Last week I co-moderated the #eventprofs (event and tradeshow professionals hashtag on Twitter) Earth Day Tweetchat with my friend, Lindsey Rosenthal (@eventsforgood on Twitter), of Events for Good, which helps companies, nonprofits and associations plan charitable events, fundraising events, and other special events. It was a lively chat with great participation from around the country and even overseas.
Some of the great ideas gleaned from the chat included:
- Going paperless with handouts, brochures, show directories, etc. Documents would be distributed electronically. Also using new technologies such as Foursquare and texting to enhance attendee and exhibitor experience.
- Reusing centerpieces from previous events
- Reusing/recycling/donating display materials
- Reusing/renting/recycling show carpeting
- Providing ample recycling bins
- LED lighting
- Donating unused food to shelters and charities (thanks to event planner Susan L. Cope, @susanlynncope on Twitter, for providing insight on Good Samaritan Laws covering this)
- Internet cafes of laptops for those who don’t/can’t bring to events
- Virtual tradeshows
- Using kiosks for signage and input
- Not pre-filling water glasses on tables and encouraging reusable water bottle use with water stations
- Using guidelines such as those from the U.S. Green Building Council (.pdf) and BSI Group’s Sustainability Management Systems for Events guidelines (Thanks to @MtgRevolution and @KristiNihiser on Twitter for those links)
- Carefully using carbon offset purchases and determining carbon footprint of your event. Click here to calculate the carbon footprint of your event.
- … and more!
- Cost of going green still outweighing economic factors
- Many people don’t care about green issues
But I think event specialist Cheryl Lawson, @Partyaficionado on Twitter, summed it up best with, “You don’t have to be 100% to make a difference. People fear the ‘Oh, this isn’t green’ and don’t do anything.”
Thanks to all the #eventprofs who participated!
- Follow the #eventprofs Hashtag on Twitter (and join the conversation!)
- Get the #eventprofs chat schedule
- Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Your Event
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