Thursday, March 10, 2011

Free Green Meeting Venue Checklist

Over 50% of participants on the GMIC webinar, Simple Steps to Choosing a Green Destination, yesterday include environmental criteria in their RFPs to meeting venues. Another 34% occasionally include criteria and only 13% are not making the request. Venues verify there has been a marked increase in organizations asking about environmental initiatives. Here is a quick list to include in your request for proposals if you are not already doing so.

Request the meeting venue implement the following procedures and practices during the meeting:

• Minimize energy use by reducing the lights, power and heat/air-conditioning during move in and move out times in the exhibit hall and turning off lights in meeting rooms when not in use.
• Purchase green or renewable energy (solar, wind, tidal).
• Provide collection bins, facilities, staffing and training necessary to recycle all glass containers, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles, table coverings, pallets, paper (newspaper, cardboard and other office paper), and grease.
• Conserve natural resources by purchasing and providing all paper bathroom supplies with minimum 35% post-consumer recycled content paper.
• Minimize pollution and human exposure to toxic compounds by using environmentally responsible cleaning products for carpets, floors, kitchens, and bathrooms bearing a third-party verified eco-label.
• Minimize air pollution by cleaning parking lots, sidewalks and driveways without the use of two-cycle combustion engines.

If you would like to learn more about choosing a green destination, watch the entire webinar on the GMIC website

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