By following Green Meeting guides and suggestions, organizations can significantly reduce their environmental impact. Green meetings minimize waste, save energy, conserve water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the size of the meeting, the impact of these efforts may vary but all of them help contribute to more sustainable activities.
Meetings and Conventions recently published an article, "Affordable and Green" (October 2009), highlighting green planning savings in virtually every aspect of meeting production.
In the article, Microsoft was noted for saving nearly $500,000 since implementing water coolers instead of individual plastic water bottles at corporate events. The Unitarian Universalist Association held its annual conference in a compact city center conducive to walking and saved $80,000 in transportation costs.
The same issue reported research results that 59 percent of surveyed planners who had implemented green meeting initiatives had realized or were projecting cost savings.
Other specific economies have been outlined by MeetGreen*, including:
The list goes on, including savings from local food sourcing, water and energy conservation, and streamlining transportation costs.
Benefits of Green Meetings