The Union for Reform Judaism has a long history of pursuing environmental justice. The 2019 Biennial is committed to minimizing waste and continuing to focus on sustainability. Here are just a few ways we are greening this Biennial:
While most fruits and vegetables will be out of season during Biennial, we have requested that catering be sourced within 100 miles of the Convention Center whenever possible. This extends to proteins, dairy, and in-season vegetables. Locally sourced foods will be highlighted on buffets. We hope you enjoy them!
Whenever possible, we utilize reusable plates, cups, and cutlery. In some cases, the cost and logistics associated with meals make disposables necessary. In those cases, we are proud to offer compostable containers and cutlery.
McCormick Place sorts food waste from compostable plastics and sends each to an appropriate composting facility after our meal functions. You can see this program in action at the “Green Angels” station in the Convention Center food court. A similar process happens behind the scenes after each catered function.