Grow a Green Meeting
"Green." "Eco-friendly." "Sustainable." These are just a few words that define a new revolution in today's society. These terms have become a part of our everyday vocabulary. Everywhere we look people, businesses, and schools are going green. Even large colleges and universities have recognized their environmental impact and are taking action. In May of 2007, President Mote signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. University of Maryland joined over 300 institutions across the country in promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the University's Department of Environmental Safety, "New policies and technologies must be employed to reach the Climate Commitment's ambitious goal of climate neutrality (zero net carbon emissions)." Conferences & Visitor Services has made its own pledge to make our services greener. Here are a few tips and ideas on ways to make your event or meeting more eco-friendly. Plant the first seeds, and watch your meeting flourish.
FLAUNT IT! Always tell people how you are helping the environment!
- Add all the ways you are going green to website and pre-event & onsite materials
- Add page to program about event’s eco-friendly ways
- Explain local food and history of the area on menus
- Lots of signage for proper disposal
- Ask for feedback on post-event survey