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What does it really mean to organize and implement a ‘Green’ meeting or event?

This is how the EPA explains the process:

“A ‘green’ meeting is one that is organized and implemented in such a way as to minimize negative impacts on the environment and promote a positive social legacy for the host community. Meetings and events are not stand alone activities. The average meeting or conference influences a number of other independent yet interactive industry sectors which, in turn, may produce a direct economic, social and environmental impact at their point of intersection. Meetings thus become stepping stones for sustainability in communities, creating local market demand for reductions in the use of toxic materials, the production of waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and the use of water and energy.”

The Events Industry Council website also offers advice and suggestions for holding environmentally responsible events. In May 2018 the EIC brought together leaders in the sustainability community to discuss event standards and criteria and to develop ways to encourage adoption of these practices globally. After much discussion and debate, the representatives drafted a definition for event sustainability and four guiding principles which should be the foundation for all sustainable event standards.

Click here to learn more about the principles.

Event planning is a time consuming and sometimes complicated process. Being an environmentally responsible event planner is even more so. To help the planner with this process, KLEERTECH® offers an assortment of event supplies which are biodegradable, recyclable, renewable, repurposable, or reusable.

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