A majority of planners
claim their meetings are greener today than they were two years ago, according to a recent M&C
survey. However, just 22 percent of the 146 respondents have a policy regarding green meetings. Costs are a consideration, with only 36 percent willing to pay more for eco-friendly practices. Half say they offer recycling on-site only if the meeting facility already provides that service. Interestingly, 17 percent of meeting professionals are unaware that convention facilities and hotels can be certified as environmentally responsible.
of planners always provide means for attendees to recycle paper, bottles and cans on-site.27%
print conference materials on recycled paper. Another 27 percent aren't sure if the paper is recycled, and 18 percent do not provide printed materials.45%
some-times donate leftover food to charity when possible; 8 percent always do so.53%
believe on-site conservation efforts are important to their meeting attendees.
83% are aware that facilities and hotels can be certified as environmentally responsible.Source: M&C Research survey of 146 meeting professionals