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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 and academic organizations earned her an impeccable reputation for producing successful meetings throughout the world. A decade later, Nancy co-founded the Green Meeting Industry Council. Named one of the “Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry” and one of 22 "Meetings Trendsetters", she currently is on the Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee which oversees sustainable initiatives for 23 event industry organizations. Nancy recently co-authored Meet Better, 167 Easy Ways to Make Your Events More Environmentally and Socially Responsible.

Straw Poll: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

In 2017, we at MeetGreen made the commitment to give up single-use plastic straws both personally and professionally with as many events as possible within our influence. Having long been advocates of avoiding single-use plastics at our events, we joined the straw movement. We realize that straws are the tip of the iceberg with the [...]

By |2018-11-16T00:18:21+00:00November 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Greening Your Event’s Supply Chain

The key to success in producing a more sustainable event is to enroll significant vendors. According to the Center for Sustainability Excellence, "Supply chain management is vital. 20% of the suppliers will determine 80% of a company’s environmental impact." This is true of events as well. Sustainability is a collaborative effort and you can’t do [...]

By |2018-08-16T16:41:10+00:00August 15th, 2018|Blog, Sustainability|0 Comments

Standards, SDGs, Certifications…Oh My!

It is a scary world out there, filled with ever-moving targets to prove your organization is sustainable. It is becoming commonplace for key stakeholders such as clients, board members, vendors, investors and employees to ask about the company’s commitment to planet, people and profit—the triple bottom line. Organizations are working diligently to be perceived as [...]

By |2018-05-11T17:58:47+00:00May 9th, 2018|Blog, Sustainability|0 Comments

Ride the Rails to Sustainability

One of the key components of producing a sustainable event is transportation to the event itself. Too often this important factor is overlooked or, in the case of air travel, ignored like the elephant in the room. We will leave air travel for a subsequent blog and today focus on ground transportation. Savvy event hosts [...]

By |2018-03-01T17:03:33+00:00February 26th, 2018|Blog, Green Meetings, Sustainability, Technology|0 Comments

10 Hot Green Meeting Trends for a Cool Planet

Can sustainability really be cool? You bet! There are cool trends in sustainable events emerging daily as our industry sees a shift to experiential gatherings. The request by attendees to be actively participating in events as a learning tool makes this a perfect opportunity to participate in green meeting initiatives as well. The heightened awareness [...]

Why Bother with Sustainable Practices at Your Meetings?

Indeed. Why bother with sustainable practices at your meetings? Why bother recycling on the show floor? Why bother serving local food? Why bother choosing seafood from a sustainable fishery? Why bother asking venues if they use renewable energy? Why bother measuring your environmental footprint? Why bother reusing signage? Why bother choosing condiments in bulk? Why [...]

By |2017-12-19T02:59:01+00:00April 19th, 2017|Blog, Green Meetings, Sustainability|0 Comments

Challenge & Opportunity: Producing Sustainable Events Around the World

Producing sustainable events around the world can be a challenge, thankfully, the Oracle team always looks at challenges as opportunities. Oracle OpenWorld Latin America was no exception. Held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June of 2016, the event had 6,000 attendees onsite and streamed the keynotes to 1M+. Armed with the objectives to… Waste Not [...]

When the Going Gets Tough

As the saying goes, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." As we face a dramatically shifting climate in nearly every area; politically, socially, environmentally and financially, change—welcome or not—is upon us. How, as a group of individuals and a company, do we react and advise our clients who are facing unprecedented drops [...]

By |2018-01-22T23:02:05+00:00February 3rd, 2017|Blog|4 Comments

You Can End Food Waste at Events

You want to cut back food waste at your events.  You want to save money on your food budget.  You want your choices to make this world a better place.  Yet, the hospitality industry has set guest’s expectations high–the first person through a buffet line and the last both have access to the same amount [...]

By |2017-12-06T00:45:37+00:00August 4th, 2016|Best Practices, Blog, Change, Food Waste, Healthy Events|0 Comments

IMEX America Rises to the Challenge

IMEX America is known for being high energy, vibrant and full of life.  It is also known for balancing those with mindfulness, wellness and healthy practices.  IMEX America is also known for sustainable practices and reducing their environmental footprint even when they are welcoming 10,732 participants using 14,310 room nights visiting 3,100 exhibitors. The first [...]