How Important is Green?

On-site conservation efforts preferred, but not a priority

By the Numbers
• 58% of planners believe on-site conservation efforts are very or somewhat important to their meeting attendees.

• 27% always provide means for attendees to recycle paper, cans and bottles on-site; 49 percent only do so if such efforts already are in place at the facility.

• 26% often or sometimes implement green meeting elements that add costs.

• 1% say their attendees often complain about lack of conservation efforts. Another 19 percent sometimes field such gripes.

Meeting professionals generally prefer green policies and procedures -- especially if such measures don't add to the cost of their events. In fact, 74 percent of the 161 respondents to a recent M&C Research poll rarely or never implement green meeting elements that require additional expense. Seventeen percent believe the meetings they plan are considerably greener now than they were two years ago; 46 percent say they are somewhat greener. For a look at how planners feel about specific conservation efforts at hotels, go to