Giving back is key to your organization’s impact on the host city of your event. Organizations meeting in a destination can have either a positive or negative impact on the community. An increased focus on communities regarding health, food scarcity, and environmental factors, gives hosting organizations an opportunity to make a real difference—to DO GOOD.
Our clients believe in “leaving it better than when you found it” and are taking steps to positively impact the planet and its people. Here’s the latest list of cool ideas our clients have incorporated into sustainable events.
Offer a Charity Donation Instead of Giving Swag
At registration, participants were given tokens to “vote” for one of three charities by placing them in the bowls. By creating this opportunity your attendees are participating in the decision to give back to the community. Each of the charities received donations based on the tokens received. This initiative is in its second year and the participants are excited about supporting these charities. Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association
Purchase Water Restoration Certificates
These certificates balance the event’s onsite production water footprint by helping secure legal agreements to keep water in streams and rivers, as well as helping improve water conservation in cities or farms. In this way, they operate similarly to a carbon offset in principle to give back to the community and planet. Cisco
Acknowledge the Land
This organization began their conference main stage session with a Land Acknowledgement of where they are meeting. To be active in their gratitude for the ability to meet on the land of the indigenous people who were displaced. It is important to recognize the history of the land used to meet upon and encourage dialogue around land-based discrimination. ReFED
Know the Event’s Carbon Footprint
At first, green initiatives such as eliminating styrofoam, individual bottled waste, and reducing waste were the building blocks of sustainable events. Measuring the carbon footprint of air travel, materials, and food choices has become the new standard. Determining the event’s baseline and developing a plan to reduce the impact of carbon emissions is a critical component. ROSCon
Leave a Legacy
Donating food to give back to the community and minimize food waste can be difficult if the venue or caterer doesn’t have a relationship with a local food bank. One-time donations can be tricky. Organizations can use their buying power and knowledge to help venues establish a relationship within the community on a more permanent basis. We are proud of our high-profile technology clients holding meetings in large Las Vegas properties, who have made food donations a requirement for their business, paving the way for others to easily support the hungry.
Giving Back and Doing Good
There has never been a better time to use your innovation, enthusiasm, and event’s buying power to create change in the world. Now channel your hope for a better future, get out there, and DO GOOD!
More Cool Things Our Clients Do
If you are looking for more inspiration here are some other cool things our clients are doing; Event Materials and Food.