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Treading Lightly Near the Rim

Leaving Las Vegas for the Grand Canyon, I had a lot of expectations around the vast natural beauty I was soon to explore.  What I didn't expect was a sustainable lodging experience, second-to-none, with an honest concern for treading lightly on the Earth.My hotel room at the Grand National Park Lodge surprised me with:Bulk hand [...]

By |2018-01-11T00:38:04+00:00October 30th, 2014|Green Hotels, Sustainability, Travel|2 Comments

Is Our Meeting Sustainable?

If you are attending the Living Future unConference 2014, relax we've got you covered. Even before you made plans to attend, The Living Future Institute conference organizers and MeetGreen team were on the job, planning an environmentally-responsible event.  The first step was choosing a Green Seal and Green Key Certified hotel, the Hilton Portland & [...]

Things You Should or Should NOT Do in a Hotel Room

You know the basic rules of staying in a hotel, such as not stealing the bathrobes or keeping your neighbors up late at night. Right?  Today, we are talking about basic rules for traveling green. Somewhere between leaving home and arriving in the hotel room, many travelers forget about being environmentally responsible. People, who wouldn’t [...]

By |2014-03-27T12:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2014|Green Hotels, Sustainability, Travel|0 Comments

Don’t Forget to FLOSS

FLOSS?  That's right, choose Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Sustainable food for your events and meetings.  According to Chef Steven Ward, DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, during his recent presentation at the GMIC Sustainable Events Conference, this easy-to-remember acronym will help you select a fabulous, healthy menu for your guests.Chef Ward recommends the event planner work [...]

Hiding the Dirty Laundry

Call me crazy, but when I see a bin like this...I leap to the conclusion that items placed in the correct slot will be recycled.  Not necessarily true!  Within days of  the greenwashing article I wrote being posted, I came across more "dirty laundry." Our client was using a property they held a meeting in several [...]

By |2018-01-22T23:08:32+00:00October 31st, 2012|Green Hotels, Hospitality Industry, Sustainability|0 Comments

Contagious Enthusiasm

"We just can't help it. Once we got started on green practices, we keep asking ourselves and each other, 'What's next?', 'What else can we do?'"   Grace Lial, Director of Guest Services at the DoubleTree by Hilton - Portland, was simply beaming as she described their latest ideas.  Grace wasn't telling us this because [...]

By |2012-07-24T21:46:00+00:00July 24th, 2012|Best Practices, Campfire Story, Green Hotels|0 Comments

What’s New in Green Meetings

What's new in green or sustainable meetings?  I find it interesting how frequently I am asked this question.  We are so trained to look for the new, fresh, latest trends in everything we do.  Anxious to be done with the last part, check it off our list and move on to something more exciting.It might [...]

How to Select a Green Hotel

Continuing on with our "simplifying sustainable meetings" theme over the past few posts, today let's cover some basics for selecting green sleeping accommodations. Here are the simple steps: 1. Start early in the selection process even before the RFP. If you are working with a convention and visitors bureau, ask them to send you a [...]

By |2019-09-17T23:42:27+00:00August 29th, 2011|Best Practices, Green Hotels|0 Comments

How To Impress a Green Planner

Want to make a green meeting manager swoon during their visit to your hotel? Interested in a new version of the VIP treatment? Want to avoid potential "landmines?" We offer up these tips for hotels based on our actual site inspections over the past six months...DO prepare your sustainability policies and present them without being [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:20:49+00:00July 20th, 2011|Campfire Story, Green Hotels|0 Comments