Green meetings have been defined as a "meeting that incorporates environmental considerations throughout all stages of the meeting in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment." Greening an event encompasses all aspects of the planning process. By making choices at every planning level, from site selection to serving condiments like ketchup and sugar from bulk containers, the environmental impact of the event can be significantly reduced. It means taking steps to minimize waste through recycling, composting and avoiding disposable items, to decrease energy consumption, and to use products with post-consumer recycled content and food that is organic, local or fair trade. Green meetings also incorporate social aspects such as charitable donations and projects that give back to the community.
The Economic Bottom Line – Planning and executing environmentally sustainable events isn’t just about being environmentally responsible, they can have economic benefits for the event organizer. In fact, many environmental activities can actually save money.
The Environmental Bottom Line – Using recycled materials, recycling materials used, reusing items and reducing materials used can significantly lessen the environmental impact an event has.