Globetrotter Travel Management Services, Inc.
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GREEN TRAVEL - MEETINGS
In 2003, the Convention Industry Council's Green Meetings Task Force was charged with creating minimum best practices for event organizers and suppliers to use as guidelines for implementing policies of sustainability. The task force was composed of individuals from the EPA, the Ocean's Blue Foundation, the Society of Incentive Travel Executive's Green Meeting Group, the World Travel Organization, hotels, convention and visitor's bureaus, convention centers, and meeting-planning organizations.
What is a Green Meeting or Event?
A green meeting or event incorporates environmental considerations to minimize their negative impact on the environment.
What are the Benefits of Green Meetings & Events?
- The Economic Bottom Line - Green meetings and events can save money and executing a green meeting isn't just about being environmentally responsible; they can have economic benefits for the event organizer. In fact, many of the minimum recommended guidelines in the Green Meetings Report can actually save money. For example, collecting name badge holders for reuse at an event of 1300 attendees can save approximately $975 for the event organizer.*
- The Environmental Bottom Line - Green meetings and events are good for the environment. Using recycled materials, recycling materials used, reusing items and reducing materials used can significantly lessen the environmental impact an event has. For example, if a five-day event serves 2200 people breaks, breakfasts, lunches and receptions using china instead of plastic disposables, it prevents 1,890 lbs. of plastic from going into a landfill. That's nearly one ton! Another example is by not pre-filling water glasses at banquet tables during three days of served lunches for 2200 attendees; 520 gallons of water can be saved.*
* Information provided by Meeting Strategies Worldwide.Best Practices for Event Suppliers
The Green Members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) - Code of Ethics