Here are some ways we can be more ‘green’ together:

  1. Consider coming by train. Kraków is well-connected with many European cities, for instance Berlin, Budapest, or Vienna. Consider coming by train and enjoy the beautiful European landscapes! Polish cities and airports are also well-connected, so if you plan to travel within Poland, we recommend taking the train.

  2. Use public transit. The conference venue is located in the city center and is well connected with other parts of the city. To look for the best routes and timetables of buses and trams, please visit https://jakdojade.pl or download the application ‘Jakdojade’ on your phones (google maps may not the the most reliable for checking public transit in Krakow). 

  3. Rent a bike. Krakow might not have as many cyclists as The Netherlands but biking is becoming more and more popular! There are several bike rental places downtown, for example this one: http://krkbikerental.pl/en/  

  4. Limit meat consumption. The myth that Poland is only for meat-eaters can be neatly folded and thrown out of the window. In fact, Warsaw is considered to be one of the best vegan-friendly cities in Europe. Krakow is not far behind; take a look at the many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Krakow from the list provided. To make it easier we will serve vegetarian and vegan food during lunches and coffee breaks. 

  5. Avoid food waste. Recent analyses show that EU wastes more food than it imports. Let’s try reduce this scary number by being reflective when it comes to your food choices. 

  6. Drink tap water. Tap water in Krakow is perfectly safe to drink and very tasty! Use a reusable bottle to avoid plastic waste. Although cafes and restaurants in Krakow offer bottled water you can always ask staff for tap water. They should be okay with that! 

  7. Use reusable cup. The vast majority of cafes, bars and restaurants allows you to get a drink in your own cup. Some of them are located close to the conference venue. 

  8. Use cloth bags. For those who are staying in the apartments and would like to do grocery shopping or those who like to just do some good ol’ fashioned shopping, please bring a cloth bag or any other form of a reusable bag. If you don’t have one, add ‘cloth bag’ to your list for shopping as the first item.

  9. Use online conference programme. Avoiding printing the conference programs will be easy: the entire program of the conference will be available in the mobile application. We would encourage you to limit the use of paper by not printing the program.

  10. Sort waste. If avoiding waste is not possible, please sort it into one of five categories. At the venue you will find special bins with symbols showing how to sort the rubbish. It might be in Polish, therefore we will provide you with translation for the text/symbols so that sorting becomes easy.  

  11. Support local and international sustainability action. As there is a limit in how much we as individuals can do, we encourage you to support some of the Polish environmental organizations, for example https://polskialarmsmogowy.pl/wesprzyj-nas. 

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