A Hint of Green
The company started with reducing water bottles, providing reusable ones alongside the expected plastic bottles. Within two years the bottled water was gone, and Symantec’s planners now routinely work with their hotel partners to supply filtered water along with sustainable cups.
Notes McKinley, “These small efforts are going to save you money or are cost-neutral, and they don’t cause any pain to attendees.” Following are her suggestions for basic elements every meeting can — and should — implement.
• Provide recycling bins for cans and bottles.
• Post meeting materials online.
• Turn off lights in empty meeting rooms.
• Don’t pre-plate or pre-pour F&B.
• Eliminate saucers for cups; use mugs instead.
• Collect and reuse name badges.
• Provide paper and pens in meeting rooms on request only.
• Change any one-time-use foamcore event signs to cardboard-based signs.
• Provide attendees with green travel tips before the event (see “Be Gentle, Travelers,”).
• Provide a carbon-offset choice in the registration process….
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