Sustainable Meetings

In the past decade, many corporations and associations have made much progress with increasing the sustainability level of their office buildings and overall corporate culture.  However, in many cases, sustainability policies have not translated to the meeting planning efforts of these organizations.  Here are some facts to consider:

*A person at home produces 4.5 pounds of garbage per day, versus 20 pounds of garbage
 per day when at a conference.
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2003 Report 

*Today, Americans generate double the amount of garbage that they generated in the 1960s; this is 50% more garbage than what other Western countries with similar standards of living produce, including Denmark and Germany.
Edward Humes, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, 2012.
*An average person uses 86 gallons of water per day, versus 282 gallons of water per day when at a conference. World Bank, 2000

*During a 2.5 day event with 500 attendees, you would use: 6,250 plates, 8,750 napkins, 7,500 cups/glasses, and 9,000 cans or bottles.  Katherine Manfredi, GMIC Founding Board Member and Approved Standards Trainer

*Americans throw away 25 billion non-recyclable Styrofoam cups every year and 694 plastic water bottles every second. Edward Humes, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, 2012.

Precision Planners can help your organization make a difference in creating green meetings and building your sustainable meeting plan.

By leveraging the APEX/ASTM 9 Standards of Sustainable Meeting Planning and the Sustainable Event Measurement Tool (SEMT), Precision Planners will:

  • Deliver an assessment of where your organization is now on the sustainable meeting planning index
  • Create a roadmap for your organization's sustainable meeting plan
  • Align with strategic hotels, venues, and service providers within the industry to maximize the experience of your green meeting
  • Integrate the APEX/ASTM 9 Standards of Sustainable Meeting Planning into the planning process, resulting in a professionally-executed, green meeting
  • Present Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ideas and concepts
  • Measure and report the outcomes in a post-conference report

APEX/ASTM 9 Standards of Sustainable Meeting Planning

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