A COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Developments worldwide have made it painfully clear that our actions and inactions are directly and very negatively impacting the world we live in today. At Event Dynamics, we believe that there are actions we can take to contribute to a better world.

 

We recognize there is a long road ahead before we can get back to meeting together in-person as we did pre-COVID-19, and that we face challenges we never imagined just 12 months ago. But we are committed to rethinking, redesigning and reimagining events in ways that truly do contribute to a better world.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS FOR EVENTS

 

In 2015, the United Nations developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a universal call to action to protect the planet and improve human lives.  

 

These 17 SDGs include social, economic, and environmental sustainability considerations that can be applied by governments, corporations, non-profits and yes, even those of us who plan and implement events.

 

At Event Dynamics, we work toward support of these SDGs in all areas of our business:

SDG 1 and 2: No Poverty and Zero Hunger

  • Offer volunteer programs to attendees and staff that benefit the local community

  • Work with caterers to donate left over or excess food

 

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

  • Make appealing plant-based food items an option

  • Encourage organically grown food

  • Encourage exercise and promote health during the event

 

SDG 4: Quality Education

  • Where we can, influence programs to encourage quality and diversity

 

SDG 5: Gender Equality

  • Where possible, encourage speaker panels that are gender balanced

  • Provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ participants

  • Offer facilities for nursing mothers on site

 

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Where possible, and where clients are looking for good local projects to support, partner with organizations to provide clean drinking water to people in need

  • Request meeting venues use Green Seal-certified and EPA-approved cleaners

 

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Select venues that use renewable energy, preferably including on-site solar for at least 10% of power consumption

 

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Prioritize local vendors in our procurement process, including food and beverage and giveaway items

 

SDG 9: Industry, Infrastructure, and Innovation

  • Encourage venues that are LEED or WELL-certified

  • Incorporate virtual/digital elements into events where possible

 

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

  • Consider using local volunteers who will benefit from the industry topic (students, interns)

  • Take into consideration hearing impaired, physically challenged, and non-English speaking attendees

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Donate leftover conference materials to local community and non-profits

  • Feature local cultural entertainers drawn from projects that educate and develop skills

  • Minimize shipping – use local product where possible

 

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Recycle, compost, and reduce landfill wherever possible 

  • Eliminate Foam core signage and Styrofoam from the show floor

  • Reduce paper consumption and go digital where possible - online registration, mobile meeting apps – or at the very least use recycled or 100% recyclable paper

 

SDG 13: Climate Action

  • Where possible, conduct a baseline carbon impact of the meeting venue, hotels, and attendee travel

  • Select meeting and event venues within walking distance of accommodation

  • Offer attendees the option to offset their carbon footprint

  • Select electric or hybrid vehicles for transportation where possible

 

SDG 14: Life Below Water

  • Where possible, request all seafood served follows the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch recommendation for sustainable seafood

  • Eliminate straws and single use plastics from bars and meal functions

 

SDG 15: Life on Land

  • Partner with organizations to plant trees on behalf of the event as a legacy project

  • Prioritize reusable cups and service ware for all meal functions (even post-COVID)

 

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

  • Create awareness of human trafficking

 

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

  • Partner with vendors to implement sustainable practices with requests for sustainability metrics and pre-event sustainability planning