October 16, 2019
By Madison Howard

It’s easier to be more environmentally conscious at your events than ever before. Learn how you can make your event more "green,” from sourcing eco-friendly hotels and venues to waste reduction. 

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What to Listen for:

  • Sustainability is a must-have. It isn’t a choice.
  • A dump truck can hold 12 tons of waste
  • 1 million people doing it imperfectly is better than a handful doing it perfectly.
  • Climate change is real
  • This industry greatly contributes to global emissions.
  • Mitigate the waste.
  • Reuse to reduce waste and cost.
  • Encourage carsharing.
  • Reduce signage, use apps and electronic signage that can be reused.
  • Try to offer reusable cup options for coffee and water.
  • FORO = fear of running out.
  • 1.3 billion tons of food wasted.
  • Cut down consumption of red meat by 90%
  • Technology is a great enabler.
  • If we know we’re going to create waste, what do we do with it?
  • Start early with communication to share the green aspect of the event.

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Who is John Kelly?

I'm many things; Senior Marketing Director for BCD M&E in EMEA, a dad, husband, cyclist, diver, skier and a bit of an eco-activist too (but definitely not a tree-hugger). I am utterly passionate about what we're doing to the planet and how we can all make a difference, especially within the M&E world. In 2018 I helped publish the BCD M&E ‘Green White Paper’ which aimed to provide a road map to more sustainable meetings and events, the paper has created significant movement to make a difference and I am utterly motivated about how we can all do this together, I genuinely believe that little steps can lead to big things.

Read the Green White Paper.

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Madison Howard

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, my passion for writing began before I could read, with a nightly verbal diary dictation transcribed by my obliging parents. When I'm not writing, you can find me binge-watching TV shows, baking elaborate desserts, and memorizing pop culture facts.
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