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MGM’s Mega Solar Array Now Powering 13 LV Strip Resorts

MGM’s Mega Solar Array Now Powering 13 LV Strip Resorts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This week, MGM Resorts International launched its 100-megawatt solar array, the hospitality industry's largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. The array's clean energy now produces up to 90 percent of MGM Resorts' Las Vegas daytime power needs, spanning 65 million square feet of buildings across 13 properties and more than 36,000 rooms on the Las Vegas Strip — including ARIA, Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York New York and Park MGM.

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Events Industry Council Makes Sustainability Education More Accessible for Event Professionals

Events Industry Council Makes Sustainability Education More Accessible for Event Professionals | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Events Industry Council (EIC) recently launched an interactive, self-paced online version of its in-person Sustainable Event Professional Certificate Program (SEPC), putting educational opportunities within easier reach for event planners, suppliers and sustainability professionals seeking to improve the environmental performance of their events and services.

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UFI releases major sustainability report on the exhibition industry

UFI releases major sustainability report on the exhibition industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Global association of the exhibition industry, UFI has released a new report on the status of sustainability in the exhibition industry, including results from surveys conducted by UFI research partner Explori.

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Solar power array for 36,000 MGM rooms to be activated

Solar power array for 36,000 MGM rooms to be activated | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The 323,000-panel array located in the desert north of Las Vegas will supply electricity for 36,000 rooms in 13 Strip resorts when it’s activated.

 

The power-up plan will provide a long stride toward the company’s energy sustainability goals.

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The Heat Is On: How to Bake a Climate Strategy Into Your Event

The Heat Is On: How to Bake a Climate Strategy Into Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Severe drought and record-setting heat waves in western North America serve as a clear reminder of the urgent need to maintain sustainability as an event priority and step-up your event sustainability strategy. Here’s what you need to do.

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The Sustainable Event Buyer's Guide 2021

The Sustainable Event Buyer's Guide 2021 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite a sea change in market circumstances the sophomore Sustainable Event Buyer’s Guide maintains its focus, detailing green thinking, green policy, green technology, green products/services and green best practice.

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Focus on Sustainability: The pandemic's green shoots: Travel Weekly

Focus on Sustainability: The pandemic's green shoots: Travel Weekly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Even as it sidelined travel worldwide, the Covid crisis also helped sharpen the industry’s focus on sustainability.

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How To Make Sustainability a Priority Again, According to Green Events Expert Julia Spangler

How To Make Sustainability a Priority Again, According to Green Events Expert Julia Spangler | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For event professionals who are passionate about sustainability, this past year has raised some concerns about the future of green events. As the trade show and meetings industry begins to recover, and with event budgets tighter than ever, will anyone care enough about sustainability to help the cause or will green practices end up on the bottom rung of importance?

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A New North Star for the Meetings Industry

A New North Star for the Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A veteran planner sees six key themes for the future of meetings and events; purposeful, sustainable, digital, experience-based, data-driven and interactive.  

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Positive Impact ignites 1,400 Ambassador community to support global event sustainability

Positive Impact ignites 1,400 Ambassador community to support global event sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Positive Impact Events is empowering its 1,400 strong community of Ambassadors to raise funds that will support the creation of a science-based carbon target and reduction framework, a requirement to ensure future generations can still attend events. Centered around Earth Day (22nd April ’21), the Ambassadors will be asking fellow event professionals, marketing their sustainability initiatives, to do so in a way that will make a difference for the future of the event sector.

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M&IT brings together associations for Sustainability Now!

M&IT brings together associations for Sustainability Now! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

M&IT brought together 10 associations from around the events world for Sustainability Now!, an idea-packed event on how to drive the sustainability agenda. 

 

Attendees heard a keynote speech from sustainability pioneer Guy Bigwood of the Global Destinations Sustainability Movement, speaking about the Regenerative Revolution, a new paradigm for event management.

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Re-incorporating Sustainability into the Future of Meetings

Re-incorporating Sustainability into the Future of Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While meetings professionals and the hospitality partners they work with have been understandably focused on the health and safety of event attendees since the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic, both groups realize the continued importance of incorporating sustainability measures into those events, as well.

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Venues & Vendors: A Way Forward Through Sustainability

Venues & Vendors: A Way Forward Through Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Venue and vendor services need to look ahead at sustainable solutions for moving forward to include the environmental impacts that they can include.

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10 Sustainable + Hygienic Tips for the Post-Corona MICE World

10 Sustainable + Hygienic Tips for the Post-Corona MICE World | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To hold the pandemic at bay, disposable items seem to be the easy solution to keep things clean and safe. But do not throw out the baby with the bath water! The MICE industry has come a long way in recent years to help slow man-made climate change—which, don’t forget, will hit us with its own health challenges down the road.

