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 Cancun CVB is partnering with a consulting company to promote sustainability in such Mexican destinations as Cancun, Isla Contoy, Isla Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morales.
it’s important to look at everyone involved in a show — from the convention center staff, general contractor, security providers and caterers to the exhibitors, attendees and AV providers — as sustainability stakeholders.
Companies traditionally replace exhibit booths every five years, but that isn’t necessary or wise.
Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza, the largest Green Seal Silver Level-certified convention hotel in the Southeast, is giving meeting attendees a behind-the-scenes look at its sustainability, conservation and environmental-efficiency practices.
The 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference runs June 17-19 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta.
London’s 185-suite Burleigh Court hotel and conference center is the first British property to achieve a Gold standard through the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s new assessment criteria. It earned Gold standard status the two previous calendar years as well. The property has meeting space for up to 200 attendees, can accommodate 240 for dinner and, […]
When you think of green meeting destinations, what cities spring to mind? San Francisco? Portland, Ore.? Atlanta? If Atlanta doesn’t, it should. Here’s why: Atlanta has the world’s largest LEED-certified convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center. The first chapter of the global Green Meeting Industry Council incorporated in Atlanta in 2009. The city’s focus […]
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) […]
The Georgia World Convention Center is about 27 percent more energy efficient than an average building of similar size and characteristics.
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.
For those of you keeping score, AH&LA has accepted the minimum eco-friendly requirements of the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program as part of its new green guidelines. That means accommodations meeting AH&LA guidelines will also qualify for the TripAdvisor program. To apply, lodging properties can visit green.tripadvisor.com. To view AH&LA’s additional 65 guidelines, including ROI, best practices and […]
The IMEX Group’s annual sustainability report shows that the U.S. trade show is getting greener and greener. The 2013 report, compiled and audited by IMEX sustainability partner, MeetGreen, shows that the U.S. trade show’s overall compliance with APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards improved 9 percent. That’s an overall compliance rate of 72 percent for the […]
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 […]
Submissions are now being accepted for the annual 2014 IMEX-GMIC Green Awards, which recognize the sustainability practices encouraged by both IMEX and the Green Meeting Industry Council. The IMEX-GMIC awards — the first in the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry to recognize outstanding achievement in green meetings planning, sustainability and corporate social responsibility […]
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 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 […]
As it approaches, EIBTM 2013, the global meetings industry and events exhibition, is supporting exhibitors with tips and advice to ensure they adopt a sustainable approach to their participation. The show takes place Nov. 19-21 in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. To help guide the conversations, EIBTM has announced its Top 10 tips for exhibitors planning […]
The spider’s ability to maintain balance is something to which any sustainability devotee should aspire.
As IMEX in Frankfurt wraps up the facts and figures from its May exhibition and looks toward next year, organizers are drawing a number of conclusions. They also report that this year’s event ended on a record high, with a 33 percent increase in appointments between buyers and exhibitors compared to the previous exhibition. A […]
Is it feasible to expect a U.S. show to meet the same sustainability level as Germany? A case study.
Oracle Corp., Enterprise Holdings and Green Hotels Global are the 2013 winners of GBTA and Project ICARUS’ Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards. The awards recognize travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best-in-class sustainability programs, products and services in North America. Oracle, a computer technology company based in Redwood […]
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.
As IMEX America looks toward its third annual gathering in Las Vegas in October, organizers are reviewing sustainability numbers from the 2012 event — and feeling pretty good. One of their goals was to balance trade-show growth with event quality and environmental responsibility. Audited results from MeetGreen show strong performance in several key areas. Some […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In our final interview with green meeting industry leaders, we talk with Rachel Benedick, vice president of sales and services for Visit Denver, the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). CVBs are often the first contact planners have when choosing a site for their meeting or event. In recent years, because of the increase in requests […]