Last week I talked about how many more meeting venues and vendors are going green, making a meeting professionals job easier. Hooray! Perhaps I should back up my assertion with some resources for you to find those suppliers. I have put together a short list to get you started and will add to this list from time to time.
GMIC Green Supplier Directory http://gmic.officialbuyersguide.net/index.asp
This directory just keeps getting better and better with 16 different categories to choose from. Categories include Accommodations, AV, Communications, Exhibition, Food & Beverage, to Offset Providers all the way to Sustainability Consultants to help you make it happen. One-stop shopping.
Best Places to MeetGreen http://www.bestplacestomeetgreen.com/destinations
Choosing a sustainable destination will always make a green meeting planner’s job easier. This website has a list of cities complete with green scores (both verified and unverified) for your selection.
International Association of Conference Centres Green Star /education/index.cfm?fuseaction=environmental
This site is a valuable reference if you are looking for a sustainable conference centre for your meeting or event.
Green Restaurant Association http://dinegreen.com/customers/default.asp
This searchable site will help you determine the availability of environmentally friendly restaurants near your meeting location or for smaller events.
Promo with Purpose Today
Heidi Thorne just wrote the book, “Eco Friendly Promotional Product Guide” full of helpful advice and this site is full of information and resources.
Feeding America http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx
It has never been easier (or more important) to donate food to a local food bank. Just type in your zip code or select the state where your event will take place.
These are just the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended) of a growing resource base of environmentally friendly, hospitality industry suppliers. Seriously, reduce your workload and stress by aligning with a vendor that “walks the talk” of sustainable meetings. You will be glad you did!