professionals have moved beyond the days of printing brochures
on recycled-content paper or collecting soda cans for recycling.
In today’s Green marketplace, event organizers have developed a
myriad of ways in which we can Think GREEN
for our meetings and events in order to conserve energy, reduce
waste, and preserve our natural resources.
Bringing people together for meetings for multiple days at a
time can create a host of environmental impacts—from the smog
and greenhouse gas emissions associated with air and ground
travel to the paper, plastic, and food waste associated with
What Are Green Meetings?
Green Meetings are gatherings of people for the purpose of
the exchange of information where, through careful planning,
negative impact on the environment is minimized. Today the
opportunities to green meetings and events are almost limitless,
often offering ways to save money and increase efficiency in the
What can you do?
We encourage you to ask hotels, conference centers, and
other key suppliers for Green processes.
This is the key! Asking is the first step in showing there is a
demand for reduced environmental impacts associated with a
meeting. Below are some tips you can use to further Green
meetings. We also encourage you to use suppliers who have been
certified Green by the American Consumer Council. Visit:
www.americanconsumercouncil.org/green for more information.
Simple steps to green meetings
- Select locations that
minimize the distance the attendees have to travel.
- Choose a hotel that has
energy and water conservation programs.
- Make certain that there are
recycling and waste minimization programs in place.
- Donate used amenities (soap,
bottles, etc.) to charitable organizations.
- Give hotel guests the option
to reuse towels and sheets.
- Utilize paperless check-in,
checkout, and billing procedures to minimize use of paper.
- Locate meetings within
walking distance of area restaurants and attractions.
Food and Beverage
- Use cloth instead of paper
napkins, and reusable plates, cups, and silverware.
- Serve sugar, creamers, and
condiments in reusable dishes rather than packets.
- Provide drinking water in
pitchers or large reusable containers instead of small
- Donate surplus food when
possible to local shelters and food banks.
- Look for meeting rooms with
recycling bins and put recycling containers in visible
locations, posted with a list of all items that can be
- Use generic directional
signage that can be reused.
General Office Practices and
- Use electronic communication
over paper whenever possible:
- online registration
- e-mail confirmations
- electronic agenda and
- disk or USB handouts
after the meeting
- exhibit floor plans and
exhibitor service kit items on your Web site
- post minutes and other
handouts via Web access
- Recycle plastic name badge
- Use double-sided copies.
- Organize an environmentally
friendly activity such as cleaning up a park or planting
By incorporating these
recycling and conservation tips into your meetings, you and your
organization can contribute to a healthier planet. CRI Global
and its meeting partners strongly encourage you to go