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Sustainability Awards Recognize Innovation and Improvement

Sustainability Awards Recognize Innovation and Improvement | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released its second annual ranking of 40 meeting and events cities. The index rates cities on convention bureau strategy and initiatives, social sustainability performance, industry supplier support (including hotels and restaurants), and environmental strategy and infrastructure. The GDS Index is a collaborative partnership between the International Congress and Conventions Association, European Cities Marketing, IMEX Group, and MCI Group.

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Creating Environmentally Sustainable Events

Creating Environmentally Sustainable Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether it’s your conscience or your wallet that’s motivating you to go green at your event, you’ll find you’re in good company. Many event planners are looking to create more environmentally sustainable events.

A Nielsen study discovered that 55% of global consumers said they are willing to pay more for products and services from sustainable companies. Making that switch to an environmentally-sustainable event may get you more attendees and make it possible to charge higher ticket prices.

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Design the Right CSR Project for Your Event 

Design the Right CSR Project for Your Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Less than a decade ago, corporate social responsibility activities were unheard of during conferences and events. Today, a majority of event organizers are including them in their program. The most popular form of social responsibility for meetings is a community or legacy project. Community projects fall into the “Feel Good, Look Good” category of CSR where the projects contribute to a sustainable cause and provide promotional benefits to the sponsoring organization. In addition, they provide the personal experiences participants are now craving during conferences.

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Need Help With Green Meetings? We've Got Your Back

Need Help With Green Meetings?  We've Got Your Back | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When nearly 1,200 meeting professionals registered for the Meeting Focus webinar, "Sustainable Meetings: Going Green the Easy Way," I knew their was a demand for basic information.  During my presentation, I took a poll to confirm my suspicions.

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Farming Behind Glass

Farming Behind Glass | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Good timing figures into the backstory of how the city of Columbus came to have the first indoor hydroponic farm at its convention center. Levy Restaurants was chosen as food-and-beverage provider at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in 2016, just as the center was undergoing an expansion and renovation which debuted earlier this year.

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Community Building Milestones Over A Decade of Sustainability

Community Building Milestones Over A Decade of Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Community building is a multidimensional process, which aims at maintaining and improving the well-being of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. In our industry, bringing people together under one roof for attending a type of event is one thing, but does not attribute wholly to the concept of ‘building a community’. Meetings and events are the means of sharing strong experiences, ideas, concepts, and actions, tying like-minded attendees together.

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Redefining Event Success in the Age of Environmental Awareness 

Meetings and events (MICE) are a part of everyday life around the world and are vital to how we conduct business in the 21st century.
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) defines an event as a gathering of 50 or more people for more than four hours. According to the CIC, there were over 1.8 million events in the U.S. in 2012 alone, including more than 10,000 trade shows.

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The Road to More Climate Friendly Events

The Road to More Climate Friendly Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Deploying green strategies is fundamental to maintain a sustainable environment, but also, event planners can enjoy heaps of benefits that are tightly related these strategies. From a wide perspective, climate friendly events do make good sense for the planet, as they contribute significantly to the reduction of harmful emissions that lead to climate change.

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Green Energy Ideas to Power Up Your Next Event

Green Energy Ideas to Power Up Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Green energy and innovative sustainable solutions have been in the event industry’s spotlight for quite some time now – the latest paradigm being the recent EXPO 2017 in Astana. It is evident that our world needs to move away from the ever-increasing power consumption and its severe environmental repercussions, with events spearheading this massive effort.

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Suzanne Axt, CMM, CTSM's curator insight, September 20, 12:09 PM
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Getting to the Root of Food Waste

Getting to the Root of Food Waste | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Five thousand Calgary residents were invited to one in downtown’s Olympic Plaza on June 15, no strings attached. On the menu: carrot soup, chickpea salad, Panzanella Greek salad, and potato salad, topped off with bread pudding with compote. The cost to feed the crowd was well below even the most constrained F&B budget: $380. 

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10 Hot Green Meeting Trends for a Cool Planet

10 Hot Green Meeting Trends for a Cool Planet | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Can sustainability really be cool? You bet! There are cool trends in sustainable events emerging daily as our industry sees a shift to experiential gatherings. The request by attendees to be actively participating in events as a learning tool makes this a perfect opportunity to participate in green meeting initiatives as well. The heightened awareness that events should include mindfulness, wellness, and healthy options is good for the mind, body and the planet. We are all learning from each other, building on one great idea after another at an astounding rate.

