Led by Jill Taub Drury and the team at Drury Design Dynamics, the New York Metro Chapter of ISES (International Special Events Society) presented its second annual Sustainability Summit at the Rubin Museum of Art this past Tuesday, April 3rd. The ambitious late afternoon/evening program included educational workshops, presentations and an expert panel discussion. After being well educated and inspired, attendees were invited to mingle with experts and other guests in a stylish alternative to the traditional trade show floor, dubbed “Marketplace 2.0.” Add the sumptuous offerings of Stephen Starr Events (cold curried pea soup topped with lobster and an assortment of local artisan cheeses were among my personal favorites), and you get a sense of just how luxurious sustainability can really be!
Shawna McKinley has collected some great resources for keeping events sustainable. She shares some of them here.
Believe nothing in life comes for free? There’s always a string attached? Think again! Right here, right now you can get free help with your sustainable event. No memberships. No cost.
And you know what that means…no reason to procrastinate!
Shawna McKinley chats with Marion Ancel of Tourisme Montreal about what the Canadian province is doing to help sustainable meeting planners.
Next week I have the pleasure of joining the Future Leader’s Forum at the GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference. I’ve been asked to take participants on a ‘sustainable event roadshow’, sharing examples from around the world of how cities are making it easier for event planners to be sustainable. I’m excited to be tag-teaming a session with Marion Ancel from Tourisme Montréal, the host city for this year’s conference. To prepare for our session, Marion was kind enough to familiarise me with what Montreal is doing to support more sustainable events.
Not long ago, Judy Kucharuk had a chat with event industry heavyweight Richard Aaron of BizBash Media. She shares her experience here.
Recently I attended the 2012 GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference in Montreal, Canada. As a GMIC Member, I look forward to the annual conference as a way to “reconnect, realign and reinvigorate”. The energy at the annual conference is palpable, as like minded individuals gather to share information and their vision for the future of the sustainable meetings industry.
Raising awareness of sustainability issues at your event is important. But stopping there may not be the best approach. You may want to check out Shawna McKinley’s article about how a short-sighted strategy can do more harm than good.
Shawna McKinley shares this story about the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, one of the first LEED certified convention centers in the world. Nearly 10 years after it first opened, it has proven to be an investment that has paid off in many ways.
It was an issue that Green Meetings Industry Council members Judy Kucharuk and Elizabeth Henderson pondered together one day while waiting at an airport and one for which they found a remedy: the Bl!nk presentation.
So often in the past, we have turned a blind eye excusing questionable practices with the phrase, “It’s just business.” But in this age of transparency, is that the best approach?