Even if you are planning a smaller gathering than the recent meeting of the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) in Los Angeles, you might learn from the green efforts of that group.
The organization incorporated the following elements into its annual conference last month:
- AFP printed its marketing materials on recycled, chlorine-free paper and used soy-based inks. Likewise, AFP provided exhibitors, vendors and sponsors with recycling and waste-reduction tips.
- AFP held a volunteer day at a Los Angles homeless shelter.
- AFP held its meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is affiliated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Wise and Green Power Partnership and the U.S. Green Building Council.
- The convention center used reusable dishware, flatware and linens for the conference.
- AFP partnered with a transportation company that uses shuttle buses with technology that reduces environmental impact.
- AFP chose hotels that incorporate green through recycling and chemical reduction programs.
Meeting Strategies Worldwide estimates that a typical five-day conference with 2,500 people attending uses 62,500 plates, 87,500 napkins, 75,000 cups or glasses, and 90,000 cans or bottles.
Your meetings — even staff meetings — probably are smaller, but every little bit helps. Involve your employees in green planning, and you may be surprised at the ideas that emerge.