Creating a green meeting is a big job.
If you think about the number of conventions, conferences, and meetings taking place around the country, it is staggering. Huge numbers of people fly to a city to learn more about what is happening in their industries, share information and ideas and fly home. Along the way, they generate a huge amount of waste.
If you are organizing a large meeting or convention together finding ways to cut waste can make your meeting more enjoyable, less costly and a lot more sustainable.
But how? There are many resources for you.
The first I would suggest is the Green Meeting Industry Council, which is a conglomerate of industries serving the green meeting industry (yes it is an industry).
The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is the premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry, not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards. GMIC is a non profit professional meetings association with member representation in over 20 countries. The GMIC is 100% focused on advancing sustainability in the meetings industry, helping leaders of all levels, Join us!
The EPA. Yes indeed, the EPA has a resource to help you green your meetings.
BlueGreen Meetings – part of the Green Meeting Industry Council, but a bit easier to navigate “Environmentally responsible meetings are not only good for the earth, they’re great for business. Planning or supplying a green meeting gives you the competitive edge, a great reputation, and can save you time and money in the process.”
Too much to do and look into by yourself? Don’t worry. There are plenty of people out there to help you.From information nd ways to calculate your footprint to actually taking the burden from you and organizing things. We are just listing a few place we found – Look around! A lot of people want to help you!
go green meetings – These folks can help you put it together.
Meetings.net – full on information and resources
PCMA – According to Professional Meeting Management®, fifth edition (PMM), a green meeting is defined as incorporating environmental considerations throughout all stages of the meeting in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment (Chapter 23).
Not to belabor the point, but whatever you do, don’t hand out vinyl binders. Not only are they ugly and toxic, they are nearly impossible to recycle. Not to toot our own horn, but Naked Binder makes a really beautifully designed product, that is sustainable, strong and will impress the socks off of your convention goers. On top of all that, a Naked Binder can be easily customized making you look like the super hero of information. Here is a binder Murillo Design created: