From brown to green: Change the environmental color of your meetings with these real-world tips.
IMEX America 2015, which runs Oct. 13-15 in Las Vegas, is focusing on sustainability issues, including waste reduction and education.
The 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference runs June 17-19 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta.
Personal service, healthy lifestyles and convenience are what hotel customers value most, according to a study from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Lodging Survey, sponsored every two years by AH&LA, has been assessing industry trends since 1988. The 2014 survey was conducted by STR, which polled 9,600 hotels across the country. Key findings: […]
Florida’s Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received the Florida Green Lodging Program’s Three-Palm rating for its eco-friendly initiatives. Palm ratings range from one to a high of four.
How wasteful is the meetings, incentive, convention and exhibition industry? No one knows for sure because the industry largely lacks a way to track how much waste it produces. That may change with the Green Venue Report, which recently published its first review of convention center sustainability efforts. The report addressed three main questions: 1) […]
For the second consecutive year, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., the city’s first and only Silver LEED-certified hotel, has been named Best of the West 2014 by readers of Meeting Focus Magazine.
Next to construction, meetings create more waste than any other U.S. industry. Planners can drive change.
Greenbiz.com recently listed its Top 10 cities for sustainable events in 2014. This year’s list is the first to come out since the Convention Industry Council and the Green Meetings Industry Council released it acronym-heavy ASTM/APEX standards for sustainable meetings. ASTM/APEX is a set of nine formal, voluntary standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions […]
When GMIC’s 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference convenes in San Francisco in April, it will put words into action and lead by example. The goal of the April 15-17 event: Use sustainable strategies to limit the amount of waste generated, Green House gases emitted and water consumed and, in short, leave San Francisco a bit more eco-friendly than it […]
The Green Meeting Industry Council has announced a new association management partnership with Nardone Consulting Group, a company that specializes in managing state, regional, national and global professional trade associations. The partnership is designed to ensure that GMIC remains a leading resource on sustainability, increasing brand awareness and cultivating value for members and the broader […]
In the midst of this holiday season, you may have the color green on your mind. But we’re not talking Christmas trees or dollar bills here, we’re talking about green meetings. And that’s a green that’s good all year long.
Hotels that contribute the most soap to Clean the World‘s global hygiene campaign usually are located in bigger cities — New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, among them. Usually. But not always. In Missouri, Harrah’s North Kansas City has collected more than 10,000 pounds of soap and 4,000 pounds of bottled amenities since signing […]
The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is saving energy starting at the top. In this case, on the roof.
The Green Meeting Industry Council this week launched a campaign called “Ask For It!” in support of the APEX/ASTM standards for sustainable meetings completed and published earlier this year. For the acronym-challenged, APEX/ASTM stands for “Accepted Practices Exchange” and the “American Society for Testing and Materials.” The campaign is meant to raise awareness of the […]
As the third edition of IMEX America prepares to open in Las Vegas this week, it seems the mood of America is moving in the right direction — government lockdown or not. The results from the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism survey show a very slight increase of 1 percent (to a total of […]
A new rain harvest system at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta will save the hotel $30,000 a year on water and allow to depend less on city water.
The Green Meeting Industry Council is launching a Certificate in Sustainable Event Planning program designed to create a new class of sustainable-event practitioners. The students will be charged with creating, guiding and implementing the sustainability goals and performance outcomes for the 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference in San Francisco in April next year. Adult learners who […]
Green projects are in the rise in the lodging industry, according to a Green Retail and Hospitality Smart/Market Report released this month by McGraw Hill Construction. The uptick is attributed to more and more hoteliers recognizing how green practices can lower operating costs and improve consumer satisfaction. The study defined a green building project as […]
The spider’s ability to maintain balance is something to which any sustainability devotee should aspire.
Is it feasible to expect a U.S. show to meet the same sustainability level as Germany? A case study.
IMEX America‘s latest Index of Optimism shows that many in the meetings and event industry are more upbeat about business today than they were a year ago. The survey, taken in March, polled 400 North Americans — 70 percent buyers, 30 percent suppliers — to see how they felt about the industry’s prospects in the […]
At the end of the day it’s about the story, and the Method story is remarkable. Truly one of the best keynotes that I have been fortunate enough to attend. It created a spark that will fuel me for a long, long time.
Green meetings challenge the business model of consumption by looking at how we manage and consume resources, and much more.
Personal passion for sustainability is key to changing how people think about it and whether they act on it, says Brian Hunt, an account executive for Maritz Travel. Hunt will share stories and best practices for igniting change on Wednesday at the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) 2013 Sustainable Meetings Conference in Chicago. The four-day […]
By 2014, all of Marriott’s international hotels will be part of Clean the World‘s campaign to save lives. The nonprofit collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps and other hygiene amenities to communities in need around the world, with the help of hotel partners. Since 2009, Marriott hotels in North America have collected almost 1 million soap […]
Every Econo Lodge hotel in this United States will turn green this year, the first national economy hotel chain to do so. They will be implement the Choice Hotels Room to Be Green (RTBG) program, which is designed to reduce environmental impact and waste, meet the changing expectations of today’s environmentally conscious guests and potentially […]
These 18 minimum requirements should be achievable at almost any event.
