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What IMEX Can Teach Us About Sustainable Event Planning

What IMEX Can Teach Us About Sustainable Event Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

IMEX, the Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events, held last month in Las Vegas had a major focus on sustainable events and green event planning.  

 

Going green is a win-win-win that can begin with even those small decisions that come with planning and attending an event. Before the event even kicked off, the organizers behind IMEX suggested that attendees bring reusable drinkware and choose food that generates less waste and use less water. 

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ECPAT-USA Report: Majority of Hospitality Companies Addressing Trafficking, Work to be Done

ECPAT-USA Report: Majority of Hospitality Companies Addressing Trafficking, Work to be Done | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To mark World Tourism Day, Ending Child Slavery at the Source (ECPAT-USA) released a landmark survey of 70 travel industry companies and found that, while more than 70 percent of companies surveyed have anti-human trafficking policies in place, the overall score of 38 percent leaves room for improvement. The Stamping Out Exploitation in Travel report graded efforts based on policies and practices that prevent and respond to human trafficking in the tourism industry.

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13 No-Sweat Smart Ideas for Meeting U.N. Green Goals

13 No-Sweat Smart Ideas for Meeting U.N. Green Goals | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An IMEX 2019 session on aligning the meetings industry with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals drew an enthusiastic response from audience members eager to share best practices from their own events. Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, director of industry advancement for the Events Industry Council, and Guy Bigwood, managing director of the Global Destinations Sustainability Index and former president of the Green Meeting Industry Council, hosted the session on how meeting planners can support the 17 SDGs.

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EIC Launches New Sustainability Resource at IMEX America

EIC Launches New Sustainability Resource at IMEX America | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At a press conference held September 10 at the IMEX America show in Las Vegas, the Events Industry Council announced the creation of a new EIC Centre for Sustainable Events in partnership with, among other entities, IMEX Group, the United Nations, Freeman, and MGM Resorts International.

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Practical Tips to Creating Sustainable Exhibits

Practical Tips to Creating Sustainable Exhibits | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite all the wonderful elements of our profession, there is one unfortunate aspect to exhibiting that can be hard to ignore: it can often be extremely wasteful. From shrink wrap to marketing collateral to packing material to obsolete booth components, we exhibitors are constantly discarding our excess. Add to that the fossil fuels burned when traveling to conventions or shipping our materials, and exhibition suddenly starts to look like one of the least “green” sectors of the business world.

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How to Rescue Leftovers

How to Rescue Leftovers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Food and floral arrangements are critical pieces to an event, but they are also two elements that inevitably get dumped in the trash once guests have left. Coordinating the delivery and donation of food in an efficient way is a difficult challenge for planners to execute on their own. However, more planners are coordinating the donation of leftover food and flowers to waste less and serve their communities more.

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Food waste: event's invisible problem?

Food waste: event's invisible problem? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Day one of IMEX Frankfurt began with a talk on the topic of food waste, from Laure Berment of Too Good To Go (pictured left) and Majbritt Sandberg (pictured right) of Red Lab Experience. Too Good To Go is an app tackling the issue of food waste, by connecting restaurants, shops, cafes and event venues which have surplus food, with customers willing to buy it at a reduced price in order to prevent it being thrown away.

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From Sandwiches to Centerpieces: Sustainable Meetings Are Catching On

From Sandwiches to Centerpieces: Sustainable Meetings Are Catching On | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Oh, the irony! At a session on sustainable meetings at Pharma Forum 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in New York, there were plastic bottles of water on each table. It could have been worse; they were large bottles so that session participants could pour their own drinks into glasses. As session leaders Jennifer Romo Dowd, manager, meetings & conventions at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, and Jody Brandes, group manager at Genentech, made clear, single-use plastic is one of the biggest problems for sustainable events.

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Is It Time for a Paperless Conference?

Is It Time for a Paperless Conference? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In terms of disseminating information onsite at your organization’s conference, how are you currently doing it? Do you give people printed handouts and booklets when they check in at registration? Do you have a conference app where those materials are housed, but also have printed versions onsite? Do you rely exclusively on a conference app, cutting out printed materials altogether?

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EIC Releases Event Sustainability Principles, Encourages Planners to Sign On

EIC Releases Event Sustainability Principles, Encourages Planners to Sign On | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On January 24, the Events Industry Council, comprising more than 30 member organizations within the meetings and events business, unveiled four principles designed to guide and motivate event organizers worldwide to embrace and implement sustainable practices in their work. These principles can be found on a new page within the Sustainability section of EIC's web site. 

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5 ways to create a strong sustainability culture

5 ways to create a strong sustainability culture | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Executives often say they want to do more about sustainability and climate change, but that it seems impossible. On a personal level, it can feel that way for us all because climate action requires the most complex (and intriguing) of behavioral challenges: to become more proactive; prevent undesired futures; and create better futures.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2019 - Greening Events 

New Year’s Resolutions 2019 - Greening Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s never been a better time to get started on greening your events. A new year is on the horizon, events are being reinvented to be more experiential, new events are starting up and hope is in the air. So, what’s stopping you? Like any good resolution, the hardest part is getting started, so let us give you some ideas.

