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By Mindy Dutka


All the information coming from all directions can be overwhelming. With the ever- growing urgency to make changes and embrace methods to reduce our carbon footprint, it can sometimes seem like our efforts are futile and we end up doing nothing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Every effort and every change counts. Change begins with awareness. Every small step you take when conducting event planning makes a difference. Below is a list of 10 simple things you can do when planning an event or meeting. Now is the time to get started so you can make a difference!

  1. Ask caterers for local, organic and vegetarian food options.
  2. Use pitchers of filtered water at meetings instead of bottled water.
  3. Avoid large quantities of collateral or hand outs. Provide information electronically whenever possible.
  4. If printed materials can’t be avoided, use vegetable-based ink and 30% minimum post-consumer, recycled paper.
  5. Collect name badges for re-use.
  6. Do not pre-fill water glasses at banquet tables. Pour only on request.
  7. Use China instead of plastic disposable settings whenever possible.
  8. Provide on-site recycling for paper, cardboard, metals, glass, plastics and other recyclable materials.
  9. Provide environmentally responsible giveaways and ensure they are not made from endangered or threatened species (you wouldn’t think we would have to say that, but we do).
  10. Save directional, food and beverage, and other generic signs for re-use.


Republished with permission from The Event Company.

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