GBTA Sustainability Summit: Building a Greener Future for Business Travel
GBTA will be hosting its second global Sustainability Summit on building a greener future for business travel on June 13 in Washington, DC. This one-day, high-level event, will bring together experts, industry and policy leaders to outline concrete solutions to manage the environmental impact of business travel.
It will address key topics that require radical industry collaboration, such as the development of clean travel solutions, sharing of information and data, and empowerment of business travelers to select greener travel options.
This must-attend, interactive event will foster connections and exchange by providing a forum for frank discussions about challenges and opportunities to drive climate action in the business travel sector. The Sustainability Summit will also inform discussions at the GBTA Legislative Summit in the two days to follow, where attendees will advocate for policies that help finance and accelerate the green transition.
Who should attend?
- Corporate travel buyers working to integrate sustainability into their program
- Suppliers providing sustainable solutions for corporate travel programs
- Policymakers laying the groundwork for a sustainable travel ecosystem
- Civil society advocating for the next generation of sustainability solutions
Taking place at:
This event builds upon GBTA’s inaugural Sustainability Summit, held in Brussels in November 2022. See event speakers, photos, and key takeaways here.
Elizabeth (Beth) Caligiuri Sullivan
SVP, Business Operations Executive,
Bank of America
Vice President, GBTA;
Head of Global Travel Management, UBS
Interim Executive Director
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
Vice President, Product
Board Chair, UN Global Compact USA; Trustee, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance; SVP, Sustainability, Bayer
General Counsel/SVP Policy & Market Innovation
Senior Manager, Sustainability, GBTA
Jean Garris Hand
Vice President Global ESG, Hilton
Co-Founder & Senior Director, Direct Air Capture Coalition
Chief Sustainability Officer, Bain & Company
Vice President Global Sustainability Solutions, Salesforce
President & CEO, US High Speed Rail Association
Head of Product & Partnerships
Convention Sales Coordinator
Nora Lovell Marchant
Vice President of Global Sustainability, AMEX GBTA
Alexander D Menotti
VP, Government Affairs, Policy, and Sustainability, LanzaJet
Principal Solutions Consultant, SAP Concur
SVP Sustainability and Advocacy, MD GBTA Foundation for GBTA
Managing Director, Environmental Affairs
Airlines for America (A4A)
Global Environment Operations Director, Accenture
Technical Advisor to the Chairman, John Doerr,
Carol “Annie” Petsonk
Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation
Chief Sustainability Officer and Managing Director, Global Environmental Affairs at United Airlines
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
SVP, Conservation Finance, Conservation International
Executive Director, Environment & Energy
Federal Aviation Administration
Editorial Director, The BTN Group
Nancy N. Young
Chief Sustainability Officer, Gevo
Save by bundling your registration with the GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit:
The Sustainability Summit will inform discussions at the GBTA Legislative Summit in the two days to follow, where attendees will advocate for policies that help finance and accelerate the green transition. Register to both events and save $100.
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|Registration Type: Sustainability Summit Only, June 13||Open Until April 14, 2023||April 14, 2023 through On-site|
Save on registration by signing up for both GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit (June 14-15) and Sustainability Summit (June 13).
|Bundle Registration: Sustainability and Legislative Summit, 13-15 June||Open Until April 14, 2023||April 14, 2023 through On-site|
• All cancellation requests must be made in writing to GBTA at [email protected]
• Cancellations are accepted until May 19, 2022.
• A full refund less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations.
• No refunds will be given after May 19, 2022.
• There are no refunds for “no shows.”
• Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.
• A GBTA attendee may transfer his/her registration to another eligible party if he/she is unable to attend.
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• The substitute is responsible for any and all financial arrangements between the original registrant and the substitute.
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Brand awareness opportunities
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Thank you to our event sponsors
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Sponsors and Company Descriptions
|Organization||What They Do|
|Amtrak||For more than 50 years, Amtrak has connected America and modernized train travel, while offering a safe, environmentally efficient way to reach more|
than 500 destinations across the US and Canada. The mission of our company-wide Sustainability Program is to increase awareness and integrate better
practices throughout our operations in transparent, measurable ways, for decades to come.
|BCD Travel||BCD Travel helps companies make the most of their business travel. We guide travelers to make smart decisions and keep them safe and productive. We|
advise travel managers how to improve their programs and build for a sustainable future. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more.
|Cirium||Cirium is the industry leader in aviation analytics; helping the aviation industry understand the past, present and predicting what will happen tomorrow in air travel. Cirium’s mission is to transform the industry by enabling airlines, airports, travel companies, tech giants, aircraft manufacturers, financial institutions and many, many more to accelerate their own digital transformation and help build a more efficient and sustainable future.|
|Cvent||Cvent believes in protecting the environment, running our business in a sustainable way, and minimizing our environmental impact for future generations. Cvent now measures greenhouse gas emissions using a third-party platform, is working to reduce, and offset its environmental impact, and is committed to joining the Science Based Targets initiative.|
|Hilton||Hilton recognizes its obligation to protect the planet and preserve destinations for generations to come. Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s Environmental,|
Social and Governance (ESG) strategy focused on paving the way toward a net-zero future and committed to creating an engine of opportunity in the
communities where we operate. Learn more at esg.hilton.com.
|South Pole||South Pole is the world’s leading climate solutions provider and carbon project developer, having developed nearly 1,000 projects in over 50 countries|
since its creation in 2006. South Pole turns climate action into long-term business opportunities, devising and implementing comprehensive strategies
and digital solutions for thousands of leading companies on their sustainability journeys to achieve net-zero emissions.
|TROOP||TROOP provides planners with instant access to data that details the total impact of an in-person meeting with metrics including total cost, total travel|
time and total carbon emissions.
