Earth Day Reads

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As we slowly return to live events, let’s make sure sustainability moves to the forefront once again. In honor of Earth Day—Thursday,
April 22—
we have compiled some of our favorite articles about greening meetings.

Never before have our norms around green meetings changed so quickly. The shift in focus from buffets and family-style meals individual portions and packaging. All that extra trash from masks and signage. The inability to bring attendees together to participate in CSR activities that help support the meeting destinations they visit. The following Earth Day-inspired collection of articles will help as you return to meetings—and to green meetings.

Earth Day Reads

Low-Impact Food and Beverage—As we start meeting again, fresh, healthy food and beverage that includes organic items will be important, although it may be served

Sustainable Actions That Enhance Green Meetings—This Earth Day, consider new ways to incorporate sustainability that some planners have yet to consider. differently.

What Are Our Next Steps? by Guy Bigwood—In late 2020, we decided to title the Global Destination Sustainability Index’s Whitepaper “Creating the New Normal.” Little did we know then just how relevant this theme would become as we decided what our next steps will be.

Sustainable Travel Strategies—A few measures companies can take with their meetings and travel programs, from offsetting carbon to getting travelers involved.

5 Tips for Greening Your Supply ChainWhen it comes to green meetings, making sure your suppliers have green practices as well is an important part of the equation.

Greening Oracle’s OpenWorld—Oracle’s OpenWorld is a model for trade show organizers of both innovation and sustainability, along with other mega-meetings ,such as Greenbuild.

Alternatives to Using PVC at Your Events—If every meeting in the US used one banner, it would be enough vinyl to cover 760 football fields. That’s a scary statistic.


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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.