Saturday, 25 April 2009

Green Destinations Featured on New Green Meetings Portal

In a first for the global meetings industry, the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) has announced the upcoming launch of the Green Meetings Portal, an online knowledge center that will bring together knowledge and breaking news from multiple face-to-face meetings on a single website.

Included on the portal is a special section for green destinations. The portal feeds and files articles and conference proceedings of interest - check it out!

Three cheers to the GMIC and The Conference Publishers for their work on the Portal!

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Trash Challenge: A 10% Solution

The Green Meeting Industry Council has launched its 2009 Trash Challenge. The task? For the meetings industry to reduce its waste to landfill by 1 million tons. Sounds like a mountain, doesn't it?

Well, consider this: the GMIC estimates meetings in the USA produce 10.5 million tons of trash per year. If each of us recycled just 10% more, or reduced what we use at our meetings by 10% we could be there.

My commitment to the challenge is to find a 10% solution for each of the events I'm involved in. This will involve establishing the baseline measurements for each event and taking steps to reduce this baseline by 10%, through materials reduction and improved recycling.

I challenge all of you to engage the events being hosted in your destinations to embrace this challenge. For more information and to sign up to participate visit the GMIC Trash Challenge web site.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Sustainability Shortlist - update!

Several months back I posted a list of links to several online resources that planners can use to help shortlist cities for sustainability. Happened upon two more resources I wanted to add to that list from August 2008:

America's 50 Greenest Cities
This list does not directly consider sustainable meeting features, but does rank cities according to electricity, transportation, green living and waste management issues. Incidentally, 6 of the top 10 cities listed do have known green meeting initiatives: Portland, San Francisco, Boston, Eugene, Seattle and Chicago.

Smarter Travel Top 10 Green Destinations
Surprisingly, Portland, OR, tops this list as well. Again, not designed specifically with meetings in mind, this list may present some ideas for incentive and small group travel to urban and non-urban locales internationally.

Study reveals travelers distrust of 'green' claims

A newly released study by HSMAI and PhoCusWright Market Research indicates a desire of travelers to buy green, but a growing distrust of environmental claims.

  • More than four out of ten U.S. travelers (44%) consider environmental impact to be important to them when planning travel.
  • A majority of U.S. travelers (56%) are skeptical of what companies tell them about their green practices.
  • Just under a third of travelers indicate a willingness to pay some sort of premium for green travel.
  • Only 8% of green travelers believe it is easy to find green travel options.

The study can be purchased online. HSMAI press release can be found on their web site.