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Best Practices for Minimizing Event Food Waste 

Best Practices for Minimizing Event Food Waste  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

More than a decade after the launch of the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), now the Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative, we’re still trying to make our events more environmentally friendly. One area where it’s easy to make a difference is food waste, or the reduction thereof.

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7 Ways to Make Your Next Event More Eco-Friendly

7 Ways to Make Your Next Event More Eco-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to environmental impact, there is no getting around the rather large footprint the meetings industry has left behind in the past. Add to that the fact that we have been talking about how to throw green events for years, and you’d be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed with the ever-growing sustainability checklist. But making your events eco-friendlier is easier now than ever before.

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Salt Palace Sustainability Initiatives Create Art, Earn Awards

Salt Palace Sustainability Initiatives Create Art, Earn Awards | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This fall, Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center installed a stunning 20-foot-tall mosaic depicting Martha “Mattie” Hughes Cannon, the first female State Senator elected in the U.S. in 1896. While Cannon’s tale is truly remarkable—she was a physician, a suffragist, and defeated her own husband to win the state senate seat—the origin of the artwork is a story in itself.

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Sustainable Art: How A Wave of Plastic Can Drive Change

Sustainable Art: How A Wave of Plastic Can Drive Change | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sustainable art is making an impact at events, showing thoughtfulness behind a sustainable approach. See how MCI UK did it for Quiksilver. Today, brands and event professionals are using toxic materials that are slowly polluting our planet as clever forms of art to make a point about what it means to be sustainable.

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One bus ticket? That’ll be 5 plastic bottles, please

One bus ticket? That’ll be 5 plastic bottles, please | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The city of Surabaya in Indonesia launched an initiative this year to let residents purchase bus tickets with recycled plastic bottles. Five plastic bottles or ten plastic cups can be exchanged for a two-hour bus pass. As of this month, data shows that a single bus can remove up to 250 kg (550 lbs) of plastic waste per day. Surabaya aims to help reduce the amount of plastic in Indonesia, which is said to be the second-largest contributor to ocean plastic in the world, and become plastic-free by 2020.

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Greening Your Event’s Supply Chain 

Greening Your Event’s Supply Chain  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The key to success in producing a more sustainable event is to enroll significant vendors. According to the Center for Sustainability Excellence, “Supply chain management is vital. 20% of the suppliers will determine 80% of a company’s environmental impact.” This is true of events as well. Sustainability is a collaborative effort and you can’t do it alone. It takes the passion, commitment and expertise of many organizations and individuals. The bottom line is…without your foremost partners you simply won’t be as successful. By using a step-by-step process, the task isn’t as daunting as might be imagined.

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Make Your Event Environmentally Friendly By Planning Ahead

Make Your Event Environmentally Friendly By Planning Ahead | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Large venues and events tend to generate an unnecessarily large amount of waste in a short period of time. This is not only expensive but also harmful to the environment. Reducing the amount of waste generated at your events can improve your profits by making use of possible tax deductions that you can get for donating items. You can reduce the amount of waste that you generate by reducing, reusing and recycling the waste generated as much as possible.

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5 Steps to Solve Your Event's Sustainability Challenges

5 Steps to Solve Your Event's Sustainability Challenges | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Your attendees aren’t just noticing your event’s main attractions. They’re also observing how sustainable and eco-friendly your event is. And if your trash cans are overflowing with water bottles, for example, it could leave a bad impression on your green-leaning guests.

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Four Tips for Selling Sustainability

Four Tips for Selling Sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Creating sustainable events is hard work, and includes a variety of different challenges — not the least of which is managing food waste or maintaining active group involvement. But what about getting the commitment from management just to get started?

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How to Organise a Sustainable & Cost-Effective Event

How to Organise a Sustainable & Cost-Effective Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The term sustainability strategy refers to any measurable objective aiming at optimising (reduce environmental impact and cost), innovating to improve participant experience, engaging organisations and attendees to change behaviour and leave positive social impact and finally communicating sustainability initiatives while building brand reputation.

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Food Waste: How to Feed More and Waste Less

Food Waste: How to Feed More and Waste Less | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every year, $165 billion of food is wasted in the United States; while at the same time, many families go hungry. Two events industry experts, Courtney Lohmann, CMP, director of culture at Koncept Events, and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, director, industry advancement at the Events Industry Council, participated in a recent MeetingsNet webinar on reducing food waste in the meetings industry. Lohmann and McIlwraith focused on two strategies, reducing the amount of food that is wasted at an event, and using any extra food in a planet-friendly way.

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Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events

Skipping the Single-Use Plastics at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Spring and summer are synonymous with event season. Whether it be conferences, concerts, community events or festivals, chances are we are all heading to at least one in the next few months. In honor of Earth Month, now is a great time to reflect for a moment on impacts these events are having on the environment; particularly in the area of single-use plastics, which given their prevalence in event settings as well as their difficulty to recycle & break down, present a unique challenge to attendee, venue, and planner alike.

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5 Sustainability Trends to Look Out For in 2018

Over the past decade, the term sustainability has caught on in event venues, meeting rooms and office environments. A growing number of associations and corporations are integrating sustainability into their operations including their events, and although some might argue that the concept has reached the mainstream, there are plenty of opportunities abound for implementation.

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Worldwide exhibitions for incentive travel, meetings and events - taking place in Frankfurt & Las Vegas.