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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.

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 [...]

What is Your Contribution to the World?

Good question, right? A very thoughtful friend of mine, whose gentle nature comes with a strength that is often underestimated, asks everyone she meets this question, "What is your contribution to the world?" She is naturally curious and believes that each one of us is accountable and has a role to play, even her teenage [...]

By |2019-04-25T00:44:02+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog, Sustainability|4 Comments

Shawna McKinley, Hero

Shawna McKinley is a sustainability consultant and educator who is inspired by working with people who improve quality of life in communities. She works to create and implement diverse projects in the tourism, hospitality, event, marketing, non-profit and environmental education fields. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Shawna is my personal hero. She is [...]

By |2019-03-27T22:46:47+00:00March 14th, 2019|Blog, MeetGreen Hero, Sustainability|2 Comments

Lessons in Leadership – Visit Tillamook Coast

MeetGreen is fortunate to work with many who are sustainability leaders in their industry. These organizations and their sustainability champions are sincerely and deeply interested in driving their events – and by extension, inspiring others – toward sustainable practices. They are doing it right, harnessing the power of events to create change. Today, we focus [...]

What Does Your Event Say About You?

There is a lot of talk about brands taking stands in today’s marketing world where doing the right thing has become vital to an organization’s reputation and customer base. In the 2018 Edelman Earned Brand study, statistics show that 65% of consumers now buy on belief or buy from brands having similar morals, values, and [...]

By |2019-01-28T19:25:31+00:00January 25th, 2019|Blog, Conference Management, Sustainability|0 Comments

New Year’s Resolutions 2019 – Greening Events

There’s never been a better time to get started on greening your events. A new year is on the horizon, events are being reinvented to be more experiential, new events are starting up and hope is in the air. So, what’s stopping you? Like any good resolution, the hardest part is getting started, so [...]

By |2018-12-13T01:32:47+00:00December 13th, 2018|Best Practices, Blog, Sustainability, Tips|0 Comments

Fishing for a CSR Project?

Service projects at events don’t need to be dull, cookie-cutter or expensive. They should be related to the participants or organizations skills, interests or favorite charities. They should also be engaging and mindful of making the world a better place. Here we take the opportunity to share a wonderful CSR project held in recently [...]

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 |2018-12-05T23:01:55+00:00November 15th, 2018|Blog, Sustainability|0 Comments