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Eric is the Director of Sustainability whose focus on resources and the environment is complemented by 15+ years experience in event & conference planning and delivery. His areas of expertise include sustainability initiatives, process improvement strategies, stakeholder communications, and data management.

What’s the Impact on Digital Event Gifting?

Have you thought about impacts of digital event gifting? Meaning the the swag you send to each participant attending your event. Its definitely less impact to meet online but then you add in the event gifting and that's a whole other story. Many digital events reduce emissions by 95%+ over a typical in-person conference. However, [...]

By |2021-07-16T18:47:07+00:00July 16th, 2021|Blog, Sustainability, Virtual Events|0 Comments

Resources for Digital Event Carbon Footprint Accounting

What is the carbon footprint of a digital event? How does it compare to a traditional in-person meeting? Recent events have profoundly changed how we convened and raised many compelling questions related to stakeholder engagement and our environment. While the digital events landscape was not inherently new. The entire delivery systems of an industry had [...]

Curiosity, Carbon Accounting, And Our Climate

For many of us, it is growing harder and harder to ignore our changing climate. Whether it's fires, flooding, or historic heat waves, very few are exempt from its direct impacts. In many ways, despite significant progress towards global climate action and awareness over the past 20 years, the call to meaningfully act feels [...]

By |2020-10-26T21:12:14+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Blog, SDGs, Sustainability|1 Comment

Composting: Food for Thought for Future Events

As the events industry casts an eager eye towards the reopening of venues and the return of physical or hybrid events we are facing some real challenges. One of the most compelling questions facing planners and their destination counterparts is how to do this safely and sustainably. We can take on this opportunity to [...]

Venues & Vendors: A Way Forward Through Sustainability

Where We Are Your venue, hotel, or destination has undoubtedly been affected by COVID-19. There are few industries whose revenue models have been more directly impacted and dramatically altered by this pandemic than those serving travel, tourism, meetings and conventions. Teams at present are scattered and furloughed amid a sales pipeline struggling with uncertainty. While [...]

By |2020-06-15T23:40:26+00:00June 15th, 2020|Blog, Sustainability, Venues & Vendors|0 Comments

It’s Up To You: The Role Of Discretionary Travel In Carbon Reduction

Emerging interest in the impacts of airline travel and even "flight shaming" have seen a distinct increase across the events industry and at the corporate level recently. Reasons for this range from devastating wildfires, to dire warnings from the UN Climate Science Panel, to the emergence of passionate new voices joining the climate conversation. Given [...]

By |2020-03-04T23:13:44+00:00February 21st, 2020|Blog, Sustainability, Travel|0 Comments

Straight Talk About SDGs

The UN Sustainable Development Goals have been ushered into the events industry by influential corporations. They are taking the lead as these goals integrate directly with their organizations’ overall sustainability initiatives. The SDGs offer an opportunity to drive policy and report in an aggregate manner. Event organizers have a critical role in achieving these goals [...]

By |2021-03-22T22:19:26+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Blog, SDGs, Sustainability|0 Comments

This Sustainable Event is No Easy Feat for 24K Feet

IMEX America continues to raise the bar for event sustainability. Through its integrated planning model and long-term approach, IMEX America embeds green practices across all core functional areas, vendors and business partners from contracting & procurement through post-event reporting. This is no easy feat for a 12K+ attendee hosted-buyer tradeshow held annually at the Sands [...]

By |2018-05-11T17:16:31+00:00May 9th, 2018|Blog, Case Study, Sustainability|0 Comments

Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events

Spring and summer are synonymous with event season. Whether it be conferences, concerts, community events or festivals, chances are we are all heading to at least one in the next few months. In honor of Earth Month, now is a great time to reflect for a moment on impacts these events are having on the [...]

By |2018-04-12T21:34:52+00:00April 12th, 2018|Green Meetings, Sustainability|0 Comments
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