News & Articles - sustainability

  • 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

  • There’s a green app for that!

    By Joseph Lo Conferences and meetings can have significant carbon footprints. Power, ground transportation, air travel, paper and many aspects of an event can all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Knowledge is the key towards sustainability and increased social responsibility. More and more meeting planners are recognizing the importance of planning a green event and want to do their part in helping the environment. Whether your goal is to decrease CO2 emissions, travel-related fuel consumption or paper usage, the following…

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

  • Local food in an urban setting: Why a rooftop vegetable garden makes sense

    Neatly tucked away under a tidy pergola, rows upon rows of fresh green herbs peek up from their pots and arch towards the clear downtown sky. Basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, parsley and myriad other herbs bask in the heat of their new home, high atop the roof of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It started as a bit of a dream, which became a concept, and then a project. Just a few weeks ago, the doors to the roof were opened and the rooftop garden was finally planted.

    Breaking News, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Meeting Community

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saint-Hyacinthe wins Environment & Energy Award at HAC Conference

    IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces The Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Saint-Hyacinthe was recently awarded the Environmental & Energy Award at this year’s Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Conference, highlighting their commitment to environmental sustainability.

    Award Recognition, Breaking News, Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Meeting Community, People & Profiles

  • Sustainable storytelling skills

    Once upon a time, there was a talented meeting planner named Plannerella who believed with her whole heart that meetings should be more sustainable. She paid attention to all the details in planning her annual convention: her rooms had recycling bins, her exhibitors were emailed instructions on reducing paper use, and her menus were planned with local, seasonal produce. Her greatest pride was a community service project to restore a park habitat. Plannerella was excited “This is going to be the greenest, most sustainable, most fantastic convention ever!” she exclaimed.

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

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