Eco Tips for Green Conferences

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Jan 31, 2011 2:38 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Bringing people together for meetings, often for multiple days at a time, can create a "host" of environmental impacts—from the smog and greenhouse gas emissions associated with air and ground travel to the paper, plastic, and food waste associated with feeding attendees.  In fact, Marriott Hotels, estimates that the average three-day meeting attended by 1,000 people produces more than 12 tons of trash, uses 200,000 kilowatts of power and consumes 100,000 gallons of water. 

An aspect of business sustainability is making informed choices regarding green meeting planning.  This includes everything from site selection to meeting materials to catering.   Every eco action can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the event.  According to recent research, more than two-thirds of meeting professionals take environmental considerations into account when planning their conferences.  How are they doing this? By keeping eco awareness at the forefront of their decision making.   Within our professional consulting practice, we advise clients to consider the following areas in planning a meeting with eco awareness:   •    Waste management and recycling •    Water conservation •    Energy efficiency   As eco awareness has expanded, more small business resources are available to help extend sustainability concepts into the planning process.  We mention quite a few resources in our business sustainability consulting.   However, for the serious planner, participation in the Green Meeting Industry Council is a must.  The Green Meeting Industry Council is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. It is a membership-based professional organization which provides educational resources to planners, suppliers, and venues seeking to meet the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainable meetings.  Specific resources of interest include: click here to continue reading.

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".