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ICC Sydney Saves Use of 1m Plastic Bottles

ICC Sydney has announced that more than one million plastic water bottles have been saved from use via its partnership with Sydney Water. The venue promotes drinking Sydney tap water at events with co-branded, reusable glass bottles in all meeting rooms. This has already reduced plastic use by 12,900 kilograms. From CIM News Magazine…

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Energy Disruptors Unite Challenges Industry Assumptions

The inaugural edition of Energy Disruptors Unite in Calgary, Canada, joined together oil and gas leaders with the brightest minds of the renewable energy industry. With a diverse speaker lineup that included Sir Richard Branson, initial success indicates the event could become a driving force in solving the world’s big energy issues. From PCMA…

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Cape Town Hosts 1,500 Delegate Water Conference

The Water Institute of Southern Africa has hosted its three-day conference and exhibition in Cape Town, with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille delivering the welcome address. With over 1,500 delegates attending, the meeting sought to raise awareness of what the local water sector has been doing in response to the province’s drought. From the Event…

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New Sydney Environmental Partnership Launched

More than 30 organisations have joined forces to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption, and improving waste management and recycling. The partners include ICC Sydney, whose inventive design includes a community-funded solar array, a large rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies. From CIM News Magazine…

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Greener Coffee… or Enjoying Caffeine with Less Carbon

Coffee in copious quantity sustains much of the meetings industry. Yet disposable coffee cups are in of themselves a major sustainability issue. As the sector aims to reduce its carbon footprint, one organiser successfully avoided the mountains of cups often left behind at events, while also helping fund clean water projects around the world. From PCMA…

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Making the Business Case for Holding Sustainable Events

Holding sustainable events can be hard work, and involve a variety of quite different challenges. The Vice President of Marketing for Oracle, Paul Salinger, discussed how to navigate the business aspects of sustainability during the Sustainable Brands 2018 conference recently held in Vancouver. Here are the four takeaways of his session. From PCMA Convene…

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Vegetarian Only Meetings: Further Sustainability Questions

When about 2,000 meeting delegates sat down for lunch at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Annual Conference, they were fed all plant-based food all conference long. In addition to the conference’s first-ever all-vegetarian menu, the organiser made another big move in 2017 by eliminating breakfast from the menu. From PCMA…

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Sustainable Meetings: Six Areas to Shine a Light Upon

With an ever-increasing focus on the environment and growing demand for sustainable practice, green event and conference planning is now an established trend within the global meetings industry. Here are six areas to consider for a greener approach: the venue, carbon offsetting, the accommodation, the catering, technology and lighting, and the materials used. From the Event…

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Vegetarian and Pescatarian Meetings: The Sustainability Question

In the GDS-Index white paper The Iceberg just published in Research, Finland’s Visit Espoo is committing to serve only locally-produced vegetarian food and sustainable fish to association delegates. Would you ever serve only vegetables and fish to your event attendees? Would they accept such a proposal? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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The Huntington Convention Center’s “Real FarmVille”

The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland is the latest venue to be farming produce onsite for the consumption of its visitors. The project, called “The Real FarmVille”, grows tomatoes, corn, mesclun and peppers. There are also chickens, pigs and even bees, not just for honey but for scientific study as well. From PCMA…

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