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Getting Serious About Sustainability

Getting Serious About Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sustainability efforts are a win-win for meetings industry professionals; cutting down on waste is financially desirable and contributing to local communities and educating attendees is part of what makes face-to-face meetings so powerful.

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A new insurance market to protect people, places and economies

A new insurance market to protect people, places and economies | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When you hear the word ‘nature,’ what do you think about? A pristine beach? Maybe your favorite wild animal? Nature means different things to different people. But do you think of nature as a powerful source of protection from storms, rising sea levels and other negative impacts of climate change? If you don’t, then you should.

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Confessions of an Event Caterer

Confessions of an Event Caterer | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I have always been a foodie and fired up by new and exciting cuisine, fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation. I have 24 years of experience in event catering and I started in the eighties before everything became “trendy”. My main focus has always been off-premise catering except for 2 years as an onsite wedding facility catering company. I have grown two successful catering businesses. Partnering with different venues and catering events in different locations allows me to bring together all my passions and experiences and play a big part in special events and occasions.

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Lessons from a decade of dedication

Lessons from a decade of dedication | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s amazing to reflect that we started our sustainability journey over 10 years ago. Since then, the world has changed significantly, and aside from an increasingly isolated American President, the world’s governments’ and businesses are united in the need to tackle climate change, environmental degradation and social challenges head on. But what has changed for MCI and what lessons have we learnt in the past decade?

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Key Lessons From a Decade of Dedication to Sustainability

Key Lessons From a Decade of Dedication to Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With more and more communities, governments and businesses joining the fight to tackle climate change, environmental degradation and social challenges, it is exciting to reflect on our journey towards sustainability and see where we have come and what we have learnt in the past ten years.

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Company Culture; a snug fit. Search & co-create!

it is hugely important to work in a place that shares similar core values with you; where colleagues work with each other in a way that you feel is right, or feel comfortable with; where objectives are in line with your own and these are met in ways that are in agreeance with your own moral compass.

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Why Wall-to-Table Might Be the Next Big Thing in F&B 

Why Wall-to-Table Might Be the Next Big Thing in F&B  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Imagine a lush garden — springy and green, overflowing with arugula, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and more. Now imagine that it’s vertical, indoors — and growing on site at your next conference. 

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Promoting Sustainability to Attract Millennials

Promoting Sustainability to Attract Millennials | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attracting and engaging with event attendees from the demographic cohort ‘Generation Y’, is one of the most sought-after targets in our fast-changing industry. In their effort to attract more millennials and motivate them to interact, event professionals strive towards creating events that act as elevated educational platforms, enhanced with digital tools, while embracing the power of social media.

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“Green" Lighting Can Make Your Show Shine

“Green" Lighting Can Make Your Show Shine | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have been around for a while now. You’ve probably been using them on your Christmas tree for years, and most new automobile headlights are LED. Though they aren’t new, they are still affecting the theatrical lighting world in a big way—but their usefulness doesn’t stop there. If you have a stage to light up, a ballroom desperate for pretty colors on the walls, or you want to have different looks for different parts of your show, LEDs are the answer.

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How Technology Continues to Help Improve Sustainability at Events

How Technology Continues to Help Improve Sustainability at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
One of the earliest improvements in regards to events and sustainability was the option for using significantly less paper during conferences, trade shows, and other meetings. Mobile devices paved …
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Earth Day 2017: Tips for Designing Sustainable Events 

Earth Day 2017: Tips for Designing Sustainable Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether you’re trying to attract younger guests or simply just want to “do your part,” designing sustainable events is worthy a challenge for any organization.

As our society evolves into a more environmentally conscious mindset (including the increasing popularity of Earth Day), it only makes sense that our industry would follow suit.  If our goal is to create experiences that stick with attendees, aligning with the same philanthropic principles is a no-brainer.

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How Your Next Event Can Help Saving Mother Earth

How Your Next Event Can Help Saving Mother Earth | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I’m only one person, so what difference will this make?” is, unfortunately, something we hear a lot when discussing the world’s environmental challenges. Similarly, when organising events many planners will echo similar sentiments with claims that “one event isn’t going to make a difference” or that “it’s not worth the effort”. After all, what’s one more plastic bottle or one more tree cut?

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Environmental Responsibility for Events: How to Go Paperless 

Environmental Responsibility for Events: How to Go Paperless  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With Earth Day just around the corner, consider this: 75% of millennials are willing to pay more for eco-friendly offerings. And your event is no exception. 

Savvy organizers know that positioning an event as “eco-friendly” is not just the right thing to do. It’s a smart way to align your brand with your audience’s values and protect your bottom line.

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