Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We share with you our thoughts in the 2010 State of the Industry Report http://www.meetgreen.com/files/2010_MeetGreen_StateofIndustry.pdf
We welcome all comments and discussion!
Monday, January 18, 2010
· 15 dairy cows
· 210 humans
· 2 elephants
While I am having great fun with this blog post, it is a good reminder that converting our efforts to visuals to tell the story does really help. Other examples is to talk about paper savings in trees instead of pounds of paper or saving greenhouse gases by the amount of cars it would take off the road. You get the picture!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
10. Green Strategies Save Money: Green meeting specialists know how to save money onsite - by cutting waste, working with local suppliers, and proving that the "eco" in eco-efficiency is about economy as well as ecology.
9. Earning Customer Loyalty: A sustainable meeting builds customer loyalty, showing participants that their organization cares about the bigger picture-even in hard times.
8. Improving the Onsite Experience: The skills and knowledge behind a sustainable meeting can help you create a smarter, more interactive learning experience for participants.
7. Competitive Advantage for Vendors: Hoteliers and other vendors who demonstrate green knowledge and performance gain competitive advantage in an economy where any advantage is crucial to the bottom line.
6. Measuring the Bottom Line: Green performance metrics can only succeed environmentally if they pay off financially. So green measurement is a great way to assess the return your organization receives from its meetings investment.
5. Managing and Mitigating Risk: Leading organizations like Oracle, The Gap, the American Institute of Architects, and the U.S. Green Building Council know that greening is the "right" thing to do. But it also mitigates risk. For top associations and Fortune 500 businesses, sustainable meetings are a great way to demonstrate good citizenship and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
4. Striking the Balance: Meeting professionals have been struggling to find a balance between live and virtual meetings and to cope with the mounting challenges surrounding air travel. The 2010 Sustainable Meetings Conference is a place to explore solutions that keep the participant experience front and center.
3. Learning the Standard: The program for the 2010 Sustainable Meetings Conference is built around the green meetings standard that will soon be released by the U.S. Accepted Practices Commission (APEX). Learning the practicalities of this detailed new standard will be an advantage for every organization that participates in the conference.
2. Building a Network: The annual Sustainable Meetings Conference draws a network of senior, experienced meeting professionals who've built their green checklists into strategic action plans that support their companies' core values and objectives. Attending the conference is the first step in making these thought leaders and decision-makers a part of your network.
1. Building Momentum: This conference is about getting green done! On the first day, the Future Leaders' Forum and the Leaders' Track will both deliver action goals for the year ahead. At the closing roundtable, GMIC will invite leading meeting experts and association leaders to discuss next steps for building a sustainable industry.For more information, visit www.sustainablemeetingsconference.com.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
"I championed getting one of our clients to switch over to a more sustainable name badge holder. For the badge holder, we chose the EcoEndure Biodegradable Polypropylene badge, which is biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable. It was made of a lighter-weight plastic that was perfect for a short lived event. And--bonus--it was much cheaper than our usual badge that was made of recycled polypropylene!Feel free to join the forum and brag too!
There are so many "green" options out there for these products, it's really a matter of striking a balance of what will work best for attendees and what is best for the earth.
The 1000 attendees loved the holders (they were printed lightly with the words “Recyclable, Biodegradable, and Recyclable) and many of them commented that they were glad to see we had chosen a more sustainable option. They held up well through the course of the conference, and they ended up saving the client money. I’d call
that a green success!"
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
More and more of the conferences we manage have either eliminated shuttle service or increased the distance participants walk to the meeting site from their hotel. I have shared some of the creative ways to do this and now I want to share another more excellent idea.
The Endocrine Society held their Annual Meeting in Washington DC and skipped the shuttles in favor of the city's public transportation system and walkability. We are talking 9,000 attendees and exhibitors staying in 25 hotels. The result--"nary a complaint" according to the November, 2009, article in PCMA CONVENE. This saved their conference budget "six figures" and probably helped the figures (at least the health) of their conference community. Well done!
Read all about it http://www.pcma.org/Convene/Issue_Archives/November_2009/Innovative_Meetings.htm