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Reducing the environmental impact of the Awayday

We are mindful of the environmental impact of the Awayday and strive to keep it to a minimum. We have referred to the document Sustainability guidelines for event organisers, which can be found on the ELT Footprint website.

  • All of our communication is electronic and we do not print any marketing materials.

  • Ticketing is electronic and therefore no printing or postage is necessary.

  • We discourage the use of hard-copy hand outs and instead circulate electronic documentation after the event. 


  • Pens and paper pads are not automatically issued to all delegates; a smaller quantity is available on a 'help-yourself' basis. 


  • We choose our conference badges carefully in terms of materials and potential to re-use. Delegates are asked to return their badges at the end of the day to enable re-use where possible. ​​

  • We don't have a 'goody bag', but instead aim to keep the ticket price reasonable and enable as many networking and 'value-added encounters' as possible. We also offer discounts on useful services and products each year.

  • All food and drink offered during the conference is served using re-usable crockery and cutlery.

  • The venue is easily accessible by public transport (approximately 1 mile from Oxford train station; on a main bus route).


  • We enable and encourage lift-sharing to and from the conference by offering to put people who live near each other in contact with each other during the ticketing process.

  • In previous years some speakers have presented remotely, thereby avoiding the need to travel to Oxford. 

  • We have looked into the possibility of a hybrid conference format, but at this time it is not possible given the size of conference without incurring a significant and prohibitive increase to the ticket price as a result of the cost of streaming and/or recording facilities.

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The 2020 trial 'Bring and swap' table. Several items (including a bar of chocolate!) had already been claimed by this point.

Would you like to find out more about how we can have an impact on climate change in ELT teaching and publishing?


Click on the image below to visit the ELT Footprint blog, where you can read about what initiatives are being taken and can access a growing, crowd-sourced glossary of key environmental terms for use in ELT teaching and publishing.

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