SHFM is committed to creating a conference that promotes sustainable practices in our industry and empowers individuals to make a positive impact. Create a more sustainable future for the industry and yourself.

Help us produce a more sustainable conference by supporting practices related to:

  • Printed Material – Utilize the app as much as possible to minimize printed material and source recyclable printed substrates.
  • Badge Holders – We are using Eco-Friendly badges holders and we encourage you to recycle your name badges at the end of conference. Better yet, keep yours to reuse in 2025!
  • Single Use Plastics – SHFM will be reducing plastic in as many ways possible – minimizing single use beverage containers, straws, cups, etc. Bring your own refillable, individual water container to use – and be sure to pick up your sponsor provided container at the SHFM registration desk.
  • Ride Sharing – Communicate with each other to share rides from the airport to the conference hotel and back.

In Addition:

  • Innovation Showcase – Leftover products are donated to a local charity. SHFM encourages limitation of plastics and swag that is unnecessary.
  • Local Sources – We will strive to use local sources whenever possible while also considering the quality, availability, and cost to make the most informed decisions.
  • And more!
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Did you know?

Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore for several years and wrote some of his most famous works while residing in the city. His former home, known as the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, is open to the public.


SHFM’s hotel partner, Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, is committed to reducing their environmental impacts, practicing responsible hospitality management and integrating sustainability throughout the property.

Below is a list of what they’ve achieved so far:

  • Guestrooms – In 2019, as part of renovations, low-flow toilets with a flush rate of 1.25 gallons per flush (gpf) were installed. All guestroom lighting exclusively utilizes 100% LED technology. Set-back thermostats have been installed in all guestrooms to enhance energy efficiency. Corridor lighting has been converted to LED to reduce energy consumption.
  • Public Space –
    • Each air handler unit is equipped with an energy-efficient variable frequency drive (VFD) and high-filtration MERV13 filters to enhance performance and indoor air quality.
    • Restrooms feature low-flow aerators, operating at 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm), and toilets are fitted with automatic flush mechanisms with a flush rate of 1.15 gallons per flush (gpf), promoting water conservation.
    • LED lighting fixtures illuminate back-of-house (BOH) areas, contributing to energy savings and creating a well-lit working environment.
    • The HVAC system is seamlessly managed by a sophisticated building automation system, ensuring precise control over heating, ventilation, and air conditioning throughout the facility.
    • Recycle bins have been strategically positioned in pre-function areas to encourage guests and staff to responsibly dispose of recyclable materials, fostering sustainability practices within the establishment.
  • Recycling – From 2019 to 2021, the hotel has recycled 142,840 pounds of cardboard and paper. This was kept from going to the landfills.
  • The hotel has conserved energy to the point that they lowered their energy intensity by -36.1% since January 2019 to December 2021.
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Shfm Sustainability

This logo will be seen throughout conference to bring visibility to SHFM sustainability initiatives.

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