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We are committed to working with all of our clients and suppliers to ensure that 100% of our events are sustainable.
A sustainable event is one that aims to reduce its impact on the environment and create positive economic and social impacts.
- Environment: mobility of participants and employees, energy and water consumption, catering choices, waste reduction
- Social: positive impact on the EPFL community, STCC employees and society in general
- Economic: procurement of materials and services from local and responsible suppliers
Concrete actions since 2020:
- We calculate our C02 emissions annually
- Signed the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative
- Joined the Swiss Triple Impact program
- Ask all our clients to fill in our sustainability form
- Take an interest in the sustainability approach of our suppliers
Discover important facts about our building and operations around mobility, energy, waste and catering.
- The STCC is located right across from the EPFL metro station and we have two charging stations for electric vehicles
- On site, participants will find well-designed pedestrian and bicycle access
- Our center is well equipped and therefore most of our events do not require additional external equipment.
- We favor local suppliers to minimize event emissions
- All of our spaces are accessible to people with limited mobility and we have hearing aid loops in auditoriums A, B and C.
- STCC employees are encouraged to use public transportation and benefit from the SBB half-price pass.
- The STCC uses mainly natural light
- The center has no air conditioning system, it has a ventilation system that operates independently on different areas of the building to reduce energy when spaces are empty
- The STCC uses lake water for heating and cooling cooling without harming the environment
- 100% of our energy comes from EPFL, and EPFL is funding the development of renewable energy on the campus solar park, one of the largest urban solar parks in Switzerland
- “Graetzel” photovoltaic cell panels designed to produce electricity and also to protect against the sun have been installed on the west façade
- The STCC includes four geothermal pillars that allow heat exchange with the ground
- Sanitary hot water is 100% renewable. It is produced by solar panels installed on the roofs of the neighboring student housing and by the recovery of waste heat from the refrigerators
- We have water saving systems in all sinks
- Water fountains connected to the public water system are available
- We aim for “zero waste” and “zero plastic” activities
- Internally, we use recycled paper products and refillable soap dispensers
- We use reusable microfiber cloths that are washed on site
- We work with our catering partner to ensure sustainable practices such as offering vegetarian dishes, local, organic and seasonal ingredients, local and seasonal beverages, water jugs, etc.