By Kreg Weiss, B HKin • November 8th, 2008 • 3382 Views
For most workers, meetings are a fact of life. With weekly staff meetings, seminars, annual general meetings and the occasional conference to attend, the environmental impact of meetings are often overlooked. The reality is meetings result in increased energy consumption, waste production, and even air pollutants and GHG emissions from the energy demand.
By hosting green meetings, organizations can save money and the environment. According to Environment Canada's Green Meeting Guide, a green meeting is one that ensures that all aspects of an event, including its location, food services and transportation are approached with pollution prevention in mind. There are many reasons to host a green meeting:
· Conserving energy and reducing waste saves money
· Your green meeting will showcase the benefits of green meetings and encourage attendees go green with their own meetings
· Green organizations have a positive public image
· Employees can take pride in working for a green and socially responsible organization
Here are some ideas that will help you plan green meetings:
· Arrange for teleconferencing and videoconferencing whenever possible to reduce the need for fuel consumption (from driving or flying)
· Or meet at a location that is close for all the attendees
· Choose a location that is accessible by public transit
· Distribute relevant documents prior to the meeting via e-mail so attendees can read them before the meeting without printing them (or print only what they need)
· Where paper is necessary, be sure to print on both sides of the page
· Collect name tags at the end of the meeting for reuse at your next meeting...