Cutting Waste & Going Green

Cutting Waste and Going Green

With the endless amount of thought, time, and energy that is put into creating unforgettable events, comes a great deal of waste – it is inevitable. Luckily, going green at events and meetings is becoming more and more accessible for planners. Here are a few ways to go the extra mile and promote sustainability at events:

  • Pick a green venue for your event. This will allow the process of creating a sustainable event to be streamlined for both the planner and the client. For example, the Pennsylvania convention Center is a LEED Gold certified venue due to initiatives that have focused on waste minimization and water conservation. When the venue and the planner are on the same page and desire the same outcome, the event tends to be more cohesive and successful for all parties involved!
  • Reduce the use of plastic water bottles by gifting each event attendee with a branded, reusable water bottle that they can use for the duration of the meeting or event. Less waste will be created and guests will take home a memorable keepsake that they can use for years to come.
  • Act local. Plan an event that reduces as much travel as possible. Staying local will reduce the need for transportation and allow guests to explore on foot or even by bike.
  • Find leftover items a good home.  Before tossing leftover food or meeting supplies, do some research to organizations that may take them!  This is a great way to show Corporate Social Responsibility in addition to doing the right thing.
  • Re-use!  The below centerpieces were reused from an opening reception, then used again for breakfast the next morning!