News & Articles - sustainability

  • Three items to consider for an event’s carbon reduction plan

    Corporate event-goers are more carbon-conscious than ever. Companies across Canada are lowering emissions to save money on operational costs, enhance their brand and attract and retain top talent looking for an eco-responsible workplace. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint beyond the office walls, businesses also want to align such actions with green-minded partners. This reflects a sense of authenticity and integrity, according to a report from the David Suzuki Foundation. Doing so gains trust from customers and other…

    Industry Insights

  • Finding the perfect event venue: A wish list

    By Daniella Bustamante Much like every painter needs a canvas, every event planner needs a venue. Thinking through the event needs and objectives is a solid starting point in your search for the right venue. What works for an 800 person conference won’t likely work for a 50 person social event. Though the “perfect” venue is different for each and every event, there are some key areas across the board to think about during the site selection process to ensure you…

    Event Operations, Meeting Checklists, Site Selection

  • GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS recognizes Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide as Sustainability Gold Medal recipient

    GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS is proud to announce Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. as a recipient of the prestigious Project ICARUS Sustainability Gold Medal. The Gold Medal program recognizes travel and meeting industry companies who are committed to making sustainability a core function within their business and who are leading the way by commitment and actions to provide best in class sustainability programs for their company, travellers and customers. Starwood was one of the first U.S.-based hotel chains to receive…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • Three key areas for improvement in the events industry

    It’s a new world, or is it? Just when I think we are making leaps ahead in how we are managing and delivering meetings, events and group experiences, something happens that makes me think, perhaps we are not. I have the opportunity to go to many conferences and events as part of my job and feel very fortunate for a number of reasons. The opportunities abound to see colleagues and friends from (literally) around the world, to learn from experienced…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Social Media & Technology

  • Rethink 2014: Six shifts occurring in the world of corporate events

    My how things have changed in the past two decades. We have slowly shifted to keep pace with these changes in the corporate events industry and the expectations of the guest. As our world shifts around us so quickly we can barely keep pace, we’re learning to become more agile and adjust to the landscape. Some of the changes which have struck me as significant I share below, and I welcome comments from those you have experienced. Shifts in food…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Site Selection, Social Media & Technology

  • Measuring the impact of socially responsible events

    The lights have been turned off in the breakout rooms; the conference concierge desk has been dismantled, and the attendees have checked out of their hotel rooms. Whew! Finally… time to take a breath, enjoy a well deserved glass of wine and reflect on a job well done. Look around you. Do you see them? The faint footprints of social good – the inspiring influence that will linger long after the event is over. Do you hear it? The quiet…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Sustainability is an F-word

    You’d be within your rights if, as an event professional, you were feeling a bit Fatigued with the idea of “green events” and “event sustainability”. I mean it’s been at least 10 years of money saving tips, volunteer kit-making, recycling programs, carbon offsets and local, organic food: are we done yet? Fortunately, and unfortunately, no. While these various efforts have helped us take good steps forward, they’ve also reinforced the Fence around the sustainability silo. The bolt-on approach has delivered…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • In my expert opinion…

    Did that headline encourage your eyebrows to rise ever so slightly…or perhaps cause an eye roll? Are you thinking, “Pfft! How dare she call herself an expert!” An expert is defined as: A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area. It doesn’t mean that someone is the best, or the most knowledgeable on a specific subject or area; it simply means that they feel (or others feel) that their knowledge base is…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand is the nation’s first Certified Green Restaurant hotel chain

    All IHG®-managed InterContinental Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada meet the rigorous environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association The InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand is proud to be the first hotel chain to have all of its IHG® corporate-managed restaurants in the United States and Canada become Certified Green Restaurants®. In September 2011, the InterContinental Boston hotel’s Miel Brasserie Provençale was the first of the hotel chain’s restaurants to receive the certification. Based on the hotel’s positive feedback about…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Is green the new black… Again?

    Has a focus on sustainability diminished as we faced a global recession, lowered budgets, increased expectations with reduced resources being common themes faced through all areas of the industry? Is producing more sustainable events truly more expensive? Is this a cost we need to bear in order to be responsible global citizens as we bring groups together? Or is it possible to actually save money while making sustainable choices? The Green Meetings Industry Council has just finished its annual meeting,…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

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