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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 […]
As meetings incorporate more and more green programs, the most delicious way to accomplish your eco-event goals and educate your attendees about your actions is through food and beverage. Below are tips to work with your caterers to provide green food to reward your attendees during their long meeting days. Local When building your menu, […]
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.
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 […]
Thirty minutes southwest of Atlanta, a sustainable farming community with accommodations and meeting space has opened up and is making big news. Described in the New York Times travel section as a “utopian experiment in New Urbanism being molded out of red Georgia clay,” Serenbe has two farm-to-table restaurants, the Farmhouse at Serenbe and the […]
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 […]
Eat Naturally, a new catering program focused on delivering menu items that are fresh, local, organic and sustainable, is available at select Hilton and Doubletree hotels in Southern California.
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. […]