“It was the passion of the volunteers.” I heard this testimonial from three Convention Services Managers of three different meeting venues. Each of the managers told me (on separate occasions during ESPA) they had made significant environmental changes in advance of the conference coming to their town, but until they saw how important these initiatives were to the participants and volunteers, it didn’t hit home.
Thanks to the volunteers working with the facilities to help recycling and other green efforts, these CSMs understand how vitally important sustainability is on a personal level. They also related that it is because of the passionate volunteers, these initiatives are still in place at the facilities long after the conference has moved on.
The conference they were all telling me about? The UUA General Assembly