Anyone who has ever organized a conference or meeting knows the monetary and environmental costs involved in such an undertaking. Whether there are 10 attendees or 100, there are many ways to lessen the impacts of these costs. The information provided below will offer ideas for you to implement for your meetings.
The Green Meeting Industry Council promotes green practices globally by offering educational programs in the form of training workshops and online resources. The Council is in the process of partnering with educational institutions to develop an accredited curriculum at the university level for green meetings.
Whether you are a meeting host, planner or service supplier, you can use this site to find the tips, tools and resources to make environmentally responsible choices.
According to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, sustainable packaging has to meet several criteria and address broad sustainability objectives with business considerations and strategies that address the environmental concerns related to the life cycle of packaging:
There are several practices that can be implemented to be considered a green printer. Because there are so many opportunities for commercial printers and sign shops to improve upon traditional printing practices, below is a short list of things to look for or ask about when investigating different printing operations with regard to their commitment to the environment. Other more involved considerations include targeted marketing for direct mail campaigns, water conservation/reduction programs, green HVAC designs, use of chemical free printing plates and a host of alternative energy options.
Almost all of the document printing equipment an office environment uses plastic and metal cartridges that hold liquid ink or fine powdered toner to get an image onto paper. All of these cartridges can be refilled and reused instead being thrown away. There are several companies that provide services for consumers and businesses with an alternative to reduce the impact of millions of cartridges that are thrown away that end up in landfills each year. By making this choice, you are helping to protect the future of our environment. This proactive solution to waste reduction is a win/win for consumers, entrepreneurs and the environment.
Wireless phones and other small electronic hand held devices like beepers and PDAs are recyclable; as are their battery chargers and accessories. By properly disposing of these items, you can help the environment, help a charity and in some cases, get cash. Recycling can be done through drop off sites, mail back programs, the internet and charitable donation. There are several organizations and web sites that can help you through the process. All you have to do is terminate the service, clear the memory and in some cases take out the SIM card.
To educate, promote and advocate to the business community the benefits of adopting Green principles.
Assist members in realizing bottom line benefits of going green
Empower members to find the sustainable solutions best suited for their businesses by providing information on available educational, service and product resources they need
Advocate for members on related environmental issues affect the business community