International Association of Wildland Fire

3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
Beyond Fire Behavior and Fuels:
Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future

October 25-29, 2010  ~  Red Lion Hotel at the Park

Spokane, Washington USA

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IAWF Green Initiatives


Each year, nearly 80 million people around the world attend a meeting, conference, or convention. Globally, the meetings industry generates about $US280 billion in annual profits. Despite the positive economic contribution, meetings extract a high environmental cost. They consume large quantities of water and energy and produce copious amounts of waste water, garbage, and emissions.

Commitment Statement

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its conferences and meeting through:

  • Reducing the amount of solid waste produced by the event;
  • Reducing energy and water consumption at the event;
  • Minimizing or off-setting harmful emissions resulting from vehicular transportation and energy consumption associated with the event;
  • Disposing of solid and liquid waste in an environmentally responsible manner;
  • Selecting facilities who have developed a sustainability policy;
  • Buying environmentally aware products; and
  • Educating participants and exhibitors.

We invite our conference participants and vendors to join us in this goal of incorporating environmentally responsible procedures and practices and in the use of environmentally responsible products while participating in this conference. Working together, we can make this a successful 'Green' event.  Please remind yourself and help others to remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

Working Together to Reduce Our Footprint on the Environment at the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

Spokane, WA, October 25-29, 2010,

Meeting and Venue

  • Conference facility was selected because there are several eating establishments and activities within walking distance.
  • To reduce plastic waste, individual bottled water will not be served at the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference - attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle for refilling at the water stations located throughout the conference facility.
  • Plastic nametag holders will be collected for recycling.
  • A permanent recycling program is in place for paper, plastic, and cardboard.


  • We encourage carpooling and walking whenever possible.
  • A complimentary shuttle will be provided by the conference hotel; we encourage conference participants to take advantage of this service instead of renting a vehicle.

Food & Beverage

  • China service will be used instead of Styrofoam cups.
  • Cloth napkins and cloth tablecloths will be utilized whenever possible.
  • Recycled beverage cups will be provided.
  • Water containers and pitchers will be available rather than individual bottles of water.

Communications & Marketing

  • Conference announcement will be distributed electronically when possible.
  • All printed material will be printed/copied on post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Online registration will be encouraged over the use of paper registration.
  • All correspondence with conference participants will be done electronically when possible.
  • All speaker management and communication will be conducted electronically.
  • The conference proceedings will be distributed on a CD-ROM.
  • Attendees will be encouraged to practice being green while they are at the Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference.


The Red Lion Hotel at the Park has developed these Environmentally Friendly Enhancements:

  • Purchased and deployed an Ionizer for Laundry, which requires less hot water and less detergents/chemicals, achieving a cleaner product with longer life.
  • Installed GEM Units (Guestroom Energy Management) in each guestroom which allows for management of the temperature in each guestroom when the guests are not in the room and is set to pre-determined temperature settings. Additionally, if outside windows or patio doors are left open, the HVAC system will not engage until windows/patio doors are closed.
  • Added compact fluorescent lamps to all guestrooms and many public areas. These are extremely energy efficient, as they replaced 75 watt bulbs with 13 watt bulbs.
  • All glass, cardboard, office paper, newspapers, and kitchen grease is recycled.
  • Developed an energy management team headed by the Maintenance Chief, which patrols the property, ensuring public rooms are at a correct temperature, public meeting room lights are turned off with drapes closed, office computers/lights turned off after hours or when offices are not occupied, etc. All kitchen appliances, stoves, and gas burners are also shut off when not in use, and efficient usage of water, in that it is not used to thaw product in the kitchen, for example, is ensured.
  • Outdoor sprinkler system timers are checked weekly to ensure that an adequate and appropriate amount of water is used for the grounds.
  • Outside lighting timers are checked weekly for proper settings as the seasons change.
  • Outside doors are checked monthly to ensure insulation integrity is maintained.
  • Implemented Comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Program for all heating and air conditioning units property-wide, which are maintained to peak efficiency, emphasizing changing all filters at least quarterly.


3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference  ~  October 25-29, 2010  ~  Red Lion Hotel at the Park  ~  Spokane, Washington USA