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The Regenerative Event Checklist

The Regenerative Event Checklist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As lockdown measures begin to loosen in Europe, life is slowly starting to resemble a more familiar past. However, there are notable differences, with the visitor economy and meetings industry, particularly hard hit. As we set out to recover from the impacts of covid-19, leaders are calling for a green and fair recovery to avoid a return to the ‘old normal’. It follows, that the meetings industry in particular will experience a tough rebound, unless both the economic importance of the industry, and a clear vision and plan for a more sustainable and regenerative way of organising events is defined.

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Secrets for Wellness Magic

Secrets for Wellness Magic | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Closing big deals are usually a cause for celebration, but when John Ayo closed a deal while working for IBM, Ayo simply didn’t feel good enough to celebrate. He went to a doctor, and after spending thousands of dollars, he was simply told, “It’s all in your head.” This disappointment led to his journey into alternative medicines.

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Event Sustainability: News You Can Use

Event Sustainability: News You Can Use | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Three months ahead of its flagship Frankfurt, Germany, show for meeting and event planners, IMEX Group is promoting the topics and presenters for day one of the May 11-14 event, known as EduMonday. With the organization’s central talking point for 2020 being “Nature: What we can do for nature and what nature can do for us,” a full session track on EduMonday will be devoted to how corporate planners can improve the sustainability of their internal meetings, customer events, road shows, and more.

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Planners to Boost Efforts in Sustainability, Diversity, Immersion

Planners to Boost Efforts in Sustainability, Diversity, Immersion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Nearly 60 percent of planners surveyed said that they would be taking steps to address environmental issues at their events, according to the 2020 Events Trends Report recently issued by Eventbrite.

The survey included feedback from 6,800 event and experience planners worldwide—one-third of them from North America—to find out their expectations for 2020. Planners expressed more satisfaction with their jobs and indicated they’re focused on sustainability, inclusivity, and upping the original and immersive nature of their events. The biggest challenge they face is finding ways to involve more attendees.

Overall, the findings present insights into taking no “green” initiative for granted, navigating the needs of an evolving, diverse market and deconstructing the hot term “experiential.”

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How Event Planners Are Finally Embracing Green Practices: New Report 

How Event Planners Are Finally Embracing Green Practices: New Report  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As sustainability has taken on a new importance in the global meetings and events sector, planners have struggled to make the right decisions to reduce their events’ impact on the environment.

Evidence shows, however, that planners are beginning to make the hard choices to improve their events despite the increased costs that often come with them.

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52 Sustainability Questions Every Planner Should Ask Themselves

52 Sustainability Questions Every Planner Should Ask Themselves | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Any step toward more sustainable meetings and events is a step in the right direction, and new resources created by talent buyer and booking agent Stefan Lohmann, based in Hamburg, Germany, provide some good ideas and food for thought.

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Our most powerful, high-tech climate solution? Our forests

Our most powerful, high-tech climate solution? Our forests | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The latest IPCC report does not mince words about the state of our planet: we must act now to achieve global change at a scale that has “no documented historical precedent” in order to avoid the climate catastrophe that would result from a 2 degree C rise in average global temperature. Climate change already disproportionately affects the world’s most vulnerable people including poor rural communities that depend on the land for their livelihoods and coastal communities throughout the tropics. Indeed, we have already seen the stark asymmetry of suffering resulting from extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires and more.

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Why 2020 is the year to reset humanity’s relationship with nature

Why 2020 is the year to reset humanity’s relationship with nature | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The pace of change over the past 50 years has been extraordinary. The global economy has expanded four-fold, over a billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, we live significantly longer and childbirth mortality had significantly dropped. However, this 19th and 20th century model of economic growth has come at a significant cost to nature.

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How Professional Events Are Working Towards Sustainability

How Professional Events Are Working Towards Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Everyone agrees on the need for more sustainable practices at professional events and conferences, so here are a few places to start. Conference venues, exhibitors, and attendees all support more sustainable practices. Organizers can help improve the experience of the even while reducing environmental impact.

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3 Questions that Simplify Sustainable Meeting Design

The first and easiest rule of sustainable planning is this: Less is more. As a result, we should question everything: Do smaller meetings need nametags? Does every meeting need signage? Does this meeting need coffee breaks as part of the overall F&B? Incorporating into your guidelines which size meetings require these and other items will not only simplify the decision-making process but also reduce meeting costs.

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Nom Nom Nom: Edible Cups Make for a Tastier Drink

Nom Nom Nom: Edible Cups Make for a Tastier Drink | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

So much of sustainability is about making do with less: less meat on menus, fewer plastic water bottles at meetings, carefully curated giveaways to eliminate waste. But Air New Zealand has introduced a green initiative which gives passengers an extra treat: Edible coffee cups which taste like biscotti.

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