Monday, November 30, 2009
Sound familiar? How can you make a difference?
First, remember individuals can change the world. You are probably in a decision-making role in your organization so start by making different decisions. Start with the "low hanging fruit" that doesn't cost anything. Recycle, print fewer handouts, don't order bottled water or reuse signage. Then compile the economic savings for these decisions and show senior management. Believe me, you will get their attention. One convention service manager at a large hotel recently told me he was the lone voice for green practices and he insitituted a recycling program. The cost savings is $5,000-$7,000 a month. They are listening now!
Secondly, recruit other passionate people in your company for an informal green team. They will bring ideas from their area of expertise to the table. Again, use ideas that will save money and increase your image to key stakeholders.
Third, take a look at your organization's mission statement to see if there is anything about corporate responsibility, being a good citizen, saving the environment, changing to meet the future, etc. Leverage this statement to get senior management on board and behind the green team.
Organizations today are under increased scrutiny from the public and showing you are sustainable is key. There is no more visable place than in the meetings and events you produce!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Inform participants of environmentally responsible transportation options. Use your communications (such as the registration confirmation email) to tell them the best way to get from their airport to the hotel to the convention center.
If walking is the best way to get around, give them pedometers (sponsorship opportunity) and have a contest for the most miles walked. Make it fun!
If shuttles cannot be avoided, minimize the shuttle times and area covered to save time and the environment e.g. don't shuttle for distances less than 6 blocks, but do have transportation available for those with special needs.
When using a transportation company, request their environmental policies as part of the RFP process. Require the use of alternative fuels (bio-diesel, electric, ethanol, natural gas) or hybrid vehicles and avoid unnecessary idling. Put it in the contract!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Their keynote speaker, Al Gore, talked about the 90 million tons of carbon that goes into the atmosphere each day and how humans must make different choices. A series of decisions were made to help make a difference:
- First choice--one of conference initiatives was to reduce the amount of transportation required.
- Conference organizers chose hotels that were either within walking distance or accessible to the light rail system whenever possible.
- Participants chose to walk or ride MAX (with the exception of a few hotels).
- Off-site events did not include shuttles but were also located in the same transit area.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"IACC’s Code of Sustainability shines a bright spotlight on the path that already more than a third of its members have followed to affirm their compliance with more sustainable, environmentally responsible industry policies and practices. " reports Lois Berg, Chair, IACC's Code of Sustainability Committee.
I am listing them all here in recognition of such a important effort and as a resource for you!
Platinum TierThe Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Gold Tier Airlie Center Warrenton, Virginia, USA Aspen Meadows Resort, a Dolce Resort Aspen, Colorado, USA The Banff Centre Banff, Alberta, Canada Barnett Hill Conference Centre Guildford, Surrey, England Comwell Klarskovgaard a-s Korsør, Denmark Conferencehotel Kapellerput Heeze, Netherlands The Council House Racine, Wisconsin, USA Dunrovin Conference Center Baldwin, Michigan, USA Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, Illinois, USA Edith Macy Conference Center Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA The Enterprise Center at BCC Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa La Jolla, California, USA Executive Conference Center at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Durham, North Carolina, USA The Executive Meeting Center at the DoubleTree Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA Gl. Skovridergaard Conference Centre Silkeborg, Denmark Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center Florham Park, New Jersey, USA Highgate House Northampton, Northamptonshire, England The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center Englewood, Colorado, USA Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF San Francisco, California, USA The Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA Q Center Saint Charles, Illinois, USA R. David Thomas Conference Center Durham, North Carolina, USA Skamania Lodge Stevenson, Washington, USA Stora Brännbo Konferens och Hotell Sigtuna, Sweden Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center Tempe, Arizona, USA University Place Conference Center & Hotel - IUPUI Indianapolis, Indiana, USA White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada Woodside Conference Centre Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Silver TierAT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at the University of Texas Austin, Texas, USA Cheyenne Mountain Resort Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Dolce Bad Nauheim Bad Nauheim, Germany Dolce Chantilly Chantilly, France Dolce Frégate Provence Saint Cyr sur Mer, France Dolce La Hulpe La Hulpe, Belgium Dolce Sitges Barcelona, Spain Donald Gordon Conference Centre Kingston, Ontario, Canada Executive Conference Center at the Phoenix Convention Center Phoenix, Arizona, USA Executive Meeting Center at the Renaissance Denver Hotel Denver, Colorado, USA The Founders Inn and Spa Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA imago at Burleigh Court Loughborough, Leicestershire, England Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University Washington, DC, USA Lied Lodge & Conference Center Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA MIT Endicott House Dedham, Massachusetts, USA The National Conference Center Lansdowne, Virginia, USA Royal College of Physicians of London London, England Sinatur Hotel Haraldskær Vejle, Denmark The Stables Conference Centre Red Hill, Victoria, Australia Stonewall Resort Roanoke, West Virginia, USA Summit Executive Centre Chicago, Illinois, USA Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center Tarrytown, New York, USA WorldatWork Conference Center Washington, DC, USA
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Planners talked about their cost cutting measures over the past year. The exciting part is that many of the actions they took this year were also green meeting practices. For example:
Bonnie Wallsh, Bonnie Wallsh Associates LLC, reports...
"Rather than hard copies, attendees were given zip drives containing conference handouts.
We met with the chef and asked him to recommend a menu using our budget and attendee information and to take advantage of local produce and what was in season."
Maryanne Bobrow, Bobrow & Associates talked about the 2009 International Textile and Apparel Association Conference where...
"Using recycled materials reduced costs but was presented as being socially responsible.
We used a social responsibility keynote speaker from the local area.
We did not print and mail a preliminary program, but instead posted everything on line."
The article was about cost cutting. Saving the environment was a nice benefit!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
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