Taking Steps for a Greener Tomorrow

American Academy of Pediatrics is taking steps in a greener direction to benefit tomorrow’s children.
Join us as we work to reduce our carbon footprint and tread lightly on the earth we all share.


Here are a few ways we are making a difference at the National Conference & Exhibition….

Environmental Sustainability Efforts

  • Use signs onsite that are made of 100% post-consumer products and are biodegradable
  • Recycle exhibitor leftover materials
  • Donate products to the local community
  • Eliminate all onsite printed materials
  • Use freight, shipping and shuttle companies that offset their emission waste
  • Use biodegradable materials at food functions when possible
  • Use fuel-efficient shuttle buses and take measures to limit harmful emissions and waste
  • Provide exhibitors with a paperless service manual

Washington Convention Center Sustainability:

  • Color-coded recycling and waste minimization program
  • Partners with sustainable businesses such as Capital Area Food Bank and DC Central Kitchen
  • All paper products throughout the convention center are made from 100% recycled fiber
  • Installation of bird film on bridges has reduced the number of injured birds by 100%
  • Installed a solar film on large glass windows

washington, DC SUstainability:

  • Washington, DC became the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified city in the world in 2017
  • Washington, DC has the most LEED certified gross square feet per capita as of 2021, compared to other states
  • #2 most Energy Star Certified buildings
  • Over 5.7 million square feet of green roofs installed – one of the top cities for green roofs

Shuttle Sustainability:

  • Training for drivers to reduce idling and the use of A/C whenever feasible and practical to decrease fuel consumption
  • Utilizes bus companies that have newer model moto coaches with the most fuel and emission efficient systems
  • Tailpipe retrofit devices to reduce CO2 emissions


Social Sustainability Efforts

AAP Community Cares Project
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Westin Washington DC DOwntown, River Birch

Join us for our annual Community Cares project and make a difference in the lives of children growing up in Washington, DC’s most under-resourced communities. This year’s project will benefit Horton’s Kids, a nonprofit that provides resources to help children graduate from high school prepared for success in college, career, and life. Conference attendees and families will assemble kits that include cleaning supplies and toiletries to help relieve families’ financial burdens.

Visit the Friends of Children Fund Booth in the AAP Resource CEnter
Exhibit Hall – Booth #1541

Giving to the AAP Friends of Children fund is your opportunity to Give for Children.

The AAP Is dedicated to the health of all children and the pediatric professionals who care for them, but amazing AAP projects and programs cannot exist without your contributions.

Donations to the AAP support vital Academy efforts meeting the needs of children through programs that address mental health, vaccine confidence, equitable treatment for all, and much more. Your donation means making an important difference in the lives of children.


How can you help?

  • Turn off lights and television when leaving your hotel room
  • Reuse linens and towels
  • Use public transportation instead of rideshares and taxis
  • Walk whenever possible between meeting venues
  • Use refillable water bottles instead of purchasing bottles of water
  • Recycle in the appropriate bins provided
  • Limit food waste
  • Eat at local, sustainable restaurants when possible
  • Ask for a recycling bag to use in your hotel room