Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Instead of the triple bottom line, she recommends the Integrated Bottom Line which includes:
-Ability to drive innovation
-Attraction and retention of the best talent
-Supply chair and stakeholder management
Thought-provoking ideas for further discussion throughout the conference!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
-Membership has increased over 200% during the past year
-Supporting business members took the largest leap at a nearly 400% increase
-The Atlanta chapter is up and running with Chicago and South Florida/Caribbean "in formation"
-Seven more chapters are close behind including Europe and Mexico
-Nine additional locations have expressed an interest and are pursuing chapter discussions.
They are also launching some really cool products that will enhance our ability to connect as a community and plan sustainable meetings. More about those when they are formally announced.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
My bags are packed...and I am ready to go...to the Green Meeting Industry Council Conference in Pittsburgh this week. I just took a look at the participant list and WOW, I am honored to be among this esteemed group. We will certainly have breakthroughs in leading this industry towards a more sustainable future.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
-Is it local?
-Is it in season?
-Is it organic? (Ask for a minimum of 20% at no additional cost)
-Did it come from a sustainable fishery?
-Do you have vegetarian dishes that even meat eaters will love?
-Are the condiments served in bulk instead of individual packets?
-Is the coffee fair-trade and shade grown?
We find that enrolling the Chef in these questions usually gets them excited about the opportunity to provide unique, fresh ideas for what otherwise would be the standard "chicken dinner".
Monday, February 16, 2009
-What are the venue's environmental policies? Including energy conservation practices?
-How is the staff trained to implement these policies?
-Do you have low-flow toilets and other water savings devices in restrooms?
-Do you purchase environmentally responsible cleaning products?
-What do you recycle? What is your diversion rate?
-What mass transit lines serve the property?
-Has the property been certified by a third-party? Which one(s)?
And most importantly--Can I see the back of house areas where the sorting and recycling actually takes place?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Is this product something worth keeping? (If not, it’s just contributing to the land fill.)
What is the ecological footprint? For example if it’s a conference bag:
-Where was the bag fabric produced?
-Where was the handle strap materials produced?
-Where is the zipper produced?
-Where is it assembled?
-What inks are used?
-Are these materials sustainable? Recycled, organic, etc.
What is the packaging involved in the product – is there a way for the packaging to be more environmentally responsible? For example not utilizing poly packaging for shirts; and using biodegradable packing materials.
Could you make your item non-dated? – so you could use it for multiple functions (or years)
What are the environmental practices the vendors you work with are using in their businesses?
Is there a choice of production locations that would mean less transportation required? (For example do they have the option of ordering from a warehouse on the west coast versus the east coast.)
Is it possible for this item to be made in your country? What are the labor conditions where it is made?
I urge each of you to ask a lot of questions. We are finding the promotional products world to be a greenwashing nightmare right now.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Our resident sponsorship expert, Mary Peters, has put together a quick list of questions you should be asking about green practices before opening your wallet.
1) Do the organizers have sustainable policies? What are they?
2) Is the event being planned using green meeting guidelines such as those developed by the Convention Industry Council?
3) Are the results of these efforts being measured?
4) Is the event being audited by a third-party?
5) Have the organizers calculated the carbon footprint? What have they done to minimize the footprint?
A little due diligence may keep you out of the spotlight!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Along with the conference, GreenBiz.com published its annual report today. The report found many reasons for optimism, according to the authors. Green building is on the rise, spurring new technologies that save energy and money while creating more healthful workplaces. There is a green race taking place in the automobile industry, with every major manufacturer planning to introduce electric vehicles. The leading consumer product makers and retailers are starting to rigorously assess the environmental impact of their products using sophisticated metrics, sending signals up the supply chain that tomorrow's products will need to hew to higher levels of environmental responsibility.
Green business activity is continuing to grow during a down economy. To download a free report, http://www.greenbiz.com/stateofgreenbusiness