Cultivating a productive meeting environment begins with considering our earth’s environment! With the large impact meetings make, don’t let a negative impact on the environment be on the list. Interested in going green at your next event? Great!
Here are two simple tips to consider while planning:
Cut Down on Paper + Plastic
Opt for digital check-ins and use people to direct attendees rather than posting paper signage. Embrace technology as a way for people to take notes, rather than providing notepads. Did you know that aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable? If you’re providing drink options, ask catering to only provide canned drinks rather than those in plastic bottles. Skip it all together by providing refillable glasses and fill stations throughout the venue.
Donate Leftover Foods
Plan to serve your food buffet-style, rather than plated meals, to avoid wasted leftovers. Team up with a nearby nonprofit who will assist with the pickup and delivery of food. Before you donate, be sure to reference local ordinances regarding food safety and liability.
Why is the GICC a smart pick for a green meeting?
Our 3 convention campus hotels, Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway, and SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway are all LEED certified and within walking distance from your meeting space. Attendees can leave their cars behind and arrive via MARTA or ATL SkyTrain (directly connected to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport). Our onsite caterer, CulinAero always uses fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients,
avoiding any unnecessary packing materials from transporting food from another location.
Know of some other ways to stay green? Tweet us at @TheGICC!