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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.

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 [...]

BSR’s Sustainable Event is Walking the Talk

Invite Corporate Social Responsibility professionals from Fortune 100 companies, consultants and practitioners of CSR strategy to a gathering to collaborate on building a better future and you had better walk the sustainability talk.  That is exactly what Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) accomplished in November, 2015, in San Francisco. Participants, speakers and sponsors expected a [...]

Healthy Events Start at Home

All this talk about healthy events here at MeetGreen resulted in the Spring Forward Challenge spearheaded by Shereen Vesalpour, Registration and Events Specialist. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, in fact it my help on our mission to get moving this spring. During the month of April, everyone tracked their walking and running miles [...]

By |2017-12-06T02:56:11+00:00May 16th, 2016|Blog, Healthy Events|0 Comments

Helping Hands for Helping Hands

You want to help the local community, but you don’t know how to get started. Your to-do list is getting longer and longer without the additional research necessary to find an organization who is ready, willing and able to take advantage of your volunteers.  Volunteers who are only available at a specific time and date. [...]

Make Your Events “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise”

They eat right, exercise, and get quality sleep while at home, it is any wonder why participants are asking for the same considerations when traveling and attending a meeting? Health and wellness are the latest trends in the hospitality industry and professional organizers are learning to incorporate them into meetings and events.  While conferences can [...]

By |2017-12-06T03:01:18+00:00March 22nd, 2016|Blog, Healthy Events, Sustainability, Travel|0 Comments

Friday Funny…Even the Dog Recycles!

Alright, so we take recycling seriously here at MeetGreen.  It’s what we do.  We thought this shared mission was a human characteristic our employees share.  Until yesterday. Long story short, our “office dog”, an old yellow lab, passed away at the end of the year.   The Portland Office missed having her around to greet us [...]

By |2017-12-06T03:02:57+00:00March 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments