Rejuvenate Magazine is another great resource for Christian meeting planners and in a recent issue, they published “The all out no holds barred straight forward fundamental carefully chosen feverishly compiled complete list of useful meeting planning advice”, I know it’s a mouth full but great advice none the less. I thought I would break it down by area and we’ll take a few months to get thru all of it and maybe even add some of our own. For those of you who can’t wait, click here.
- Encourage and award attendees for going green. Hand out “I was caught green-handed” buttons or offer contests for practices like carpooling and recycling, allowing the winners to go first in the food lines. - Nancy Wilson and Cathy Kretz, CMPs, from their green meetings webinar
- Have processes in place to make sure everyone understands their goals. Document everything you’ve done, the good and the bad. The most effective learning tools are the barriers and obstacles you’ve overcome. - Kimberly Lewis, U.S. Green Building Council
- Going green is not just one step. It’s a journey, and it’s important to set up a green team to come up with what your organization’s goals are and to assess your progress, your failures and your successes. - Tracey Messina, Convene Green Alliance
- Many green practices can be cost-saving or cost-neutral for both the supplier and the planner, including using china service rather than disposable dishware at meals, requesting that hotels change linens every other day and moving registration online to drastically reduce the cost of postage and paper. - Amy Spatrisano, Meeting Strategies Worldwide
- Make sure extra food is being donated and promote that fact to raise awareness among attendees and your organization. - Joan Eisenstodt, hospitality consultant and educator
What do you think? Do you have any additional advice on Going Green you’d like to share? We would love to hear from you.
Advice reprinted with permission from Collinson Media and Events – http://www.rejuvenatemeetings.com/.