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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

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 [...]

Widgets are Everywhere and They are So Fun!

Into this era of "Do It Yourself" technology resources ventures the brave meeting planner. Nowhere can the planner tasked with building event websites and microsites find a better, more savvy augmentation to their important content than by leveraging the wide variety of free and low cost widgets available. What is a Widget? A widget or [...]

By |2019-01-30T21:45:39+00:00April 19th, 2017|Best Practices, Blog, Resources, Technology, Tips|0 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 [...]

Striving for a Zero Waste Event

The 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly was held June 24-28th at the Oregon Convention Center with an impressive 4,502 participants, 6,634 hotel room nights, 98 exhibitor booths and 186 educational sessions.  It was also several of the hottest days in Portland, Oregon, with the daily temperature rising above 100 degrees F. One of the [...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!

Is your conference or event becoming more sustainable?  Have you implemented green meeting initiatives?  Are you being more environmentally responsible while in the event destination? Have you told anyone about it? Often, organizations are making positive changes and leaving a lighter footprint on the planet but are not telling participants what is happening on their [...]

Sustainability Tips: Winning AND Learning

They say, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn."  Participants in our session at the CMP Conclave this week did both.  Using an outcome driven meeting design, Mariela McIlwraith and I crowdsourced sustainable event tips from Certified Meeting Professionals who strive to produce green meetings and were anxious to learn more. In this collaborative workshop, everyone [...]

By |2017-12-06T03:37:26+00:00September 30th, 2015|Best Practices, Blog, Hospitality Industry, Tips|0 Comments

Tips from the Tap for Events

As this long, hot summer groans on and on, saving precious water is at the top of everyone's minds.  Event organizers have an opportunity to save water on a larger scale based on the decisions they make every day. Did you know that 2 cups of coffee, one tote bag and a 60-page program for [...]

By |2017-12-06T03:42:01+00:00August 18th, 2015|Best Practices, Blog, Tips|0 Comments