It's Easy Being Green: Choices Expand for Environmentally Friendly Meetings
By Bruce Fears President, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging | October 2008
As "green" options in the meeting and conference industry expand, environmentally conscious event planners, organizers and companies are finding that going "green" not only helps save the planet and resources, but also offers a wealth of other benefits and advantages.
If you've ever considered having a "green meeting," or pondered the advantages of holding a conference or training session at an environmentally conscious conference center, there are a few things to consider before going "green." As the following questions and answers demonstrate, green meetings can help save the planet and yield real rewards for your attendees and your budget.
What exactly is a "green meeting?"
After convening a Task Force on this topic, the Convention Industry Council presented this definition: "A green meeting or event incorporates environmental considerations to minimize its negative impact on the environment."
The Task Force met in 2003 to create minimum best practices for event organizers and suppliers to use as guidelines for implementing policies of sustainability. The Council's Green Meetings Report also presents guidelines for running environmentally friendly events.
Will a green meeting or training session feel different from a regular event?