Partnering with venues that are LEED-certified and have sustainability plans in place is the most efficient way event organizers can plan more sustainable events. But, as the inaugural Green Venue Report by Greenview and Twirl Management found, only 20 percent of meeting and event planners coming into environmentally friendly facilities are asking sales teams how they can reduce waste and increase efficiencies.
That discovery inspired the Green Meeting Industry Council to develop a series of sustainably minded RFP addendum and the Ask For It campaign.
What new surprises will the 2015 Green Venue Report uncover? What initiatives will it inspire after its publication in September 2015?
That depends on which facilities participate. All convention and exhibition facilities are invited to participate in the Green Venues Report survey. Questions cover a wide range of areas, including: energy efficiency, waste management, water usage, F&B, cleaning practices, staff involvement, communications and certifications. The report provides industry benchmarks for sustainability and an analysis of the venues’ progress, best practices, aggregate impact and innovations.
Facilities don’t have to hold certifications or have APEX-approved green-meeting standards policies in place to participate in the survey. They don’t even have to be based in America. The goal is to capture what’s happening in the global events industry to get a bigger idea of the positive impact these venues can have on the environment and where there is still potential to change.
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