Corporate Sustainability Policy & Report
MeetGreen acknowledges that event planning has significant impacts, which are both negative and positive. Since 2007 we have collected extensive event footprint data for over 70 event projects. We’ve learned the typical conference event attendee produces:
We strive to work with our clients and their suppliers to influence footprint reductions in all of these areas so that we can continue to enjoy events in ways that are also more environmentally and socially responsible. While our company may be small, our influence is significant, especially given our clients are also committed to these goals. In 2016 MeetGreen supported:
We monitor our success in addressing sustainability issues and living our values by measuring MeetGreen® Calculator scores for our two primary types of event projects: conference management (hired for planning services) and sustainability (hired for sustainability services). Since 2009, project percentage scores have ranged as follows:
Refer to our case studies for more information.
MeetGreen is committed to continuously improve against the following goals by 2020:
- Reduce carbon footprint per FTE employee by 5%.
- Offset all unavoidable carbon emissions by 100%.
- Support four days of voluntary service per FTE employee per year.
- Improve event project sustainability by:
- Measuring per participant per day footprints for waste, landfill and carbon.
- Improving MeetGreen Calculator scores for each event project year-over-year.
MeetGreen’s office footprint is roughly equal to one American home. We employed 11 full-time equivalent positions in 2016.
Office Energy Use
MeetGreen has one primary office location in Portland, Oregon. We operate a virtual office model where staff are permitted to work from home if desired. We provide transit subsidies to staff who commit to use transit over personal vehicle travel. A heating system conversion in 2008 and an office move in 2016 led to shifts in energy use noted below.
Office Waste Production
MeetGreen separates waste through an office recycling and composting program. Waste is charged by pick up and is not specifically measured. Diversion by hauler is noted annually.
Office Water Use
MeetGreen’s office includes washrooms and kitchens for daily staff use. MeetGreen purchases BEF Water Restoration Certificates® equal to our operating footprint. This allows us to contribute to restoring the economic, recreational, and ecological vitality of national freshwater resources. For more information, including how support WRCs yourself, please click here.
Due to the nature of our business, MeetGreen has a significant air travel footprint. The following graph summarizes annual air travel distances across all workers since 2007. MeetGreen has the most control over discretionary air travel, which we aim to minimize by encouraging webinar participation were possible as an alternative to panel presentations, carefully targeting networking trips and taking advantage of regional professional development opportunities. In contrast client requirements are more difficult to control, and can cause air travel to fluctuate year-to-year.
Company Carbon Footprint
As a small company with a single office, and projects that take place throughout the world, it’s no surprise air travel is the most significant part of our company’s carbon footprint.
MeetGreen’s approach to social responsibility employs policies and training for staff, community service and project work. We conduct ourselves ethically according to our motto “Be a Good Human”, and commit to abide by the laws impacting our activities, and exceeding requirements where regulatory guidance may be lacking.
MeetGreen staff receive orientation and training regarding the following upon hire, and a minimum of once every two years:
- Risk management
- Fairness, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination
- Human trafficking, child labor and slavery
Day of Service
MeetGreen finances and encourages service by staff. Service often includes voluntary involvement in industry committees that support event sustainability. It also includes a paid Day of Service by all staff, who sought volunteer opportunities that resonated with them in their own communities. Staff projects and donations in 2016 have benefited the Potomac River Coast Guard Auxiliary, SOLVE, Clean up the Bay (Netarts Bay), Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center, Free Geek and the Salvation Army.
Event projects also aim to create social benefit. In 2016 projects worked by MeetGreen
- Benefitted 38 community-based organizations
- Provided 375 hours of volunteer service
- Raised $515,595 for organizations in need
Refer to our case studies for more information.
MeetGreen is independently certified to meet the requirements of ISO 20121: 2012 for the planning and delivery of meetings and conferences and the provision of sustainability consulting services. Our company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and reports annually on our progress. Measurements are collected by MeetGreen staff, using direct-reported data from vendors. Carbon footprint is independently calculated and offset by Terrapass.