Monday, January 12, 2009

Learning From The Experts

My second day at PCMA finds Amy and I taking a turn at staffing the "Ask The Expert" area of the Green Meetings Community. It is a comfortable lounge area to sit and share ideas and information. There are resources as well as a center to share "Best Green Meeting Practices" is also a message center to share best practices. Even though I had a huge button proclaiming I was the expert, everyone stopping by had ideas, experience or a passion for a more sustainable future.

We talked about cost savings, how to measure both the economic and environmental bottom lines, how to engage attendees and how to enroll stakeholders. Overwhelmingly I am hearing that hotels, convention centers and other industry vendors are really getting on board and it is much easier to plan sustainable events today than it was even 18 months ago. That is wonderful news. I am also hearing that planners are looking to green meeting practices as one way to save money during the economic downturn.

For those of you at PCMA, stop by, share and learn from fellow experts!

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