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Think global, act local – sustainability at meetings and events.

At present, it has never been more important for individuals and companies to reduce their carbon footprint and conserve resources for future generations. Meetings and events can sometimes have a large impact on the environment due to lots of attendees travelling hundreds of miles to reach the destination and providing the delegates with accommodation with a bath, so sustainability is key. There are small things that venues and event organisers can both do to reduce the carbon footprint of their events and help to build a sustainable future for generations to come.

Think global and act local –

* Green purchasing of products for the event, for example, fair trade tea, coffee and fruit.

* Serving tap water instead of mineral water as it saves on resources, transport and waste.

* Use the venues own AV equipment rather than outsourcing a company who may have to travel many miles to reach the venue.

* Choose an event venue that close to the majority of your delegates to keep their travel miles down.

* Use local suppliers for your catering to reduce food miles.

* Give out useful merchandise to delegates so that they can reuse them, for example, gifts that use minimal packaging and are sourced locally.

* Print documents double sided.

* Encourage car sharing and the use of public transport.

* Make best use of natural daylight in conference rooms to save electricity from lighting.

* Use recycled conference pads and pens.

* Use Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to advertise your services rather than a brochure.

* Put recycling bins around the venue.

* Make use of whiteboards rather than flipcharts.

If some of these strategies are implemented on a day-to-day basis at meetings and conferences, this will significantly lower the carbon footprint of events, conserve energy for future generations and the event will cost less overall.

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