Friday, February 28, 2020

Green Meetings – Tips from the Georgia World Congress Center and Meeting Sites Pro

The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta is currently the largest event space to be environmentally certified by the US Green Building Council. For the past 10 years, the center has been investing in sustainability in efforts to improve the carbon footprint caused by the events industry. The center positions itself as a highly efficient and climate-conscious venue in hopes of encouraging other convention centers around the world to prioritize this issue and make the change to become more sustainable.

Here are some tips they shared and how we embody these at Meeting Sites Pro:

Public transportation is a number one priority – At MSP we include instructions and encourage public transportation instructions to all attendees and use airport hotels for shorter meetings.
  • More can be recycled than you think – We recycle everything from name badges and signage to paper in the office. We encourage our hotel partners to use reusable banquets items over plastic and have moved towards paperless onsite management and registration with our Surface Pro’s, We are always thinking of creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
  • The details are hidden in the design and connected hotels mean greener housing – We always try to keep all sleeping rooms at the same venue and when our meetings are held outside of the hotel, we do our best to place our attendees within walking distance of the meeting venue.
  • The social footprint is just as important – From partnering with socially conscious hotels and clients to sourcing local event staff and giving back to our community whenever possible, Meeting Sites Pro believes in the importance of monitoring your social footprint.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for green meetings?

To learn more about efforts at the Georgia World Congress Center, please see their article below.