PCMA: Partners in sustainable event education

Dateline San Diego, PCMA Convening Leaders conference The cup runneth over. Not since GMICs Sustainable Events conference has so much high quality, relevant educational content been available to the events professional. The Professional Conference Managers Association (PCMA) has worked hard to feature relevant and timely sessions to help planners understand sustainability as smart business. Education […]

Predictions for sustainable meetings and events, 2012: part 3

We ring in the New Year by rounding out our predictions list for 2012.  As with our earlier posts (here and here) we explore the trends and practical sustainable business practices which are helping planners and suppliers save money, build community and help the planet.  If we were counting these down New Year’s style, we’ve […]

2012 predictions: Sustainable Meetings and Events, part 2 (of 3)

On what we will see more of in the coming year Earlier (this post), our list of predictions for 2012 was introduced. The thinking is informed by many conversations, readings, client requests and a dash of common sense. Technology:  As with all sectors, the meetings and events industry will see a rapid evolution resulting from […]

Sustainable Events 2012: Bold (and not so bold) predictions

As 2011 becomes 2012, lists and reviews abound (including this frightful recounting).  In this spirit, and to bring a focus to meetings industry issues, we consider the influence sustainability will have on the organizations that comprise the industry. This time last year, we created a list of predictions.  While a few examples were perhaps a […]

A bit about eco labels

 So many labels, so much confusion It’s a jungle out there.  There are over 400 labels known worldwide. (For a review of each of these labels, see the Eco Label Index site)  Many people comment that with so many labels, it’s hard to know what is ‘good’.  Yet, certifications can provide real value to meetings […]

Giving Back: MCI’s Power of Action 2011, Montreux

Here at MCI, we’ve been actively engaged in creating a community service action for our annual business meeting which this year will bring over 600 MCI staff and business partners to beautiful Montreux, Switzerland. Our approach, now a standard practice called The Power of Action, was first explained here. How to integrate a social responsibility […]

Sustainable Events: Holiday Season Medley

What better way to close out a busy 2011 than with rousing, inspiring, infectiously enthusiastic, innovative sustainable event initiatives? We been busy elves of sustainability these last several months and wish to share a few of the events about which we are excited here. As always, we’d very much enjoy hearing about actions and ideas […]

Can continued recession drive increased sustainability?

We are so lucky to occasionally rub shoulders with the brightest minds and most effective leaders and thinkers in sustainability.  One such luminary is Hugo Kimber.  We are both humbled and proud to have his thoughts shared here. (See Hugo’s comments here, too.) A key part of sustainability is resource management. Efficient use of resources […]

Transportation & events: omission of emissions?

Transport to and from meetings and events, and the carbon emissions which result, make many of us want to put our head in the sand.  We can hope that the problem will go away, but it sits there, a liability needing resolution.  Across the world, and in spite of commitment to reduce cost, climate impacts […]

What if we wrote a sustainability report and nobody read it?

 ‘What if they gave a war and nobody came’? Many people may not know is that this phrase, best remembered as an anti-war anthem, is a snippet from a poem (Carl Sandburg or Bertolt Brecht depending on who you talk to) which starts What if they gave a war and nobody came? Why, then, the […]