Exhibitions and events, by their very nature, create waste. Properly managed, exhibitions and events can recycle excess materials and supplies in useful and meaningful ways and they can do so using methods that result in minimized impacts to our environmental.
IAEE aims to educate and influence its member organizations in achieving economic and strategic goals while minimizing adverse environmental impacts of the events they produce.
IAEE Committee on Environmental Responsibility identifies resources and develop best practices that address how to minimize the environmental impact of events globally. These documents will serve as references with which to develop comprehensive resources that will assist exhibition, event organizers and suppliers to the industry in creating more environmental-friendly, “Green” events.
Additionally, organizations can adjust their administrative practices in very simple ways to reduce the environmental impact of their office operations on the environment. The committee will identify, as its first goal, simple steps which organizations can undertake to reduce their impact on the environment.
Key Resources: Green Products
The following web resources touch on the subject of “green” or environmentally conscious meetings:
For Event Planners: It Is Easy Being Green!
Best Practices: Kallman Worldwide's Green Approach at the Paris Air Show
Freeman’s Exhibit Transportation Service Certified by EPA
2008 National Hardware Show (R) and Freeman Team Up to Recycle/Divert 88% of Post-Show Materials from Landfills
Freeman's Ongoing Green Effrots
American Airlines Green Initiatives
RCS Green Holder-Less Badge
Valley's Manufacturing Processes and Services
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Meeting Green
F.T.C. Kicks Off Green Marketing Hearings 10 January 2008
BBC - New Green Standard for Big Events
Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events Webpage
National Recycling Coalition Green Meetings Policy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Meetings
Green Trade Shows are Starting to Feel Recycled
Trend Watching's March 2009 Eco-Bounty
Marriott Chief Warns About Global Warming
Is Your Meeting Green Enough?
Tons of Steel, Gravel Recycled from Three-Story Exhibit
GreenBuzz: Taking Care of Business
Lofty Claims Made by Airlines, Resorts, Others Often Just Empty Promises San Francisco Chronicle Article: Making Conventions Environmentally Friendly
Exhibitor Magazine Research on “An Inconvenient Booth"
Exhibitor Magazine White Paper "An Inconvenient Booth"
Green Exhibiting from Exhibit Concepts
It's Not Easy Being Green - Or Is It
Freeman Rolls Out "Green Carpet"
Freeman Recycles 25 Million Sq. Ft. of Carpet
ARAMARK Convention Centers & Cultural Attractions Expands Environmental Stewardship Efforts
October 2007 Issue of Gourmet 365
Meetings & Conventions – August 2006 issue – “Sustainable Savings”
Meetings Industry Megasite – “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
MeetingsNet - Green Meetings
Smart Meetings February 2005 issue – “Eco Meetings”
Industry Association Initiatives:
Travel Industry Association's Sustainability Site
Sample Language for Environmental Clauses in Contracts (as listed on PCMA's Capital Chapter site):
Sustainable Business Institute Information (as listed on PCMA's Capital Chapter site):
Convention Industry Council – Green Meetings Report
The Meeting Professional March 2006 issue – “Going Green” cover story
Oceans Blue Foundation
Convene April 2006 issue - “Zero Waste: Next Step Beyond Recycling”
Convene December 2006 issue – “Majora Carter – Not Your Ordinary Environmental Leader”
Convene December 2006 issue – “David Suzuki – We Have To Be The Change We Want”
Convene December 2006 issue – “Meetings That Don’t Make an Impact (On the Environment, That Is)
Convene December 2006 Issue – “Too Heavy a Footprint”
Red, White and "Green": The Cost of Carbon in the Global Wine Trade
Large List of Websites Dedicated to Going Green
Ecospun - Sell Sheet
Ecospun - Presentation