Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Sustainable exhibit design: How one Canadian company is changing exhibits for good

    In a big design and production facility in Brampton Ontario, one exhibit company is revolutionizing how their corporate event clients save money, reduce waste and fight climate change. Meet The Taylor Group. You may not know them, but odds are you know their work, having designed experiences for 30 of the top 50 brands in the world. In fact, Time Magazine recently identified their work for Intel as the Number One most eye-catching booth at CES 2015 (photo below). Now…

  • Green Key Global and La Tablée des Chefs partner to reduce food waste in the hotel industry

    Green Key Global and La Tablée des Chefs are proud to announce their new partnership. With this collaboration, the two organizations who both promote sustainable development among the hotel industry wish that a maximum of hotels will mobilize in the food waste cause. By partnering with Green Key Global, La Tablée des Chefs relies on the support of the association to promote its service to its members’ institutions. The efforts invested by hotels in the reduction of food waste will…

  • How to get sustainable events working for your corporate event marketing group

    Sustainable event efforts are nice and all, but how do you get them working for you, instead of feeling like they’re just a lot of extra work? Especially if you’re a big event marketing department with diverse activities that span different cities? Intel Event Marketing has been exploring sustainable events since 2008, starting with their flagship Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Since this time their efforts have expanded to include 51 events in North America, Latin America, Europe and…

  • Three key areas for improvement in the events industry

    It’s a new world, or is it? Just when I think we are making leaps ahead in how we are managing and delivering meetings, events and group experiences, something happens that makes me think, perhaps we are not. I have the opportunity to go to many conferences and events as part of my job and feel very fortunate for a number of reasons. The opportunities abound to see colleagues and friends from (literally) around the world, to learn from experienced…

  • 25 ways your event can give back

    Did you know… If every participant at a tradeshow in Canada helped assemble relief kits, it would benefit over two million people in need? If guests at incentive programs in Canada volunteered for just 30 minutes, it would make half a million hours of difference? And if every convention attendee in the country brought a single non-perishable food item with them, it would contribute almost 7,000 metric tons of food to those in need across the country? Corporate events have…

  • Hybrid meetings: The sustainability silver bullet?

    In recent years the event industry has made great strides in support of sustainability. We have much to cheer about! More professionals than ever are engaging in sustainable events. Publishers like Corporate Meetings Network continue to share tips about the topic. Industry suppliers, including hotels, venues and general services contractors, have embedded environmental management systems that are achieving real waste and carbon reductions. Worldwide, event volunteer projects are having great social benefit. While important, this cheerleading can lull us into…

  • Planner shift: Keeping up with change to create more meaningful meetings

    In a recent article, I looked at six shifts I have noticed in the past few years of planning meetings and events. This week I will look at what we can do to keep up in practical ways with these shifts and create even more meaningful meetings. Food and beverage becoming healthier and more responsive to the many allergens and dietary concerns is one shift that should be quite easy to keep up with, as convention centres and hotels throughout…

  • Be a green road warrior with these 11 sustainable business travel tips

    Corporate event professionals know the ins and outs of business travel: how to get best fares, speed through a security line and earn coveted rewards. But how do you turn your road warrior a deeper shade of green through lower-impact, sustainable business travel decisions? The obvious choice: stay home. However for many of us, this limits the business outcomes we’re looking for, which can only be earned through face-to-face connections. So for those times when Skype and Google Hangouts just…

  • Green Key Global launches v2.0 of its Green Key Meetings Certification Program

    Green Key Global (GKG), in partnership with MPI Foundation Canada, announces the release of version 2.0 of the Green Key Meetings Program, a comprehensive environmental assessment tool for facilities, both lodging and non-lodging, that host meetings of any scale. Developed with the assistance of senior meeting planner professionals, the program has been updated to ensure incorporation of current meeting practice elements as well as to complement the well-known APEX/ASTM Green Meetings Standards. “The MPI Foundation is proud to continue its…

  • Rethink 2014: Six shifts occurring in the world of corporate events

    My how things have changed in the past two decades. We have slowly shifted to keep pace with these changes in the corporate events industry and the expectations of the guest. As our world shifts around us so quickly we can barely keep pace, we’re learning to become more agile and adjust to the landscape. Some of the changes which have struck me as significant I share below, and I welcome comments from those you have experienced. Shifts in food…

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