When attendees at GMIC’s annual Sustainable Meetings Conference convene in Chicago in April, they’ll hear a keynote address from Method Products co-founder Eric Ryan. Ryan, a designer and marketer, teamed with boyhood friend Adam Lowry, a chemical engineer, in creating the San Francisco corporation known for its nontoxic, biodegradable natural cleaning supplies sold in minimalistic […]
We need action more than words at this point.
It’s surprising how much green-meetings standards relate to everyday life. Here are some examples.
As IMEX America heads toward its second-ever event, officials are sharing key findings about the inaugural trade show’s sustainability efforts. IMEX America is an extension of IMEX in Frankfurt, the worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel. According to sustainability consultants MeetGreen, IMEX America used 66.4 tons of recycled material and avoided a carbon footprint […]
More than 20 hotel companies, including a lot of big names, have agreed to adopt a standard system for measuring their hotels’ carbon footprint, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.
IMEX Frankfurt, the trade show for the worldwide meetings, incentive travel and events industry, closed Thursday with IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom announcing a 21 percent increase in individual buyer appointments made with exhibitors during the show. More than 64,000 appointments took place over the three-day trade show, he said, with 40,000 of those made […]
A recent global forecast found that meeting planners worldwide consider the environment more and more often in their planning processes and actively look for ways to include green elements in their meetings.
Of course there’s a virtual option. It’s easily the most carbon-neutral way to participate in a conference. And it’s one way people can attend the Green Meeting Industry Council’s 2012 Sustainable Meetings Conference in Montreal April 22-25. Another way is to monitor the Twitter conversation by following @GMICconference and the #GMIC hashtag. But perhaps the […]
Thanks to an unique partnership with The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program, contributions from the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) has helped plant 1,123 native seedlings and restored 3.7 acres across America since 2008. As the trees grow, they will offset an estimated 1,342 tons of carbon dioxide. The VCB’s mission is to […]
Three years ago, the groups who brought you the CMP (the Convention Industry Council), the Clean Air Act (the Environmental Protection Agency) and standards for what kind of metals are safe to build rail roads (ASTM International) joined with the Green Meeting Industry Council to begin work on the APEX Green Meeting Standards. The APEX […]
Take your ideas about planning green meetings and sustainable events to the next level by attending the 2011 Green Meeting Industry Council’s Sustainable Meetings Conference Feb. 20-23 in Portland, Ore., which Plan Your Meetings is proud to sponsor. Using an innovative approach to learning, the conference will engage attendees using principles from the online gaming […]
As I travel to different trade shows and conferences speaking on “Green Initiatives,” I am both proud and disappointed by much of what is happening. Yes, all of the exposure and emphasis that has been put on being more socially responsible and sustainable is sinking in. And, much progress is being made to better our […]
Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into your meetings and events is how you move beyond greening your function and start making your program affect the sustainability of the company, the community and planet. A CSR program allows your event program, and by association your client or company, to leave a legacy in the host community. […]
We are all aware of how much emphasis has been put on being more eco-friendly. As a kid, I heard about ecology. Now, I hear about “greener meetings,” and sustainable practices are much more at the forefront of our industry. You may want to do your part, but not know how to even begin to […]
I started my career in green events through attendee engagement. I was working on a martini festival in a county with a sheriff infamous for denying event permits for events with alcohol. As event organizers, we had concerns over the liability of promoting a drinking event and the potential risk of drunk drivers. Knowing that […]
AmpliVox Sound Systems is making and selling portable PA systems and podiums that are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) compliant. AmpliVox, the 40 year-old audio system specialist in Chicago, meets these requirements in nearly all of the wood products it manufactures. To help stretch forest resources, it uses particle […]
In “Meeting technology 101,” I discussed some technologies that save meeting planners time. Now I’d like to look at some of the tools that can save you money…
What fun is going green if you can’t look great while doing it? Design makes its way into every type of event, whether it is the professional aesthetic of a corporate meeting or elaborate creations for high-end weddings. Adding eco-friendly practices to creating event ambiance is much like greening other aspects of your events. Start […]
Discussions about green communications are a hot and large topic. It opens up subjects such as social media, phone apps, attendee interaction and ability to track ROI. Meeting planners are always challenged to keep one step ahead in wowing attendees with the latest transfers of information or even just finding the most efficient ways to […]
With the recent celebration of Earth Day, I was reminded of the approach many corporations are taking to institute sustainable practices not only into their organization, but also their meetings and events. This month’s profile focuses on a planner who is determined to make a difference. Joe Salazarte is manager of the meeting and event services department for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic meetings management for all businesses of Cox (Enterprises, Communications, Auto Trader, Cox Media Group and Manheim). Additionally, Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Meeting Industry Council – Atlanta Chapter and the Atlanta’s Table Advisory Board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
If you want to expand your meeting’s audience, you need to understand how livestreaming content works. Here are some tips to get you started.
