Events, from small meetings to large scale conventions, consume energy, produce waste and create harmful emissions. Facilities and Meeting Planners alike are increasingly aware of the environmental impacts and as such hosting a green meeting is becoming more common.
But what is a ‘green meeting’? Simply stated, a green meeting or event incorporates environmental initiatives to minimize its negative impact on the environment; from energy and water consumption, travel & transportation, food & beverage, handouts, garbage and more.
As “green” options in the meeting and conference industry expand, environmentally conscious event planners, organizers and companies are finding that going “green” not only helps save the planet and resources, but also offers a wealth of other benefits and advantages.
The Green Key Meetings Program, co-created by Green Key Global and The MPI Foundation Canada is a comprehensive assessment tool for eco-friendly lodging and event facilities that host meetings of any size. Shaped by planner members of MPI and the needs of the business event industry the Program is an excellent tool for Travel, Meeting and Conference Planners in determining a facility’s level of commitment to environmental issues.
Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, facilities are awarded a rating from 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys being the highest attainable. Detailed Performance Reports showcase a member’s accomplishments while also outlining areas in which they could improve.
Green Key Meetings is about sustainable meeting operations, adding value to the bottom line through conservation and brand management, and positively influencing the supply chain and relationships.
Using the Green Key Eco-Rating Program as a benchmark, the Green Key Meetings Program takes a deeper, more comprehensive look at how facilities perform in six key areas:
- Core Areas (Carbon, Energy, Waste, Water, Air Quality)
- Communication (Information, Training)
- Activities (Purchasing, Auditing, Community)
- People (Health)
Marketing & Promotion
Celebrate your successes. Green Key Global does. We provide a variety of marketing materials to assist members in the promotion of their initiatives as well as tools and resources to support ongoing sustainable programs. We also strive to showcase your initiatives through our social media channels, website and e-newsletter.
Launched in late 2011, there are currently 100 properties participating in the Green Key Meetings Program. Of those members that have completed and submitted the self-assessment, the Key Rating breakdown is as follows:
If you are an existing Green Key Eco-Rating member who would like to join the Green Key Meetings program, please click here to register.
Green Key Meetings – Supporting the principles of people, planet and profit.