Green Checklist

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Details, details. What if there were a checklist for green meetings that was quick, thorough and handy. Well, there is now, thanks to Gap Inc., which developed this Green Meeting Program, and the San Francisco CVB, which posted it (be sure to check out the new “ecothusiasm” segment on their website, onlyinsanfrancisco.com/green).   Hotels Lists…

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Organize A Green Event

Green Meetings Q&A with Paul Salinger and Shawna McKinley

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Frustrated, confused or tired of green or sustainable meetings? You’re not alone. Between diverse standards, complicated issues and conflicting priorities sometimes it can seem easier to not bother. Over the last ten years Paul Salinger and Shawna McKinley have seen a lot of event sustainability ups and downs while steering responsibility efforts for Oracle events….

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Green Scene: Q&A with Dave Weil

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Dave Weil, vice president of event services at SmithBucklin Each year, association-management company SmithBucklin negotiates and manages more than 1,500 conventions, meetings, trade shows and other special events on behalf of its clients. Like the meetings industry as a whole, the associations that work with SmithBucklin have shown an increasing interest in environmentally friendly events,…

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Green Scene: How Green Was My Event?

Green Meetings

There is suddenly a whole alphabet soup of sustainability tools out there for event organizers. With the recent release of documents that go by acroynms like CIC’s APEX/ASTM and GRI’s EOSS, the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) knows it’s a lot for green-minded planners to keep track of. “We’re trying to communicate how these things…

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The Green Standard

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For the last three years, the Convention Industry Council has spearheaded the effort to create the first comprehensive green meetings standard for our industry. To create a robust and all-inclusive set of standards, the CIC has partnered with ASTM International, a leader in international voluntary consensus standards, to vet these through its consensus-based approval process….

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Getting to know the Green Meetings Industry Council

Green Meetings

With all the talk about green meetings floating around the Internet, planners may feel overwhelmed by all the buzz words and initiatives. But how do they keep everything straight—from LEED certifications to green seal products to carbon offsets and composting? Recently we came across the Green Meetings Industry Council, an organization focused on the meetings…

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Efficient Strategies for Green Meeting Planning

Hotels & Resorts

It also concluded that, “During the course of those three days, that meeting attendee will account for the emission of more than 1,400 pounds of greenhouse gases—the amount a typical driver produces driving his or her car for a month.” These statistics demonstrate very clearly how one meeting can multiply our ecological footprint.   It…

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The Jolly Green Giant

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is practicing what it preaches, in the placement of travel spend. The agency, which budgets about $50 million for travel annually, has added “environmental achievement” to the list of factors that determine which hotels will get its business. In addition to a hotel’s price and past performance, a 14-point checklist…

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Eco-Friendly Features Are Gaining Ground In Meetings Industry

Meeting Planning

…and trade-show providers for eco-friendly practices within the meetings and conventions industry. Meeting planners are increasingly going green, and it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. An increased awareness of the need to protect the earth’s environment has turned into a groundswell of support from planners, hotels, convention centers and trade-show providers for eco-friendly practices within the…

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8 Original, Useful and Fun Swag Bag Ideas

Meeting Planning

Sugarfina candies There is an art to creating the perfect swag bag. While it can be a fantastic opportunity to impress and enthrall attendees, it can also be a colossal waste of money. Something unoriginal, such as a brand pen, might find its home in the garbage mere hours after an event. After an event,…

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