Large or small, meetings bring people together to share information, generate ideas, and make business connections. When you think of being green or sustainable, managing waste is usually the first thing that comes to mind. A sustainable meeting or event goes beyond recycling or zero waste events.
As individuals, we make choices every day: Paper or plastic? Window or aisle? Debit or credit? As conference organizers, we make choices too: Beef or chicken? China or disposable? Local or organic? Plated or buffet?
You have the power to make a difference. Start by adopting a few common sense policies that will not compromise the attendee experience. Attendees can feel good about participating and knowing what is being done on their behalf to promote healthier events.
We wanted to take the time to clarify some of the myths or misinformation about planning a green event. Here we discuss green event facts and provide evidence and resources for clarifying the impacts of sustainable event planning.
Does the location of the meeting really make a difference? Absolutely! Choosing a destination that is conducive to the event’s purpose and takes into account the location of attendees is a first step in producing a successful event. It is also a first step in producing an earth-friendly meeting.
What is a carbon offset? The “official” definition of a carbon offset (from Climate Trust) is, “carbon offsets are the process of reducing a ton of carbon dioxide emissions in another location for the emissions you cause in either your home, office, commute, travel or other activities that use energy and cause emissions.
If you’re a busy professional charged with planning a conference, you are probably wondering how best to produce a successful event while managing costs and using your time most efficiently. Most people assume that doing everything themselves is the easiest and cheapest way to go.
One area that can have the greatest impact on an event is the exhibitions. Think of the waste that is generated at an average event – all of the cardboard, packing materials, brochures, pallets, carpet, etc. How can you make sure it doesn’t end up in the local landfill?