Global Meetings Industry Day is upon us! If you missed it last year, North American Meetings Industry Day was a huge success so this year, on April 14th, it’s going global. Because, let’s face it, our industry is pretty awesome. So, as you prepare for your own personal celebration of GMID, Koncept Events’ Director of Culture Courtney Lohmann, who also happens to be recognized by the Green Meetings Industry Council as a Certified Sustainable Events Professional (aka, a big deal), has put together some easy tips to make your next meeting sustainable. You can see her whole list on the GMID WEBSITE, but in the meantime, here are a few of our favorites!
Pre-Event: Develop a Recycling Plan
How and where you are going to recycle from the event is something that should be on every planner’s pre-event checklist. This can be something as simple as putting bins out for plastic and glass bottles to coordinating with a local food agency who will re-purpose your leftover food. The great part about this is, there are so many organizations out there who are ready to help you, sometimes all it takes is a quick phone call and it’s taken care of. Ah, we love delegating!
During the Event: Water Stations!
You know when you go to the spa and the flavored water just makes the whole experience better? Well guess what, the same goes for your event! So instead of putting down pre-filled water glasses at each table, create a central water station and infuse water with melon, cucumber mint or mixed berries. Even get a little crazy with it and throw in some lavender. You’ll cut down on water waste and at the same time, give your attendees some added “ahh” moments. Bonus tip – reusable bottles from companies like S’WELL and HYDRO FLASK make great attendee gifts PLUS they are each committed to giving back. So…it’s pretty much a win all around! Go water stations!!
Post Event: Start Planning for Next Year!
Did those agendas you had to pay rush printing fees for get left behind on chairs? Did three empty tables in the back of the room go unused, leaving the preset salads to wilt? Did people love the S’WELL bottle in their gift bag but not the flyer for 15% off a car wash? Take note of it all. Right after the event is the time to sit down and review ways to improve your sustainability plan for the next time around. Pay attention to the things that people do naturally like leave behind paper agendas and plan for ways to turn that into a sustainable effort like digital display agendas. Check for things you missed this time around but would be an easy change for future programs. The great thing about sustainability is that it’s an ongoing process. So make small changes every program, and you’ll be planning green in no time!
Remember the 5 R’s!
Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle!