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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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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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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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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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“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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Where We Get It Wrong: The Shortcomings of Travel Sustainability Policy

Where We Get It Wrong: The Shortcomings of Travel Sustainability Policy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Travel policy is an impactful way to move toward more sustainable practices for meetings and business travel—and there’s plenty of room for improvement, according to a survey of travel management pros by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation in conjunction with AIG Travel.

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Opportunity exists for travel management professionals to consider sustainable practices when contracting with suppliers

Opportunity exists for travel management professionals to consider sustainable practices when contracting with suppliers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
A GBTA Foundation study finds only one in six travel management professionals incentivize business travellers to stay in hotels with sustainable practices.
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Catalonia Case Study: How the Food Economy Drives Sustainable Tourism Development

Catalonia Case Study: How the Food Economy Drives Sustainable Tourism Development | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
A case study that looks at how Catalonia encourages and promotes local food systems in sustainable tourism.
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Announcing the New MeetGreen Calculator 2.0

Announcing the New MeetGreen Calculator 2.0 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We now know the landscape of sustainable events is constantly shifting, improving, and growing. Our experience has taught us some green meeting practices are simply better at addressing negative impacts or creating benefit than others.

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How Benchmarking is Driving Progress in Destination Sustainability Performance

How Benchmarking is Driving Progress in Destination Sustainability Performance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
The GDS-Index is unique in that it focuses on the ability of the destination and its supplier base to support corporate, association and government planners to organise sustainable events. The GDS-Index helps destinations to engage clients around sustainability, align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of sustainable practices in their city.
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The Journey Towards A Zero Footprint Event: Danish Maritime Forum 2016

The Journey Towards A Zero Footprint Event: Danish Maritime Forum 2016 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
From 26-27 October 2016, key leaders representing all parts of the global maritime value chain gathered in Copenhagen for the third Danish Maritime Forum. As fundamental shifts in the economy and technological advances transform the industry at an unprecedented pace, one important objective throughout the event was to address how businesses can use more sustainable approaches in order to achieve long-lasting success while championing sustainable development.
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Virtual Site Visit - Could It Be a Thing? 

Virtual Site Visit - Could It Be a Thing?  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you need to do a site inspection for an event you are planning or managing? Are you unable to go in person? Have you considered a virtual site inspection?

In the age of deep digital resources a meeting professional and hosting organization can accomplish most of the preliminary inquiry process for property suitability by simply visiting a venue’s website.

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Top 10 Tips for Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Events

Top 10 Tips for Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

These 10 practical, easy-to-implement suggestions from U.K.-based not-for-profit Positive Impact  can help your organization reduce the carbon footprint of its events and inspire attendees to take the message to their organizations. Positive Impact, launched in 2005, provides sustainability education for the events industry.

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Sustainability a Growing Effort Among Green Convention Centers 

Sustainability a Growing Effort Among Green Convention Centers  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a report compiled by Greenview and Twirl Management, data was collected from 44 venues around the world to provide a comprehensive analysis on food waste, energy efficiency, sustainability and data collection for 2015. 

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Why More Event Attendees Are Asking For Locally Sourced F&B

Why More Event Attendees Are Asking For Locally Sourced F&B | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
We want to feel invested in our communities — but that's just one of the many reasons event attendees are looking for locally sourced meals.
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You Won’t Believe How Big The Sharing Economy Is Going To Be By 2025

You Won’t Believe How Big The Sharing Economy Is Going To Be By 2025 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
You’ve heard plenty about Airbnb, Uber, Lyft and other leaders in the sharing economy. Now, get a look at how the shift toward sharing is projected to add up to some serious dollars.
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Incredible! The sharing economy will grow 10x in the next 8 years according to PwC. 

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Creating Events with Purpose

Creating Events with Purpose | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A radical shift in global consumer attitude is underway – the rise of the conscious consumer. Today’s events must evolve with them. How can you innovate your events with purpose to build brand love and loyalty for your clients?

People no longer want just products or services – they want authentic experiences with a deeper purpose. Experiences that reflect our values.

The best, most competitive brands in our world today increasingly gravitate toward greater social purpose, sustainability and a net positive impact. They want us to get outdoors instead of shop Black Friday. Or celebrate our imperfect bodies as our real beauty.

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6 Tips for a Digital Strategy that Drives Sustainability

6 Tips for a Digital Strategy that Drives Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
For nearly a decade, technology usage is increasing and experience has proved that virtual connections increases face-to-face attendance and plays a very important part in your event sustainability strategy.
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Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Here are 10 key sustainability trends we are predicting to happen in the event industry by 2020.

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Corporate Team Building Event Ideas to Try in 2016

Corporate Team Building Event Ideas to Try in 2016 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This list of team-building activities will come in handy for your corporate events, including ones for remote and virtual teams.

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How to Pick The Perfect Giveaway for Your Event 

How to Pick The Perfect Giveaway for Your Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
If you’re anything like me, and by that I mean cheap and love freebies, you would relate marketing events and fairs to a shopping trip for practical stuff you’ll need for the coming year or so.
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Serious Buzz About the World’s Bees

Serious Buzz About the World’s Bees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Beekeepers meet to understand what's behind the global decline of bees — which threatens the world's food supply — and to share best practices for reversing the trend.
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5 Benefits to Marketing at Tradeshows with Eco-Friendly Reusable Bags

Eco-friendly reusable bags bring a lot to the table. Obviously, they’re eco-friendly, but they also deliver a great return on your investment, they are very effective at establishing and maintaining your branding message and when well thought out in their design, can increase leads. Here are five reasons you should consider marketing at your next tradeshow with eco-friendly reusable bags.

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Four Sustainable Event Planning Tips To Save The Planet And Your Budget

Four Sustainable Event Planning Tips To Save The Planet And Your Budget | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Discover four sustainable event planning tips that will help event organizers save money while also saving the planet.
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