You’ll be seeing even more green than usual the next time you visit Savannah, the Georgia city known for its tree-lined streets and annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The 33,000-sq. ft. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, which recycled 32 tons of materials in 2011, has stepped up its green-friendly strategies with a comprehensive plan […]
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is one of the biggest corporate buzz words of the past few years. But it’s one of those things that needs decoding to be effective. We hear about carbon footprints, LEED certification, and Energy Star standards, and while they are all important programs that keep corporations on their toes, what does […]
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 […]
By now, most of you have seen the “Top 10 best green practices for meeting planners.” We know plastic bottles are bad, compostable or recyclable disposables are good, china is better, and to never, ever use styrofoam. However, after finally wrapping our heads around what we need to produce a sustainable meeting, we are now […]
Stetson Convention Services, Inc. specializes in creating environmentally responsible trade show, exposition and event decorations. Reduce your environmental impact with their sustainable products like biodegradable tabletop coverings, paper-based banner material and materials printed with soy and water-based inks.
Want a quick snapshot of the current state of corporate America (and society at large, for that matter)? Look no further than your local team-building organization. The wave of the future: team building in cyberspace? David Goldstein of Massachusetts-based TeamBonding, predicts that traditional team building is going to evolve in some surprising ways as clients […]
While sustainable practices are increasing in popularity and implementation throughout our industry, there are still some basic questions planners have about how to get started and where to go from there. Over the next few months, this column will feature interviews with pioneers of sustainability within the meetings industry. We hope their stories will inform […]
What a year we experienced with 2008! We saw the greenest Democratic National Convention in history produced in Denver, witnessed the Summer Olympics in China, elected a new president and, unfortunately witnessed the deconstruction of our financial industry. Within the meetings and events industry, we also began to experience a shift in how we conduct […]
A sign above the podium at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia read “History Starts Now.” A video contrasting congested, polluted areas with virgin tracts of land flickered across the screens to either side of the stage. Then, Home Depot USA’s Senior Manager, Events Management, Audrey Davies addressed the crowd.
Congratulations, you have committed to planning your meetings and events in a more sustainable way! You have gained support from your executives and board members, and communicated your goals and expectations with vendors and attendees, implementing sustainable practices. What is next you may ask? Metrics! Metrics are the method of measuring an event’s impact on […]
With a heightened sense of environmental awareness and concern, meeting planners are looking to hotels and resorts to do their part to conserve. And it seems hoteliers have stepped up to the plate — and stepped up their game in the process. From low-flow toilets and waterless urinals to key card-activated master light switches and […]
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has given the Florida hotel industry a green incentive. Since Jan. 1, hotels have had to have Florida Green Lodging certification in order to be considered host sites for government-sponsored meetings. Currently, 54 Florida hotels have earned the “Green Lodging” designation from the Department of Environmental Protection; 207 hotels have applied […]
Advantage Rent A Car says it will become the first major American rental company to have a 100 percent “green” fleet of cars within the next 24 months, subject to manufacturer’s assistance and vehicle availability. On a local level, companies such as Elite Green Car in Atlanta already have converted to 100 percent eco-friendly fleets; national carriers such as Enterprise are converting portions of its fleet in select cities. But Advantage aims to make a nationwide commitment.
Doug Kennedy, president of the Kennedy Training Network, has compiled a useful list of tips to help you and your attendees become green travelers.
Greenconferencing.com, sponsored by InterCall, is a one-stop Web site for planners looking for information and ideas on reducing a meeting’s carbon footprint, conducting video conferences or Web meetings, and getting green news.
Las Vegas-based GES Exposition Services has expanded its menu of green exhibit offerings to include 100 percent recyclable carpets, some of which are produced from recycled content. Other offerings include 100 percent recycled-content carpet padding, digital press kits, and sustainable exhibition products, including biodegradable trash can liners, T8 lighting, and biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies. […]
The future is here, along with more technology, more networking opportunities, more budget demands… in fact, more demands for everything, including your time. 2008 may be more of 2007, but pick up the tips from our planners and you’ll be ready for a (somewhat) fresh start.
Six new questions to help travel buyers understand hotels’ environmental and dynamic pricing policies were added to the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) Modular Hotel RFP for the 2009 bid season.
With hotels upping the ante in the amenity wars on a monthly basis, it’s hard to keep up with all the new offerings. In a nutshell, here’s what’s new and bound to appear at a brand near you:
Buffet burners from Pineapple Hospitality replace traditional sterno warmers for chafing dishes, are re-usable and have an adjustable temperature setting. Properties that have made the switch include the MCM Grande in Odessa, Texas, and the Chateau on the Lake Resort in Branson, Mo.
Planners looking to raise attendance, align corporate concerns with a hot cause or present media outlets with an interesting story angle about their next event may want to go green.
An inventive way to help the environment by offsetting the carbon footprint of meetings and events.
Holland America Cruise Lines’ environmentally responsible policies were honored at Kuoni Switzerland’s 2006 Green Planet Awards.
New Orleans businesses, poolside drinks, ferry rides and “green” hotels.