PYM’s Lisa Kraus continues her adventure in meeting sustainably…
Day two at the GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference brought attendees into a day-long, jam-packed schedule of several breakout sessions at the very green Colorado Convention Center. I loved being greeted by the convention center’s signature Blue Bear (right).
First, we were treated to a welcome address from GMIC president and co-founder Amy Spatrisano, CMP. She always delivers her speeches with poise and elegance, and today was no different. A proud moment for all GMIC delegates was Amy’s announcement that in seven years since the organization’s formation, we have grown to 577 members from 30 countries. Amy’s message, which she invited GMIC board members to enthusiastically help her deliver, was the unveiling of GMIC’s 2010 goals:
Vision of Success: By 2020, GMIC envisions a transformed meeting and event industry, driving towards sustainability, which…
- Achieves strategic goals that serve the economic environmental and social interests of all stakeholders.
- Incorporates the principles of sustainability as standard operating practices.
- Integrates international sustainability standards into its management, organization and reporting.
- Impacts positively on the local & global society through diversity and inclusivity.
- Promotes health, well-being, creativity and business effectiveness.
These goals were greeted with a standing ovation.
Next, we were all deeply engaged by the keynote speaker Annie Leonard (left), creator of The Story of Stuff. The Web site includes an interesting animated video that clearly outlines the global waste crisis. Her book is soon to be published in March. Annie spoke about environmental and health issues, and stated “We’re trashing our planet; we’re trashing each other; and we’re not even having fun doing it!”
Next up were the breakout sessions. Talk about having to make tough decisions! If I had mastered the ability to be in more than one place at a time, I would’ve attended them all. But…. I chose to first support PYM contributing columnist Midori Connolly (@GreenA_V) for her power session on green A/V (below). Who would’ve thought that A/V discussions could be so interesting?
Midori delivered! Her interactive session included audience polling and interaction, along with best A/V practices to be conscientious of during events. Her definition of green A/V included using better materials, implementing better practices, and improving profitability for events. Midori clearly outlined A/V best practices, which included researching products for responsible manufacturing, practicing proper waste management, tracking line-item costs, and reducing waste during the shipping process. Until tomorrow ….