Interactive Event Calendar
2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium
April 14-15, 2010
InterContinental Hotel Chicago | Chicago, IL
IDFA's Dairy Sustainability Symposium is your ticket to greener pastures and greener profits. Carbon footprints, energy solutions and transportation innovations will be among the hot topics discussed during the Symposium's eighteen sessions. Sustainability is the business model for every successful business. How green are you?
The symposium will offset the carbon footprint of the event by supporting an innovative dairy farm methane project of Carbonfund.org. Located in California, this biodigester collects waste from 10 local dairy farms in the Chino Basin, captures the associated methane emissions and transforms it to clean, renewable energy. View the Carbon Offset Certificate here.
Learn more about other industry success stories in this article by IDFA Vice President Clay Detlefsen, "IDFA promotes energy-saving solutions that mean business," which appeared in Dairy Foods magazine following last year's inaugural workshop.
You won't want to miss the updates, new successes and best practices that will be offered this year. Just look at the highlights listed below.
Wednesday, April 14
Registration and Continental Breakfast
|8:00 - 8:10 a.m.||
Welcome and Introduction
|8:10 - 8:40 a.m.||
The Milk Carbon Footprint and Beyond
|8:40 - 9:20 a.m.||
DMI Sustainability Summit Update
|9:20 - 9:40 a.m.||
|9:40 - 10:10 a.m.||
Say Cheese! The New Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Cheese
|10:10 - 10:50 a.m.||
Anticipating the Water Footprint
|10:50 - 11:30 a.m.||Applying UV to Dairy Sustainability: When will it work and save you money?
Learn how this green technology can save you time, money, water and make your operations more sustainable. This session will explain the basics of UV technology, how it can be controlled and measured, and when and how to apply it. Learn five steps to improving your carbon footprint with UV in various applications throughout the dairy plant. Learn how to decide which UV application will work for you, which will save water, which will enhance safety and which will save energy--and which won't really work past the first week. Discover how to integrate UV into your process and know that it is working properly over the full Life Cycle.
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||
|12:30 - 1:15 p.m.||
Congratulations, You're A Sustainability Expert! - Part II
|1:15 - 2:00 p.m.||
Paradigm Shift: Reduced Temp CIP and Dry Lube Conveyors
|2:00 - 2:30 p.m.||
Sustainable Dairy Processing, Present and Future: A Global Perspective
|2:30 - 2:45 p.m.||
|2:45 - 3:30 p.m.||
Energy Efficient Strategies & Technologies
|3:30 - 4:00 p.m.||
Sustainability and Carbon Footprint Methodology - The New Zealand Approach
This presentation focuses on Fonterra's sustainability programs and their ground-breaking work on carbon footprinting in New Zealand's dairy industry.
|4:00 - 4:30 p.m||
A Proven Example: Quantifying the Environmental Impact of Secondary Packaging
|4:30 - 5:00 p.m.||
Bringing Sustainability to Our Reality
Thursday, April 15
|8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.||
Transportation Innovations: Cold Plate Technology and SmartWaySM Transport
Cold Plate technology has been around for decades but recent improvements mean it is getting a serious second look from companies trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fleets. SmartWayTM Transport is an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. Hear how these technologies have improved and how they can help you.
|8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||
Recent Legal Developments in Dairy Sustainability
|9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.||
Who Cares About Sustainability, Anyway?
|10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||
|10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.||
Embracing ENERGY STAR
|11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||
Leading the Way with LEED Certification
The Dairy Sustainability Symposium will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago Illinois.
You may make reservations online directly with the InterContinental Hotel or call 312-944-4100 to reserve your room today. When calling, refer to IDFA's Sustainability Workshop to receive the special room rate of $175.
The deadline to secure a room is March 22, 2010. We have secured a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been reserved, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is noon.
505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Services and Amenities
- Concierge service
- 24-hour business center
- Fitness Center
- Dry cleaning/ laundry service
- Valet parking
- Room service
- Safety deposit box
- Gift shop
- Currency Exchange
Directly overlooking North Michigan Avenue, Zest features internationally inspired American cuisine and a modern, minimalist decor.
Open 7 Days
Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
The 1920's club-style bar, provides the perfect place to relax with friends or alone, and features award-winning martinis, cocktails, fine wines, and a light menu.
InterContinental Chicago's Master Sommelier will offer flights of wine, chocolate and cheese from around the world. Available for on-site enjoyment.
