Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Fourteen made-in-Canada sustainable event solutions

    Clean, green and beautiful outdoor spaces are a cornerstone of Canada’s destination image abroad. But did you also know Canada is home to some pretty cool sustainable event solutions? Check out these innovative programs that can help your next corporate event go green, with a little tint of red and white, too. Food donation made easy. Are you a caterer, chef, hotel or event organizer who wants to donate leftover food from your event but is unsure how to connect…

  • Measuring the impact of socially responsible events

    The lights have been turned off in the breakout rooms; the conference concierge desk has been dismantled, and the attendees have checked out of their hotel rooms. Whew! Finally… time to take a breath, enjoy a well deserved glass of wine and reflect on a job well done. Look around you. Do you see them? The faint footprints of social good – the inspiring influence that will linger long after the event is over. Do you hear it? The quiet…

  • Sustainability is an F-word

    You’d be within your rights if, as an event professional, you were feeling a bit Fatigued with the idea of “green events” and “event sustainability”. I mean it’s been at least 10 years of money saving tips, volunteer kit-making, recycling programs, carbon offsets and local, organic food: are we done yet? Fortunately, and unfortunately, no. While these various efforts have helped us take good steps forward, they’ve also reinforced the Fence around the sustainability silo. The bolt-on approach has delivered…

  • Ten green event hacks

    Some green event practices are challenging, but these 10 short-cuts help you hack your way to less waste, easier logistics, and may even save a little money! 1. Holder-free badges. I’d love to host a hack-your-badge-athon to design an eco-friendly, effective, efficient and exciting name badge. (If you’re with me leave a comment, we’ll talk!) Until then I’ll settle for one improvement: going holderless. Name badge holders typically contain a lot of undesirable plastic we can do with less of.…

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre is first Canadian venue to achieve international sustainability standard certification for meetings and events

    Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), Canada’s premier convention and meeting facility, has become the first conference venue in Canada to be certified to a new international sustainability standard. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Certification is awarded to venues that achieve high standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows, and conferences. The venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications…

  • Progress before perfection

    Small footsteps keep us moving forward Fear is a powerful thing: Fear that we will fail. Fear that someone will judge us unfairly. Fear holds us back. Stepping off the ledge and embracing the concept of sustainable meetings and events can be really scary. Where to begin? What do we do first? How do we convince our stakeholders, our clients, our staff? Are we doing it right? This then begs the question: What is the worst that could happen? During…

  • Six questions to find the sustainability – sponsorship sweet spot

    The road to event sustainability and social good sure is sweeter when it’s paved with a little sponsorship. While some “green” event practices save money or have a neutral budget effect, some efforts take additional resources of time or money. While budget can sometimes be included in registration and ticket costs, others are ideal opportunities for sponsorship. But how do you get started? And make sure it’s a win-win, low-risk prospect for you, and your sponsor? The following questions can…

  • Toronto gains international acclaim for sustainable meetings and events

    First city outside the U.S. to receive prestigious certification Tourism Toronto has become the first convention and visitors association outside of the United States to reach a new international sustainability standard.  The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Certification is awarded to destinations that achieve high standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows, and conferences. Tourism Toronto has been recognized as achieving Level One certification. “Toronto and our partners in the convention centres and hotel industry place a high…

  • In my expert opinion…

    Did that headline encourage your eyebrows to rise ever so slightly…or perhaps cause an eye roll? Are you thinking, “Pfft! How dare she call herself an expert!” An expert is defined as: A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area. It doesn’t mean that someone is the best, or the most knowledgeable on a specific subject or area; it simply means that they feel (or others feel) that their knowledge base is…

  • Green promotions that save water for events (even for little green men)

    It appears that green meetings specialist, Judy Kucharuk of Footprint Management Systems, and I are on the same subspace frequency. Her post, Green to the Last Drop: Five Easy Strategies to Reduce Your Water Footprint at Events, discusses some simple ways to reduce water use. I was already working on this post about reducing attendee water use based on my observations while on another planet: The Star Trek Convention. Okay, I confess. I’m a Trekkie! Not the costume wearing, arguing…

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