their booths.  AACC is also introducing a replacement for the conference bag issued to everyone when collecting their name badge. In keeping with the Annual Meeting’s green initiative, AACC will provide a new reusable bag manufactured from recycled materials and bearing the tag This Bag is Part of the AACC’s Green Initiative.” Another major change is discontinuing the Clinical Laboratory News dailies for each day of the Annual Meeting. This year, there will be one Expo issue which will combine sneak previews of programs and special events for each day of the Annual Meeting with new product reviews, advertisements, etc. The expo issue will be distributed to conference registrants as part of their registration packets, with a limited number distributed each day of the Annual Meeting.

The venue for the Annual Meeting, the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, is itself working to reduce its environmental impact. It is registered with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to work towards USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance: a program developed as a practical rating tool for green building design and construction.

AACC Executive Vice President Rich Flaherty commented, “AACC is determined to make the Annual Meetings as ‘green’ as we can given the complexities of running a meeting this large. We are committed to moving this initiative forward at future Annual Meetings and will continue to look for ways to reduce our environmental footprint.”

For more information about this green initiative, the Annual Meeting, or AACC, contact Peter Patterson on either of the above phone numbers or by email. AACC is pleased to offer complimentary press registrations to journalists reporting on health issues. To register, complete and submit a Press Registration Form. The Annual Meeting program is available here. Registered journalists will have unrestricted access to the Clinical Lab Expo, plenary sessions, symposia and poster sessions. Access to other events, except for ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions which are closed to the media, will depend on space availability.

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