- Local Recreation
- Magnificent Mile
- Navy Pier
- U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox Home)
- Soldier's Field
- Wrigley Field (Cubs Home)
- United Center
Getting to Chicago
Getting There by Air
Chicago is served by O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport. We are pleased to announce discounts with American, Continental, Delta/Northwest, JetBlue and United Airlines as our partners for the Sustainability Workshop. The following discounts are available:
American Airlines offers a 5 percent discount off published fares. The discount applies to all applicable fares that are available for your date and time of travel. To make a reservation, visit www.aa.com and use the authorization number 3840AD as the aa.com promotion code or please call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 800-433-1790
Continental Airlines offers discounts off published fares of 2 to 15 percent or Zone Fares. Book your reservations online at www.continental.com for maximum savings and receive an additional 3 percent discount off the published fares. Click on www.continental.com and choose your flight times and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZG1KAW5HQS in the Offer Code box.
Or you may call your travel professional or Continental MeetingWorks at 800-468-7022 Refer to Z Code ZG1K and Agreement Code: AW5HQS
Delta and Northwest Airlines are pleased to offer discounted airfares. Use WorldFile/Ticket Designator NY295 to purchase your tickets online and discounts from 2 - 7 percent will be applied. Individuals should go to www.nwa.com, and travel agents should go to www.worldagentdirect.com. Northwest will provide reservations and ticketing assistance at 1-800-328-1111.
JetBlue Airways offers a 5 percent discount on the lowest available fare by simply booking online! To make a reservation, visit www.jetblue.com/promo and use SUSTAINABILITY as the promotion code.
If you have any questions just contact our dedicated Meetings Desk at 1-888-JETBLUE (538-2583), option 4 or email@example.com
United Airlines offers 5 to 10 percent off published fares. To make a reservation please visit www.united.com and use the meeting ID 586MT as the united.com promotional code.
Or call the Meetings Plus reservation service at 800-521-4041
Getting to the Intercontinental Hotel
From Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago's Northwest Suburbs, or O'Hare Airport
Follow 90 East into downtown Chicago. Take the Ohio Street exit, and follow Ohio Street 1 1/4 miles to Michigan Avenue. Turn right on Michigan, and proceed one block. Turn left at the next corner-Illinois Street. Proceed east on Illinois one block to the traffic circle. Follow the circle around to Michigan Avenue, and take a right. The doorman and valet parkers will be on Michigan Avenue to assist you.
From Midway Airport
Follow 55 North all the way to its end and you will arrive at lakeshore Drive North. Once on Lakeshore Drive exit onto Monroe Street. Continue on Monroe Street for 2 blocks. Then turn right onto Michigan Avenue. The hotel is located a block past the river on the right site. The doorman and valet parkers will be on Michigan Avenue to assist you.
From Chicago's Western Suburbs or Highway 290 East, The Eisenhower
Follow 290 East into downtown Chicago, at which point 290 becomes Congress Parkway. Follow Congress approximately 1 1/2 miles to Michigan Avenue. Turn left on Michigan Avenue, and proceed one mile to the bridge over the Chicago River. After crossing the bridge, the hotel is the third building on the right-hand side. The doorman and valet parkers will be on Michigan Avenue to assist you.
From Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, or Highway 57
Guests arriving from Ohio and Michigan on 80 / 94, Indiana on 90 East, or Southern Illinois on Highway 57 should follow all signs to 90 / 94 West. Once on 90 / 94 West, proceed into the downtown area and the Monroe Street East exit. Go 1 1/2 miles to Michigan Avenue. Turn left onto Michigan, and precede half a mile to the bridge of the Chicago River. Cross the bridge, and precede three buildings down on the right-hand side. Valet parkers and doormen will be on Michigan Avenue to assist with luggage and parking.
From Stevenson Expressway, Midway, Chicago's Southwest Suburbs, or Lake Shore Drive North
Travel east on I-55 and merge with Lake Shore Drive North. Take the third exit-Monroe Street-and follow it two blocks to Michigan Avenue. Turn right on Michigan, then proceed half a mile, and cross the bridge of the Chicago River. The hotel will be the third building after the bridge on the right-hand side. Pull up in front of the hotel on Michigan Avenue, where doormen and valet parkers are located.
From Chicago's North Shore and Lake Shore Drive South
From Lake Shore Drive, exit at Grand Avenue. Follow Grand three blocks to Columbus Drive. Turn left on Columbus, and proceed two blocks to the NBC Tower. Take a right turn into the NBC driveway, and follow it all the way to Michigan Avenue. Turn right on Michigan. Doormen and valet parkers will be on Michigan to assist you.
1. Conserve energy at home while you are away. Turn water heater to "vacation" or
lowest setting. Turn off AC/heat, or adjust the thermostat to protect plants, etc.
Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged, as they
can "leak" as much as 40 watts per hour even when turned off.
2. Purchase electronic-tickets for airline travel whenever possible. Less waste. If
paper tickets are lost, they can cost $75 - $100 to replace.
3. Enjoy walking tours. Walk where sensible.
4. Use public transportation when available. Use the bus or local transit system.
Share taxis. Less pollution, and you can leave the driving to others.
5. Conserve water during your hotel stay. Participate in the hotel linen program,
and let the hotel know that it isn't necessary to change your sheets and towels every
day. Reduce the amount of water used for brushing teeth, bathing or showering.
The average person uses seven gallons of water to brush their teeth when water is
kept running; try rinsing with water from a glass instead.
6. Conserve energy during your hotel stay. Turn off the AC/heat, lights, TV and
radio when you leave the room. Close the drapes.
7. Participate in hotel recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate
8. Patronize hotels, airlines, and tour operators who support "greening"
programs. Let management know of any suggestions you might have for
improving their environmental efforts.
9. Take only necessary brochures or maps. Return others to the stand.
10. Reduce the amount of garbage you produce during travel. Use a digital
camera instead of using film (unwanted photos and the process of developing film
can produce a lot of waste). Bring along your own bag when shopping in local
markets, or have clerks place everything in one large plastic bag instead of
numerous small ones.
1. When will the 2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium be held?
IDFA's Dairy Sustainability Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 15, 2010.
2. Why should I attend the Dairy Sustainability Symposium?
The 2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium sessions are designed to bring you up to date on the most current issues and solutions the industry has to offer. Attendees will hear highlights of successful efforts and review initiatives currently underway in other food industries.
3. Who attends the Dairy Sustainability Symposium?
Whether you're a newly appointed sustainability "expert" or a concerned steward looking for new ways to reduce your company's carbon footprint and increase your cost-savings, this is the place to be.
4. Will there be exhibits?
Yes, there are table-top exhibits. Table top exhibits cost $500. This price does not include the cost of registration. If you would like to exhibit at the Dairy Sustainability Symposium please complete the exhibit reservation form.
5. Which hotel has been reserved? What is the rate?
The Dairy Sustainability Symposium will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. IDFA has a special room rate of $175 per night.
6. Can I make my hotel reservations now?
Yes, you can make your reservation directly on the hotel website or call the hotel at 312-944-4100 to reserve your room today. When calling, refer to IDFA's Dairy Sustainability Symposium to receive the special room rate.
7. What is the schedule for the Dairy Sustainability Symposium?
The agenda with program and activities schedule is available online. Please note that the program schedule is subject to change.
8. How can I become a speaker at the Dairy Sustainability Symposium?
The Dairy Sustainability Symposium offers attendees access to divergent opinions, new technology and the latest research. If you would like to suggest a topic for the Symposium, please email Kellie Bland, IDFA meetings assistant and registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. How do I register for the Dairy Sustainability Symposium?
The fastest and easiest way to register is online.
You may also email your registration to email@example.com, fax it to 202-331-7820 or mail it to: IDFA Registrar, 1250 H St, NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005.
10. What is the registration fee?
The Dairy Sustainability Symposium registration fee is based on membership. If you are a member the price is $795, and if you are not a member the price is $995. If you have any questions about membership please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. What does my registration fee include?
Your registration fee includes two continental breakfasts, lunch both days, and coffee breaks. You will also receive conference materials with printed PowerPoint presentations from each of the sessions.
12. Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
Yes, you will receive a confirmation for your registration via email or fax. It will contain detailed information about this year's Dairy Sustainability Symposium.
13. What is the registration cancellation/refund policy?
Full refunds will be granted for written cancellations received up to three weeks before the meeting. Cancellations received one to three weeks before the meeting will be eligible for a 50 percent refund. No registration refunds will be granted after April 7, 2010. All cancellations must be received in writing. Substitutions may be made without penalty.
14. I am a member of the news media, do you have press registration?
Please contact Jessica Lee, IDFA coordinator of meetings and educational services, at 202-220-3532 or email@example.com for special consideration.
15. Are there any airfare discounts?
Yes IDFA has partnered with five different airlines to offer discounts to attendees. We are pleased to announce discounts with American, Continental, Delta/Northwest, JetBlue and United Airlines. Visit the hotel and travel section for more information.
16. What is the dress code?
Business casual attire is highly recommended.
17. My question is not here! Who should I contact?
If you have any further questions about The 2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium, please contact Kellie Bland, Meetings Assistant & Registrar at 202-220-3557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for this event is closed.