I just returned from a conference for work. Every communication we got, we heard about how the conference is green this year.
The presentations were available for download before the conference - no paper copies were available.
The bags were grocery bags from organic materials instead of the usual totes.
There were no water bottles to be found. They touted getting a travel mug when you were arrived, but none were to be found.
The badge lanyards were made of reclaimed and recycled materials.
But I'm wondering, while it was a good start, it felt more like a cost-reduction effort than a strong step towards being green.
For you party planners out there, check out what others are doing:
The NYU Hospitality Industry's reception food at designated green stations is grown locally, on New York and New Jersey farms. And their conference program book and quick reference guide were printed with soy ink on 30% recycled paper.
The NMBMA is donating excess materials to worthy causes. They're eliminating floral centerpieces and decreasing the number of shuttle trips between conference venues, making sure all hotels are within walking distance.
The Utility Payment Conference is promoting using public transportation to get to its event and using online tools whenever possible.
The NMC is contributing a portion of the conference revenues to offset direct emissions resulting from the venue space, hotel, meals and the travel of NMC staff, the NMC Board of Directors, and all the major speakers.
What are your suggestions for making conferences or corporate travel greener?