SupplySide Sustainability Program | Environmental Impact

Here's what we're doing at the show this year.


  • SupplySide West is powered by 100% renewable electricity making the electricity use carbon neutral.
  • We use an established global process to pay a premium to renewable electricity producers. These Energy Attribution Certificates (EACs) allow us to match our electricity usage with the required amount of green energy. This creates additional incentives for generators to invest in renewable power. We are still trying to use less electricity overall for our events, but this process ensures it’s as sustainable as possible
  • The energy efficiency at SupplySide West has been increased through initiatives such as shutting off hall lighting and booth power overnight and using technology so that escalators power down when not in use. 
  • Mandalay Bay provides energy efficient lighting within the expo halls


  • SupplySide West attendees can stay healthy and hydrated by using their re-usable water bottles at sustainable water stations throughout the expo hall. By taking part, you are helping to reduce the carbon and waste generated by single-use water bottles. It’s estimated that 8-9 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year –the equivalent of one garbage truck of material every minute. Thank you for choosing to re-use and keeping our oceans plastic-free. [NOAA] These water stations are provided by our Official Water Sustainability Sponsor: Aker BioMarine.


  • Aisle Carpet has been removed from the expo halls, saving 275,373 sq. ft of carpet, padding, and visqueen.
  • Designated cardboard drop-off areas are placed throughout the show floor to increase recycling efforts
  • The use of polybags has been eliminated from expo previews, resulting in 32,000 plastic bags no longer being used as covers.
  • Mandalay Bay sorts all trash prior to pickup to maximize waste diverted from landfill. 
  • Falcon Board (cardboard based material) is used for printed show signs
  • Digital Kiosks are used and help reduce printed advertising
  • SupplySide collaborates with general service contractor to re-use structures and signage for future events 
  • Recycle & Landfill bins are placed throughout the SupplySide event


  • Expo Previews, Show Directories and other materials are printed on recycled paper 
  • The printed Show Directory has been redesigned to maximize efficiency of paper usage, and there is increased promotion towards downloading a digital version and utilizing the event’s mobile app.
  • Exhibitors and sponsors are encouraged to share information digitally rather than through printed materials.
  • Lanyards are made from PET recycled materials (plastic bottles and other plastic packaging)
  • Mandalay Bay has discontinued the 7oz plastic cups & only uses plain, compostable white cups for all water stations. Additionally, they use all Leafware products which are 100% compostable. A variety of vegan and vegetarian options are offered during food and beverage functions.


  • Last year, we provided attendees with the option to purchase carbon offsets to compensate for the emissions produced by their flight while registering for SupplySide West and Food ingredients North America.
    • Carbon offsets are designed to counterbalance any unavoidable carbon footprint by funding an equivalent carbon saving elsewhere in the world. Through paying a carbon offset fee, attendees help others reduce, remove or avoid emissions being generated.
    • The projects supported include Amazonian Rainforest Conversation in Brazil, Household Biodigester Distribution in China, Domestic Energy Systems in India, Teak Afforestation in Mexico, American Grasslands Conservation in USA and Reserve Preservation in Borneo. To learn more about these carbon offset projects please click here.
    • These projects bring a whole host of other positive benefits, such as empowering communities and increasing their wellbeing, protecting ecosystems, creating jobs and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
    • The price for the carbon offset is determined by the quantity of CO2 emissions that an airplane gives off per passenger for a given flight distance.
  • We partnered with Climate Impact Partners to ensure support of certified and audited carbon offset projects around the world. All the projects supported are independently verified to assure emission reductions are occurring.
  • Be on the look out for something bigger and better we are introducing for our show this year regarding our Carbon Offset efforts!