Since it’s such an important topic, here is another post on green meetings. I’m still finding new resources, as I continue to do research for my own convention, and of course, I’ll post whatever I find on gather.
Some handy online resources include:
The EPA has put together some information and guidelines for planning environmentally responsible events. Their webpage can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/grn-mtgs/
One of the documents the EPA developed is called “It’s Easy Being Green“. And, proving that it takes a while for anything to catch on in the real world, this document was created in 1996. However, the tips and planning checklist included in the document are as valid today as they were 12 years ago.
The Convention Industry Council has a page dedicated to green meetings: http://www.conventionindustry.org/projects/green_mtgs.htm. They convened a task force of planners and other industry experts, and have published the Green Meetings Report.
Nancy J. Wilson, CMP and Amy Spatrisano, CMP, co-founders of the Green Meeting Industry Council, offer some excellent (and fairly common-sense) ideas.
- Request that condiments be served in bulk containers, not individual servings, to save packaging. This includes sugar, creamer, butter, cream cheese, etc.
- Ask the venue to use separate recycling bins at all catered functions, registration, and especially on the exhibit floor.
- Choose recycled-content promotional products when deciding on pens, bags, shirts and caps. There are beautiful awards made of recycled glass.
- Reduce the size of the registration brochure and make the rest of the information available on-line.