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Meeting Responsibly: Change Begins with You

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Did you know that the meetings industry is the second-most wasteful industry in America? There are a lot of things meeting professionals can do to eliminate the waste generated by meetings and events. In this session, we'll go beyond the three "Rs" associated with green meetings and explore the myriad ways you can create truly responsible and sustainable experiences for exhibitors and attendees.

Learning Objectives:
•Identify ways in which suppliers and planners can partner to create more sustainable meetings and events
•Explore what it means to create a "virtuous circle"
•Understand how to integrate measurement, implementation and communication plans into meeting/event design

For more meeting and event planning education, visit http://academy.mpiweb.org. For more information about Meeting Professionals International, visit http://www.mpiweb.org/join.

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Meeting Responsibly: Change Begins with You

  1. 1. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join Kristi Casey Sanders, CMP, CMM, DES, HMCC Director of Thought Leadership Meeting Professionals International @KristiCasey #MPI www.mpiweb.org/join
  2. 2. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join LEARNER OBJECTIVES #1 IDENTIFY WAYS SUPPLIERS AND PLANNERS CAN PARTNER TO CREATE MORE SUSTAINABLE EVENTS #2 EXPLORE WHAT IT MEANS TO CREATE A “VIRTUOUS CIRCLE” #3 UNDERSTAND HOW TO INTEGRATE MEASUREMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND COMMUNICATION INTO THE EVENT DESIGN
  3. 3. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WE WORK IN THE SECOND-MOST WASTEFUL INDUSTRY IN AMERICA.
  4. 4. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN? HINT: IT’S A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION
  5. 5. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join PEOPLE. PLANET. PROFIT. GREEN IS A TREND. SUSTAINABILITY IS A MINDSET.
  6. 6. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join WHAT ARE YOU ALREADY DOING? REDUCING … RECYCLING … REUSING …
  7. 7. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join THE QUICKEST WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE PARTNER WITH SUSTAINABLE VENDORS AND FACILITIES
  8. 8. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join WHEN SHOULD YOU START TALKING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?
  9. 9. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join WITH YOUR RFP HTTP://WWW.GMICGLOBAL.ORG/?APEXRESOURCES • ACCOMMODATIONS • VENUE • FOOD AND BEVERAGE • EXHIBITS • TRANSPORTATION • AUDIOVISUAL • DESTINATION MANAGEMENT/CVB • DESTINATION CITY • COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING • ONSITE OFFICE
  10. 10. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join DON’T TRY TO REINVENT THE WHEEL • ASK WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE • VENDORS & VENUES ARE LEADING INNOVATION • THEIR #1 FRUSTRATION IS THAT PLANNERS DON’T ASK FOR IT
  11. 11. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join DESIGN WITH THE END IN MIND WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE LEFTOVER FOOD OR PACKING MATERIALS? HOW CAN YOU ELIMINATE ANY WASTE?
  12. 12. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join PARTNER WITH YOUR CVB FIND LOCAL CHARITIES, AFFORDABLE VENDORS AND SOLUTIONS
  13. 13. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join THINK ABOUT CREATING A VIRTUOUS CIRCLE HOW WILL YOU CLOSE THE LOOP?
  14. 14. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS CASE STUDY • $35,000 WORTH OF GOODS DONATED TO CREATE WELCOME PACKETS FOR KIDS • EMPLOYEES ASSEMBLED KITS AT EVENT • ST. JUDE’S RANCH FOR CHILDREN ACCEPTED KITS ONSTAGE • SURPRISE DONATION MADE CONSISTING OF FUNDS SAVED BY NOT BUYING BOTTLED WATER
  15. 15. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join WHAT DO YOU MEASURE NOW? ANYTHING YOU CAN MEASURE, YOU CAN MANAGE.
  16. 16. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join BASELINE MEASUREMENTS THINGS YOU CAN MEASURE • COST SAVINGS • WHAT’S BEEN REDUCED • WHAT’S BEING REUSED • WHAT’S RECYCLED OR COMPOSTED • IMPACT ON EMPLOYEES/ATTENDEES • COMMUNICATION METRICS • DONATIONS WHAT VENDORS CAN MEASURE FOR YOU • WATER CONSUMPTION • ENERGY CONSUMPTION • WASTE GENERATION • WASTE DIVERSION • ECONOMIC IMPACT
  17. 17. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join CHALLENGE: GREENING THE COMPANY PICNIC LAST YEAR 300+ PEOPLE GENERATED 540 GALLONS OF TRASH. WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT?
  18. 18. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join CHALLENGE: GREENING THE COMPANY PICNIC • COMMUNICATION • COMPOSTABLE PLATES, CUPS, SERVICE WEAR • LOCAL CHARITIES TO ACCEPT TRINKETS • 340 EMPLOYEES = LESS THAN ONE BAG OF TRASH (COMPOST REMOVAL = $200)
  19. 19. ©2018 Meeting Professionals International. All rights reserved. www.mpiweb.org/join RESOURCES AND NEXT STEPS GMICGLOBAL.COM ISO20121.ORG USGBC.ORG/LEED MEETGREEN.COM GREENVENUEREPORT

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