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Green Tips for Décor and Rental Professionals

December 13, 2007

By Lori Hill

When using décor items for meetings/events, remember to choose environmentally friendly options and minimize or eliminate waste by choosing products that are biodegradable or recyclable. 

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Going Green To Do List

December 12, 2007

By Lori Hill

The first question that most clients will ask when you suggest going green is, “How much will it cost?”  In many instances, it will save you money such as reduced costs for printing handouts and creating less signs.  You can also stress to clients that it is the socially responsible thing to do.


Green can also be a selling point when promoting your event to the media (be sure to list all of your green initiatives in your press release!). Finally, depending on the nature of the event, a green event can be a natural fit (e.g. my children’s music festival is a natural fit for a green event since we need to ensure that we leave a nice Earth behind for our kids!).


When planning meetings and events for clients, I’m now encouraging them to go green with their venue and menu selections, among other things ISES (International Special Events Society) is instituting green initiatives for its annual conference held each August. 

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Green Practices for Meeting and Event Planners

December 11, 2007

By Lori Hill

For decades I’ve been known as a recycling queen and I consider myself an environmentalist. In fact, in less than one week, I’m jumping into the icy Chesapeake Bay for a cause I am extremely passionate about: the fight against global warming. 

In one way or another, I believe we all need to be concerned about the earth.

I’ve witnessed the tons of waste in the meeting and event industry, so I’m on a mission, along with many others, to make us greener! 

So what are some basic things that we can do as meeting and event professionals? 

Use recycled items and recycle everything from paper, signs and name badges to the obvious cans, bottles and newspapers.

Train your clean-up crews to sort out recyclable and reusable items from the leftover waste and if the venue doesn’t recycle, collect it yourself and reuse and recycle it. 

Don’t take NO for an answer.  During initial conversations with a venue for a children’s music festival I produced in June, I was told that it was just “too complicated” to recycle since attendees rarely took advantage of the containers or used them improperly. I convinced the venue to provide the containers in exchange for us taking three steps to ensure that the containers were used correctly:

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Healing Words

December 07, 2007

By Joan Eiesenstodt

On Thursday, in "What's in a Name", I looked at 'hospitality' and 'hospitable', their definitions and applications for meetings.  Today, the last of my 'guruing' for 2007, is an opportunity to help all of us look more deeply at how we treat those with whom we work and with whom we interact on a professional basis, how we use language and what we really mean in the words we say.

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What's in a Name?

December 06, 2007

By Joan Eisenstodt

This week, I've written about some broad topics (what the industry holds for 2008) and narrowed some of those to look at meeting demographics, meeting design, and risk management.  It occurs to me that we can bring the discussion back to what our industry is called and what meetings or gatherings should offer - hospitality.

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The Risk Factor

December 05, 2007

By Joan Eisenstodt

So far this we've talked about meeting design and demographics.  I'd talk about food and beverage, since it is always a major component of a meeting and can often set the tone. Alas, I am not an F&B guru and will leave that to Arlene Sheff, Patti Shock and others.  I will however address food and beverage - and other issues - in ways we don't consider often enough.

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Demographics In Flux

December 05, 2007

By Joan Eisenstodt

As we continue to look at back as 2007 comes to an end and forward to 2008, anyone who has paid even a modicum of attention realizes that the demographics of virtually all countries is changing.  In years past, demographics impacted meetings little; those who attended meetings tended to be fairly homogeneous.  If one looks at photos from meetings of years past, one sees, mainly, white men attending, many with female spouses.  Not so today.

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Predictions for 2008

December 03, 2007

By Joan Eisenstodt

For a number of years, as the end of a year approached, Meeting News would ask some of us in the industry what our thoughts were on the year that was ending and what we 'predicted' for the coming year.  In December, individuals begin to think about the new calendar year and the resolutions they will make.   

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