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About Nancy Zavada

Nancy J. Zavada, CMP, Founder and President, MeetGreen, is internationally recognized as a trailblazer in the sustainable event field. She founded MeetGreen in 1994. Nancy’s extensive work with scientific organizations earned her an impeccable reputation for producing notable meetings throughout the world. A decade later, Nancy co-founded the Green Meeting Industry Council. Owner of this Women-Owned Business, she has been named one of the “Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry” and one of 22 "Meetings Trendsetters". Nancy oversees sustainable initiatives for corporate and non-profit organizations. Nancy co-authored three books on sustainable events the most recent is Meet Better, 167 Easy Ways to Make Your Events More Environmentally and Socially Responsible.

What Does Event Health and Safety Look Like in 2021?

Event health and safety are important to us here at MeetGreen. We pride ourselves on taking every precaution to keep event participants safe and healthy. From the beginning, we planned for health and safety. In 1994, we developed an Emergency Response Plan to keep everyone protected with our first event for 2,500 people. The plan [...]

We are Committed to Net Zero Virtual Events for Our Clients

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson This quote represents our values at MeetGreen. We believe in a sustainable future for the planet and her people. We are committed to making a difference. Your Carbon Footprint Even when [...]

By |2021-04-13T17:05:09+00:00February 18th, 2021|Blog, Q12021, Sustainability, Virtual Events|0 Comments

If You Think Virtual Events Are Just a Zoom Call, Think Again!

We have all participated in meetings via Zoom and have seen people's pets, bedrooms, and loved ones appearing on screen. We have had to remind each to mute and unmute, to share their screens, and to turn on their cameras. Thinking a Zoom call is the same as a virtual event is misleading. Our first [...]

By |2020-12-12T00:09:43+00:00December 11th, 2020|Blog, Virtual Events|3 Comments

How to Prepare Speakers for Virtual Events

You may be wondering how to prepare speakers for virtual events. It’s an important piece to your planning and preparation. There may be more to the process than you have considered. Preparing speakers for virtual events differs from in-person events in a variety of ways. The amount of speaker training and management is considerable and [...]

By |2020-10-21T19:01:06+00:00October 21st, 2020|Blog, Conference Management, Technology, Virtual Events|0 Comments

Choosing the Best Virtual Event Platform

Virtual event platforms are just one piece of planning virtual meetings. Some great advice to plan virtual events is to “Begin with the end in mind”.  By starting with a clear understanding of the outcome, you can design a program that: Meets your organization’s goals Incorporates your vision Keeps the organization’s culture intact However, selecting [...]

Safety AND Sustainability in 2020

MeetGreen has frequently been asked how sustainability will be impacted once physical events begin again. Good question! To provide a foundation for analysis, we turned to our reliable Green Event Checklist which has provided valued minimum sustainability guidelines for events large and small. The MeetGreen Sustainability experts compared the guidelines against projected or potential [...]

Data Matters When Cutting Food Waste

The 2019 Food Waste Summit, hosted by ReFED, invited key stakeholders to share and discuss strategies to achieve a common goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. ReFED is a data-driven, solutions-oriented multi-stakeholder network. So, when they set out to produce a sustainable event, collecting, measuring and reporting on specific data points was [...]

By |2020-02-21T21:40:44+00:00February 21st, 2020|Blog, Conference Management, Food Waste, SDGs, Sustainability|0 Comments

Managing Events in Uncertain Times

When we looked ahead to planning topics for 2019 to discuss with our community, little did we know how spot on we were. At the top of the list was, "Organizing events in uncertain times." Uncertain times are upon us and our events are heavily impacted. We are drawing on our resources to provide solutions [...]

By |2019-09-18T22:16:50+00:00September 18th, 2019|Blog, Conference Management, Emergency Response|0 Comments

We Actually Do Meet Green

It’s not all “Kum Ba Yah around the Campfire” when the MeetGreen team holds its annual staff retreat. We re-energize, talk about our work together, and plan for the future. We strive to step as lightly on the Earth as possible while convening at a small coastal village for four days. Here are some of [...]

By |2019-09-16T23:24:26+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Blog, My Event Footprint|0 Comments

Lessons in Leadership – SPLC & SDGs

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. The Annual Summit brings together over 400 purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions to share and promote sustainable purchasing [...]

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