How Green are your meetings? What are the latest practices in the area? Planners need to be ready to demonstrate how they are making their meetings "greener". Check out the articles below for some ideas and best practices.
Resources for Planning a Green Meeting
Events Industry Council Sustainable Event Standards:
More than 100 of the industry's leading practitioners contributed to the development of the new standards,
which have ben purposefully designed to increase sustainable practices across the events industry.
Resources for Resourceful Hospitality Firms
Here's just a sampling of the hundreds of resources available for use in environmentally sustainable projects.
U.S. Green Building Council offers rating systems including LEED-EB for Existing Buildings and LEED-NC for new construction. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemT is the national benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. http://www.usgbc.org
Green Hotels Association. This Houston-based GHA offers members guidance in energy conservation, refurbishing and new construction. Resources include instructive member case studies, such as that about the 33-story W Dallas Hotel. The property generated energy even before it opened by using wind-farm energy during construction - reducing costs and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by more than 674,000 pounds. http://www.greenhotels.com
Global Stewards Practical steps for going green. http://www.globalstewards.org/hotel.htm
Green Globe Environmental reports, benchmarking and certification programs responsible behavior across the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental management. greenglobe.com
The International Hotels Environment Initiative source of international news, case studies, cost saving techniques. http://www.ihei.org
Luna Textiles designs fashion-forward sustainable upholstery, curtains and other textiles. http://www.lunatextiles.com
Project Planet linen and towel reuse program. With estimate average guest participation rates between 68 and 72 percent, hotels save money in reduced water, energy, labor, detergent and deferred sheet/towel replacement. The program, whose members include New York's chic Park Central Hotel, claims to save 6,000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of detergent monthly for an average-sized 100-room hotel. http://www.projectplanetcorp.com
Sun-filtering film on windows and low e-coated windows. .3M Prestige spectrally selective, nanotechnology window films cut heat radiation from the sun, eliminate most damaging UV radiation, remain nearly clear to normal daylight, and disguise interior clutter and non-uniform drapery. Energy savings is equivalent to about one ton of air conditioning for every 100 square feet of glass exposed to sunlight. Another choice with payback potential within 14 or so months is Panorama architectural window films from Bekaert https://solargard.com/panorama/
Material ConneXion. Global knowledge of new and innovative materials for design and architecture. http://www.materialconnexion.com
Occu-Smart motion sensor-controlled bi-level lighting. Recently enhanced, it offers energy savings of up to 85 percent. http://www.lamarlighting.com
Some of the above articles and links were submitted and posted as a resource for meeting professionals with the permission of Robin Tierney and the HSMAI Marketing Review Magazine.