News & Articles - sustainable events

  • Canadian programs help make buying seafood for your event a little less fishy

    Last month I visited the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan. The market handles more than 400 types of seafood valued at approximately $7 billion Canadian every year. Products arrive from all over to be sold during a lively early-morning auction. They are then sent to restaurants, hotels and caterers to serve to customers all over Japan and beyond. Strolling through the miles of aisles at the market it is easy…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Steps to end food waste in the event industry

    All of us working in this wonderful industry know there’s an inconvenient truth – food waste. We all dislike it, yet feel powerless to stop it. According to a updated study released in 2014 by Value Chain Management International, food waste in Canada equates to an estimated $31 billion annually, of which eight per cent (about $2.5 billion) is attributed to the “food service” industry (hospitality and restaurant industry). When I read the report, I was not surprised because I’ve…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • How to get sustainable events working for your corporate event marketing group

    Sustainable event efforts are nice and all, but how do you get them working for you, instead of feeling like they’re just a lot of extra work? Especially if you’re a big event marketing department with diverse activities that span different cities? Intel Event Marketing has been exploring sustainable events since 2008, starting with their flagship Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Since this time their efforts have expanded to include 51 events in North America, Latin America, Europe and…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • GBTA foundation, Project ICARUS announce call for nominations for 2015 sustainability outstanding achievement awards

    Project ICARUS looking to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering business travel and meetings’ sustainability programs The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and Project ICARUS proudly announce the call for applications and nominations is open for the third annual Outstanding Achievement Awards for Sustainability in business travel and meetings across North America. The Project ICARUS Global Advisory Board and Sustainability Committee looks to recognize travel buyers, suppliers, intermediaries, individuals and groups who…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Hybrid meetings: The sustainability silver bullet?

    In recent years the event industry has made great strides in support of sustainability. We have much to cheer about! More professionals than ever are engaging in sustainable events. Publishers like Corporate Meetings Network continue to share tips about the topic. Industry suppliers, including hotels, venues and general services contractors, have embedded environmental management systems that are achieving real waste and carbon reductions. Worldwide, event volunteer projects are having great social benefit. While important, this cheerleading can lull us into…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Fourteen made-in-Canada sustainable event solutions

    Clean, green and beautiful outdoor spaces are a cornerstone of Canada’s destination image abroad. But did you also know Canada is home to some pretty cool sustainable event solutions? Check out these innovative programs that can help your next corporate event go green, with a little tint of red and white, too. Food donation made easy. Are you a caterer, chef, hotel or event organizer who wants to donate leftover food from your event but is unsure how to connect…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • 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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