TROOP enables faster, informed decisions and fosters a greener future in meeting planning, with clients saving up to 17% CO2 emissions on each
|Uber||Uber for Business brings the best of Uber to organizations around the globe with a seamless platform built to help them better support and engage those they employ and serve. With global scale, integrated solutions and exceptional service, Uber for Business empowers organizations to streamline business travel, reimagine employee wellbeing, and elevate the customer experience – all while enabling employees to effortlessly leverage the Uber they love and trust in their professional lives.|
|United for Business||As an industry that depends on fossil fuels, United recognizes our contribution to climate change and responsibility to solve it. We’re committed to|
reducing our carbon emissions by 100% by 2050 – without the use of traditional offsets. Through SAF and direct air capture technology, we’re leading the
industry toward real solutions.
Hotel and Venue
A room block has been secured at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center for the duration of the summit. Room accommodations can be secured through the reservation link or by calling the Reservations Department at 202-429-1700. Individuals must identify themselves as being with the group “GBTA Sustainability Summit “at the time the reservation is made to receive the special group rate.
The reservation cut off date is May 8th, 2023.
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St NW,
Washington, DC 20005
Ways to be greener while attending the Summit
Do you want to help make Sustainability Summit greener? Commit to the following green actions as part of your experience:
- Calculate and offset your travel emissions using the GBTA offsetting tool (in partnership with South Pole)
- Walk or take public transport to and from all GBTA programming
- Bring your own water bottle to all GBTA programming
- Separate your waste thoughtfully and use the correct bins
- Try an all-vegan or all-vegetarian meal during your trip to Washington, DC
Visit these local restaurants
Continue the greener food journey after Sustainability Summit while in DC! Below are a few fun, unique, and locally-owned restaurant options within 1 mile of the hotel that consider their impact and yours.
Infamy Bar & Restaurant (0 miles)
This trendy restaurant situated inside the Westin offers wholesome dishes featuring responsibly sourced and locally grown ingredients.
Founding Farmers DC (0.9 miles)
Everything matters at Founding Farmers, which means thoughtfully sourced ingredients turn into meals made fully from scratch. Recycling and composting programs divert 90% of food waste from landfills and LEED and Green Restaurant Association certifications mean the restaurant operations and building itself are sustainable.
Immigrant Food at the White House (0.7 miles)
Immigrant Food is D.C.’s first cause-casual restaurant. A celebration of cultural and gastronomic diversity, dishes are cooked up by Michelin-star Chef Enrique Limardo and inspired by the stories of the very people serving the food.
Seylou Bakery (0.6 miles)
Seylou is a wholegrain, locally sourced, fresh milled sourdough bakery located in Washington DC. They exclusively source their grains, produce, and meat from the mid-Atlantic region to support the regenerative grain economy of our area.
Little Sesame (0.7 miles)
Little Sesame is committed to building a healthier planet for the next generation by partnering with regenerative agriculture pioneers. Their flagship hummus is made with everyday plant-proteins, and they believe climate-friendly food is the best way to care for our planet.
Sweet Leaf Café (0.1 miles)
Sweat Leaf is a community café serving honest food, made from great-tasting, healthy, organic ingredients.
DC Vegan (0.5 miles)
DC Vegan believes in co-creating a better world with our clients. Our shared values around cruelty-free living, clean & delicious food and building a sustainable future are the foundation of everything we do.
Ways we are making our event greener
With the help of our suppliers, vendors, and partners, GBTA is on a journey to make Sustainability Summit 2023 as green as possible.
2023 Sustainability Summit (Washington D.C.) – Climate Action Partner
GBTA is on a journey to make Sustainability Summit 2023 as green as possible and believes in the importance of taking responsibility for our carbon emissions. GBTA has partnered with South Pole to provide attendees with a convenient and effective way to offset the carbon footprint of their travel to the Summit. Explore various options to calculate and offset your carbon emissions here.
Join us in reducing our impact on the environment by offsetting your carbon emissions today!
2022 Sustainability Summit (Brussels)
In 2022, GBTA calculated the carbon emissions of the European Conference + Sustainability Summit in Brussels and used this calculation to offset venue emissions and staff travel. GBTA purchased 75 tons of CO2e, mainly from the Bhadla Solar project in India, which installs a 70 MW solar power facility to harness the area’s famous sunshine. This project, chosen by Sustainability Summit participants, will export clean and renewable energy to the Indian national grid.
You can learn more about our efforts to green European Conference + Sustainability Summit in 2022 here.
Marriott has taken steps to introduce more sustainable practices within their hotels.
The initiatives so far are:
- Water conservation program – all rooms plumbing and kitchens.
- Energy management program – to reduce carbon footprint.
- Occupancy driven light controls.
- We completed an installation for motion sensors HVAC at guest rooms this month as well.
- Guest Room Recycling
For more information about Marriott’s sustainability efforts, click here
Thank you to our Foundation Sustainability Partners & Donors