INTA is committed to giving back to each Annual Meeting host city as well as the global community.
Blood Donor Drive
INTA has partnered with the American Red Cross to host its first-ever blood drive. This event will be hosted on Monday, May 7 from 10:30 am–4:30 pm, in the back of the Exhibition Hall in a private area. INTA will provide beverages and snacks to those who participate.
Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group.
From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join the American Red Cross in its mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply.
Want to know if you're able to give blood? Review the donor eligibility guidelines. If you would like to participate in the Blood Donor Drive, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carbon Credit Donation
A few years ago, INTA implemented the Carbon Credit Donation initiative so that Annual Meeting attendees could make a donation during the online registration process. The money was later donated to a reputable ‘green’ organization.
This year, INTA has partnered with Carbonfund.org Foundation to help highlight the importance of offsetting your portion of the Annual Meeting’s carbon footprint. All of the proceeds will be donated to Carbonfund.org.
Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.
Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through:
- Climate change education
- Carbon offsets and reductions
- Public outreach
Volunteer Service Project – Assemble Caregiver Kits and Fight the AIDS Pandemic
Saturday, May 5
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This year, INTA is partnering with World Vision to equip and encourage caregivers of those living with AIDS in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Volunteers will assemble Caregiver Kits which will contain basic items such as antibacterial soap, latex gloves, cotton balls, and simple medications that improve and prolong the lives of those living with AIDS, while protecting caregivers and preventing the spread of infection. These kits will be sent to caregivers who are providing compassionate support to people living with AIDS.
Why are we doing this? AIDS is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. Caregiver Kits are a tangible expression of compassion for those suffering from AIDS and an encouragement to those caring selflessly for neighbors and loved ones.
Be a part of this meaningful event by registering for the Volunteer Service Project!
Fee: US$50 (includes lunch and beverages)
INTA has also implemented the following green initiatives:
Attendee Directory – The Annual Meeting Attendee Directory will no longer be printed. Attendees are encouraged to use the online Annual Meeting Portal to look up colleagues and make appointments. The Attendee Directory will only be available online at E-Access as well as at strategically placed computer kiosks in the convention center.
Post-Event Food Donations – INTA has partnered with The Walter E. Washington Convention Center and other event venues, to ensure that all leftover food is properly donated to local food distribution programs.
Sustainability in the Convention Center
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center has a comprehensive sustainability program. Their program is based on a grass roots approach merged with modern technology, and ongoing management. They have aligned their initiatives with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) – Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance rating system and are committed to maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing negative environmental impacts.