Lessons in Leadership – American Meteorological Society
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) held its 103rd Annual Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado from January 8th to 12th, 2023. Marking the first in-person gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a two-year hiatus.
The American Meteorological Society’s commitment to environmental stewardship is impressive. We were honored to be involved this year. In 2023, the MeetGreen team was responsible for evaluating the event’s current sustainability practices. We also offered recommendations for enhancing future AMS events. The recommendations were in accordance with the organization’s Green Meetings Initiative guidelines, established by the Committee on Environmental Stewardship.
This snapshot of their sustainable event initiatives is shared to provide a learning opportunity to other organizations making their own commitment to sustainable events.
Train staff on sustainability efforts – New hire, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, refresher trainings
RTD light rail D & H line go right through the Convention Center, allowing attendees easy access to public transit throughout the city
One key observation to note is how large a role the partnership with vendors and the venue plays in the success of the American Meteorological Society’s Green Meetings Initiative. By enrolling key stakeholders early on in the planning phase, everyone works toward a common goal. Truly a Lesson in Leadership!
The MeetGreen team looks forward to contributing to this crucial effort to promote environmentally responsible practices in the meetings and events industry.
Garrett develops and implements sustainability initiatives for organizations such as Oracle, T-Mobile, and Intel. He co-chairs the ImpactPDX networking event, a Portland community of sustainability professionals.
Prior to his time at MeetGreen, Garrett was the Member Services Manager at the Green Sports Alliance where he worked alongside sports teams, universities, and leagues globally in creating and bolstering their sustainability initiatives, goals, and programs.
Garrett co-chairs the Emerging Professionals Board for Blanchet House, a downtown Portland social services organization providing food, clothing, and transitional housing programs to people in need. He is also involved the Oregon Zoo’s Community Advocacy Council.
In his spare time, Garrett trains for marathons and improves upon his amateur photography skills.