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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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A guide to planning green events

A guide to planning green events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The American public is increasingly concerned about the future of the environment: More than two-thirds of Americans now worry about climate change. Moreover, most citizens support some form of government action to address the impending climate crisis.

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Travel industry battles dependence on single-use plastics

Travel industry battles dependence on single-use plastics | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s the single word of advice Mr. McGuire so famously offered to Dustin Hoffman’s Ben Braddock in the 1967 hit film “The Graduate.” Back then, it defined the materials that would define the future.

Today, “plastics” is once again a word that’s top of mind in thinking about the future. This time, however, it’s all about getting rid of the growing environmental disaster that single-use plastics now represent.

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Cost Savings of Going Green 

Cost Savings of Going Green  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s budget season again, when everyone is looking to the coming year and hoping for a crystal ball to tell them what the future holds.  While we can’t answer that, what we can say for sure is going green with your events can save money. When you consider the typical conference attendee produces more than 4 pounds (1.89 kg) of waste per day, more than 2.5 pounds (1.16 kg) of which are landfilled, there has to be a better way!  Our “Environmental Footprint of an Event” infographic has more examples like this to learn more about impacts at events.

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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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