A typical five day conference with 2,500 attendees uses 62,500 plates, 87,500 napkins, 75,000 cups/glasses and 90,000 cans and bottles. Green meetings are a good way to save money. What makes a meeting Green?
- Incorporating environmental considerations throughout the planning and implementation process to minimize the negative impact on the environment.
Creating a green meeting:
- Provide recycling bins in public areas and private rooms.
- Use cloth napkins and tablecloths.
- Use glass or ceramic coffee mugs instead of Styrofoam or paper.
- Use water coolers instead of bottled water.
- Donate extra food and refreshments to local shelters or food banks.
- Serve locally grown or organic food if possible. (Locally grown is usually within 100 mile radius.)
- Use online invitations or registration.
- Collect and reuse plastic nametag holders.
- Use reusable or recyclable signage.
- Place exhibitor information on CD or online to cut down on handouts.
- Minimize travel requirements. A shorter distance equals less environmental impact.
- Encourage public transportation when possible, and provide incentives to guests in the form of free passes for buses, light rail, etc.
- Schedule activities within walking distance of each other.
For additional environmentally-friendly tips, please visit Green Tips.