Eight Easy Ways to Green Your Conference

Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your next event is environmentally responsible and eco-friendly: 

Hold your conference near public transportation
Attendees may be coming from all over, both locally and globally, so keep in mind their proximity when picking the event's location. Placing your event near public transportation (buses, trains, subway) cuts environmental costs while giving attendees a taste of the local experience.

Use your legs!
If public transportation is not an option, look into renting bicycles, as well as friendly pedestrian routes!
This way your guests will get to know the area, save money, get exercise, and be environmentally friendly.

Limit ink and paper reliance
When sending invites and information, consider that things like mailers, handouts, folders, and pamphlets add up, weighing on your wallet and on the environment. These materials can be printed double-sided to reduce volume and waste, and there are many beautiful recycled paper options. Hand them out to the genuinely interested, and also look into e-invites. There are many sites out there that offer free e-invite services, like Evite and Event Bright.

So, you've realized flying is overpriced and also unnecessary.
Instead, you’ve decided to share a ride with 3 other people. Congratulation! You’ve already:
• Reduced carbon emissions
• Reduced traffic congestion (which can be awful in most metropolitain areas)
• Split the cost of travelling
• Networked with others on the way there and back

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
Stress the importance of reusable food materials like plates and cutlery
Provide refillable drink containers
Clearly mark recycling bins placed in high-traffic areas

Contact food vendors with local supply roots
Buying local reduces transportation costs (e.g. fruit from another continent)
Reinvests money into the local economy
Reduces the amount of packaging necessary
Donate excess food to local aid shelters

"Buy Local, Buy Fair"
When food cannot be purchased locally, buy fair trade!
This is an easy way of taking care of the world from our own backyard.
Conscious consumer purchasing aids your local businesses and other small businesses across the nation and world.
Remember to look for the Fair Trade Certified label!
For more information on Fair Trade in Massachusetts, click here.

Consider Composting
Most warm foods cannot be donated due to health regulations, therefore a great alternative to throwing out excess leftovers is composting.
This recycling of waste can be arranged with local farms.
Look into compostable silverware options, which are affordable and more eco-friendly.