Green Meetings

What is a Green Meeting or Event?

A green meeting or event incorporates environmental considerations to minimize its negative impact on the environment.  Green or environmental considerations are one aspect of sustainability.  Sustainablity takes a "triple bottom line" approach that seeks to balance the social, environmental, and economic concerns against business needs.

What are the Benefits of Green Meetings & Events?

  • The Economic Bottom Line – Planning and executing environmentally sustainable events isn’t just about being environmentally responsible, they can have economic benefits for the event organizer. In fact, many environmental activities can actually save money.
    • Example: collecting name badge holders for reuse at an event of 1,300 attendees can save approximately $975 for the event organizer.**
  • The Environmental Bottom Line – Using recycled materials, recycling materials used, reusing items and reducing materials used can significantly lessen the environmental impact an event has.

    • Example: if a five-day event serves 2,200 people breaks, breakfasts, lunches and receptions using china instead of plastic disposables, it prevents 1,890 lbs. of plastic from going into a landfill.**
    • Example: Not pre-filling water glasses at banquet tables during three days of served lunches for 2,200 attendees will conserve 520 gallons of water.**

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 **Information provided by MeetGreen