1,000 people will create landfill waste equivalent to 4 cars at the average 3-day conference.
That’s over 12,500 lbs of trash generated by signage, programs, cups, credentials, etc.—and that’s without factoring in the huge carbon footprint left behind by planes and automobiles. We can do better.
How to Take Your Event and Make It Green
You can make small changes in year one and grow them over time. Simple steps can include:
- Go paperless. Investigate how many aspects of your event can be handled online. Numerous app services are available for small and large scale events that can consolidate programming, content, and communications while reducing the need for printed materials.
- Banner and signage recycling. Recycle the thousands of pounds of printed materials created for just one use. You can even make cool gifts for sponsors or VIPs. Learn from cool companies that take recycling to the next level.
- Food and beverage greening. Incredible greening partners can provide turnkey recycling and composting for your event in an attractive and informative way. Literally thousands of pounds of organic material can be diverted from the landfill. When having an event in a hotel or conference space, make sure greening is part of your contract.
- Eco-friendly production. Solar stages, wind turbine tents, and other incredible developments can ensure that your event reduces its non-renewable power consumption while spreading the news that alternatives are out there—and you are a forerunner in adopting green technologies.
"Green events help protect our ecosystem from the costly damages of convenience, ensuring that we can have nation-wide events for generations to come. Christy Medford"
A National Endeavor
It’s important that all event producers work together to drive change industry-wide because green events will be more expensive until alternatives become commonplace. Green events help protect our ecosystem from the costly damages of convenience, ensuring that we can have nation-wide events for generations to come.