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Green Venues are on their way

Everyone nowadays is talking about the ‘Green’ concept. Some companies have already adopted it and for as much as I know it looks that it is going to become a “prerequisite” for out-of-town events. Green events will be the hype for the years to come. But for now…how can we prepare for this since we are still at the beginning of this era?

Responsible Meeting Planners and Venue Managers are turning their attention to this issue and making it easy to “Go Green”.

Today, I would like to give meeting planners some tips on how to choose a green venue for their events.

To start with, I would recommend choosing a conference venue or meeting place that has a green policy.
But what does it mean being a Green venue? “Green” Venues are environmentally friendly properties whose managers are eager to institute programs that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste – while saving money – to help protect the earth.

Finding the right venue for your event is the main part of the planning process. Making that selection green is simply a matter of asking the right questions such as:

* Does the venue have any eco-friendly signage?
* Does the venue use eco-friendly material (e.g. paper, laundry bags)?
* What kind of recycling programs does the venue have (e.g. aluminium,
plastic, paper, water, composting)?
* If the venue has accommodation, do guests have the option to reuse
towels and sheets instead of having them changed every day?
* What programs does it offer to reduce consumption? Examples include
energy-efficient lighting, low-flow toilets and showers, and alternative
energy sources like solar or wind power.
* How does the venue contribute to the local community?
* Do they buy locally sourced food and materials?
* Do you need to catch “three planes” to get there? The venue might be
green…the way to go there might not.

These are some of the things you should consider in order to find a green venue for your event.

Will get back with more ideas!