By Lisa Kraus The third and final day of the Green Meeting Industry Council’s Sustainable Meetings Conference began with an open business meeting and general session, led by incoming GMIC president Guy Bigwood (@guybigwood). Guy’s discussion focused on growing awareness and members, and included the unveiling of his GMIC manifesto: “At GMIC, we are thought […]
Special report from Lisa Kraus. The second session I attended at the Green Meeting Industry Council’s Sustainable Meetings Conference on day two was all about the benefits of virtual meetings. As someone who champions live events (especially PYM LIVE Events), it is difficult for me to accept why a company would choose a virtual meeting. […]
It may seem pretty obvious that I plan on attending the Green Meeting Industry Council’s (GMIC) upcoming Sustainable Meetings Conference. After all, it is being hosted at the Colorado Convention Center (the facility at which I hold the position of Sustainable Programs Manager) and the host chapter is GMIC-Colorado (of which I am President). However, […]
For many planners, one of the biggest hesitations to begin implementing green practices is not cost or desire, it is the fear of not doing enough, thereby not being considered green … but a greenwasher! What exactly is greenwashing? Wikipedia defines greenwashing as: “the practice of companies disingenuously spinning their products and policies as environmentally […]
A first step for many planners when they decide to implement sustainable practices is to develop a waste management plan. This is a logical start because not only is it highly visible, but waste is an area in which we have the greatest amount of influence. However, where and how to begin, and in what […]
The industry has been abuzz with talks about the soon to be released APEX Green Meetings and Events Practice Standards. During the months of August and September, several City Discussion Groups were held to discuss the nine standards of meeting sustainably. The standards are a response to a much needed demand for consistency within the industry as to what constitutes a “green meeting.” The standards also act as a roadmap for planners and suppliers who wish to implement sustainable practices, but do not know where to begin…
One of the most crucial, yet overlooked components of a successful sustainable program is development of a Staff Policy. This policy encompasses training and education programs, management and philosophy. Regardless of infrastructure and good intention, a sustainable program lacking strong policy and support will never succeed. The reason being, not only does an official staff […]
I write this article while in Salt Lake City attending a meeting regarding the APEX/CIC Green Meeting Standards currently being developed. For those unfamiliar with the standards, they are a consensus based and being created to help planners, suppliers, and vendors implement sustainable practices within their events. The standards are a response to an industry […]
On average, events and meetings produce 20 pounds of waste per person, per day. Those same attendees produce an average of five pounds of waste each day they’re at home. If every meeting planner made an effort to reduce the waste produced during their meetings or events, it could make a huge difference.
Every month I interview leaders within the various sectors in the meetings and events industry, focusing on the steps they are taking towards implementing sustainable practices. This month, I talk with Tim Stein, the director of operations for Levy Restaurants, the food and beverage contractor for Denver’s Pepsi Center.
The first time your boss says, “I want a green meeting,” it can be stressful, especially if you’ve never thought about how your events impact the environment. Here are five simple ways you can green your meetings and events. 1. Do an eco-audit Ask building or facilities managers to keep track of how much energy […]
In last month’s article we heard from meeting and events planner, Jaime Nack, regarding ways planners can implement sustainable practices. This month, we are asking the same questions of the hotel industry. :: Scott Morgan, Director of National Group Sales Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group, LLC 11-year hospitality industry veteran 5 years’ experience implementing sustainable […]
In my last column, we discussed different ways and benefits of obtaining a commitment to meeting green from association and company executives. This commitment is a necessary first step in order to get the support that is often needed to incorporate change into the way your meetings are planned. Once this is established by executives […]
As meeting professionals, we are aware of the current focus on green meetings. Many of us are beginning to take the preliminary actions to go green, but we’re hitting roadblocks when attempting more advanced practices. Roadblocks may come in the form of lack of company funds, internal unwillingness to change behavior or resistance from vendors, […]
The meetings industry is changing, and some may say not a moment too soon. Being the second most wasteful industry (behind the construction industry), any opportunity we have to reduce our impact on the environment is significant. While many of us are aware that action and change is necessary, we may not know where to […]
“We have the second most wasteful industry (behind the construction industry),” said Lindsay Smith, the sustainability program administrator for the Colorado Convention Center. “Therefore, we can make a big impact with little change.”
Some of the baby steps meeting professionals can take towards sustainability include: converting to digital rather than paper-based communications for invitations, registration, handouts and surveys; replacing bottled water with water-filling stations and reusable cups …
The thoughts and ideas of our Town Hall participants at Table Five.