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Green Event Planning Resources
Ultimate, all strategic event planners will be required to follow green event planning
practice; currently, we all should even if it isn’t required. There are a number or
organizations dedicated to green event planning and implementation. One of the oldest is: 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 and is a member of
the Convention Industry Council. For addition listings of green event assistance
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As with everything else that’s internet based, the green event resources evolve constantly.
As you begin to plan your green events, use your preferred search engine to find consultants,
suppliers, venues and information specific to your event type, budget and location. Some
of the most experienced global resources for green event planning follow: is leading the fight against global warming, making it
easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce an offset their
climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. The organization has
an on-site calculator that can determine your events carbon footprint, and the organization
can help you reduce or offset it. achieves its goals through:
* Climate change education * Carbon offsets and reductions
* Public outreach Ceres (pronounced “series”)
is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups
working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate
change. Its mission is to integrate sustainability into capital markets for the health of the
planet and its people. Its Green Hotel Initiative (GHI) is designed to increase and demonstrate
market demand for environmentally responsible hotel services. Cleaner and Greener is a program of Leonardo Academy dedicated
to advancing sustainability and environmental stewardship. It helps companies and organizations,
families, and individuals reduce air pollution that contributes to climate change and adversely
affects both human and environmental health. Leonardo Academy’s Cleaner and Greener for
Events program: * Calculates the emissions caused by energy
use associated with the event * Works with the event host to acquire the
level of emissions offsets that the event host chooses
* Recognizes the event for the level of offsets achieved the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to
devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
CGI has developed tools to help meeting and event planners take proactive green initiatives.
Because of its work, * More than 90 million acres of forest have
been protected or restored. * More than 400 million metric tons of CO2
emissions have been cut or abated. * Enough clean energy has been generated to
power more than 400,000 homes. The Green Restaurant Association
has been certifying restaurants for the past two decades as of 2011. Green Restaurant®
4.0 provides a comprehensive and user-friendly method of rewarding existing restaurants and
foodservice operations, new builds, and events with points in each of the GRA’s Seven Environmental
Categories; it advises and certifies food service establishments and events in the following:
* Water Efficiency * Waste Reduction and Recycling
* Sustainable Furnishings and Building Materials * Sustainable Food
* Energy * Disposables
* Chemical and Pollution Reduction This is an online directory
of businesses, many of which serve the event planning industry, that follow green practices.
Listings include: * Earth-friendly gifts
* Organic florists * Reused and recycled products
* And other environmentally friendly products and services is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international
reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. Eco-Cycle’s mission is to
identify, explore and demonstrate the emerging frontiers of sustainable resource management
through the concepts and practices of Zero Waste. They believe in individual and community
action to transform society’s throw-away ethic into environmentally-responsible stewardship.
They work with events to achieve zero waste on site. The International Ecotourism Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated
to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been in the forefront of the development
of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and
publications. TIES’ global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading the
efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity,
and sustainable community development. It has fostered many environmentally friendly
event destinations worldwide. This U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency site lists thousands of organizations that are helping support the
development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide while also helping protect the
environment. They are listed alphabetically and by categories such as travel and leisure,
printing, food service, media and publishing, business consumer goods and services and many
others that are valuable connections for green planners. Grass Roots Recycling Network is a national network of waste reduction activists
and recycling professionals. They set ambitious standards for Zero Waste goals and policies.
They provide opportunities for on-going meaningful participation in campaigns and build coalitions
to achieve zero waste policies, businesses and communities. They have a valuable website
and an active email listserve (called GreenYes) of many hundreds of knowledgeable experts
in both downstream recovery and upstream clean production issues, and are equipped to council
event planners on effective green policies and practices. “Green” Hotels are environmentally-friendly properties whose managers are eager to institute
programs that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste—while saving money—to
help save the planet. From adding “Drinking water served on request only” to the menu
to installing new HVAC systems, and with every measure in between, “Green” Hotels Association®
encourages, promotes and supports the “greening” of the lodging industry. For over sixteen
years “Green” Hotels Association® has been offering towel rack hangers and Sheet changing
cards which ask guests to consider using their linens more than once. These gentle reminders,
now found in thousands of hotel guest bathrooms, can save 5% on utilities alone. At least 70%
of guests can participate. They also publish a manual to assist managers in implementing
green practices. Planners can source green hospitality through their member database. Green Seal We develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products,
services and companies and offer third-party certification for those that meet the criteria
in the standard. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in
the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way since
1989. Their mission is to use science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers
and companies to create a more sustainable world. Geen Seal certifies environmentally
friendly event facilities and business that live up to their high standards. Living Tree Paper Company is a leader in developing printing and writing
papers made from non-wood fibers and post-consumer waste. By providing high-quality papers that
are environmentally responsible and economically sound, they are helping to minimize the environmental
impact of paper production and use. They offer coated and uncoated printing and writing papers
directly to printers, distributors and end-users. They also provide a complete range of printing
services, using soy-based inks. Provides green event planning
and consultation insuring environmentally friendly policies and practice across the
board in: * Site Selection Research
* Contract Negotiation * Meeting Logistics
* Budget Planning * Timeline Coordination
* Housing Management * Attendee Registration
* Event Communication * Sponsor Coordination
* Exhibit Space Management * Speaker Coordination
* Green Guideline Integration * Printed Materials Management
* Transportation Coordination * On-Site Management Native Energy is a climate solutions innovator and recognized leader
in the US carbon market, offering services that reduce carbon emissions to fight, global
warming. Since 2000, they have used their distinctive “help build” model to support
the construction of new wind farms, other renewable generation and carbon reduction
projects. Native Energy offers its customers carbon-solutions consulting services and carbon
offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs). They are a green event resource for anyone
planning events in and around Native American communities.’s mission is to be the leading national source for environmentally
responsible, economically sound paper. We supply paper with the greatest environmental
benefit while meeting the business needs of our customers. Our goal is to inspire — through
our success — a fundamental shift toward environmental responsibility in the paper
industry. New Leaf Paper leads the paper industry in the development and distribution of environmentally
superior printing and office papers that compete aesthetically and economically with leading
virgin-fiber products.’s goal is to help everyone
achieve Sustainability and ZeroWaste in the 21st century. Sound Resource Management Group,
Inc. has been working to shrink pollution footprints, reduce waste and conserve resources
throughout the US and Canada since 1987. They have experience working with hundreds of businesses,
governments, and non-profit organizations and are available to consult with green event
planners. is devoted to educating
visitors on the state of waste management in the U.S. and what you can do about it.
It can help event planners * Eliminate what you don’t really need.
* Minimize consumption and avoid toxins, imports, and shopping (buyer beware).
* Substitute with organic, biodegradable, home grown, hand-made, clean energy, and local
products. sums up our mutual green
event planning initiative very well: “Preserving the environment is now front and center. Unless
you’ve been living on Mars, you can’t avoid the conversations about sustainability
– the volume of the sustainability “buzz” has become deafening. Climate Change is affecting
the way the world conducts business and Corporate Social Responsibility, the umbrella word that
for years has described how companies affect and impact the lives of the people they touch,
has taken on a new meaning and renewed importance. There has never been a better time to introduce
sustainability and incorporate environmental considerations throughout all stages of a
program, from strategic planning to final reporting…” and there are hundreds of
resources available online to help you create and follow the roadmap to responsible events
and travel.

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