A new not-for-profit initiative called the Empty Suitcase Campaign creates opportunities for meeting planners to add CSR to their meetings and incentive programs when there’s no time to include a group activity. The new portal--emptysuitcase.org—features a list of destinations around the globe and everyday items that are in need there, which was compiled with the help of local DMCs.
Meeting and event planners’ days consist of making decisions, countless decisions, from venue and equipment to decorations and team building activities. Now at the top of their list of considerations is environmental sustainability.
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When the recent United Fresh 2015 annual convention and expo wrapped up at Chicago’s McCormick Place, United Fresh donated 39,019 lbs. of produce and 207 lbs. of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Volunteers helped collect donations from the convention floor, which is filled with fresh produce companies, to benefit those in need serviced by Greater Chicago Food Depository partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchen, and other emergency feeding centers.
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Offering Appealing New “Giving Back Meeting Program” Promotion
The AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, located in the picturesque Ozark Mountains overlooking pristine Table Rock Lake in Missouri, is offering an enticing new “Giving Back Meeting Program” promotion, with a very appealing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) option. Available to new bookings by September 30, 2015, for a meeting or program held at the resort before February 29, 2016, the promotion invites the group to receive their choice of a 3% rebate (based on rooms’ revenue) back to the master account or donating the 3% to their choice of one of many local charities. The program is available to new meetings and programs only with 50 or more guest rooms which a contract has not already been issued. The 3% rebate or donation will be based upon consumed room revenue, according to the resort’s Director of Sales David Hume. Widely considered one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, the resort features 301 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, 43,500 square feet of meeting space all on one level, and many scenic outdoor venues.
Levy Restaurants, the exclusive food and beverage provider for the Cuyahoga County-owned Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center, has teamed up with SMG to start two colonies of honeybees to produce honey for Convention Center recipes.
This sustainable project includes colonies of bees that will produce anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds of honey per hive. In addition, the bees will travel up to eight miles from the Convention Center to pollinate plants and flowers in the surrounding area. Levy and SMG plan to utilize the honey as part of site visit packages, honey-infused recipes, and VIP client giveaways.
Association meeting planners conduct a “Sustainability Smackdown” to bury five myths during ASAE Springtime Expo
Green meetings have been popular for years, but a few people still seem to need convincing that sustainability is smart business.
Enter the ASAE Convene Green Alliance (CGA), which hosted a “Sustainability Smackdown: Mythbusting for Green Meeting Skeptics and Procrastinators” at the May 15 ASAE Springtime Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
According to a 2011 study by MIT, sustainability is an ongoing agenda item for 70% of companies. Even companies like PepsiCo and Siemens are investing in sustainable solutions and programs in hopes of powering the future. And when corporations place a high value on being green, meeting planners must follow.
As our clients spend more resources than ever before on “going green,” meeting planners have added being green to their own agendas.
Is it just me or are the phone books dropped on our doorsteps multiplying? Many moons ago, phone book deliveries were a once-a-year occurrence. Some people got pretty excited about it.
I can't help but wonder who's still advertising in that thing? Even more intriguing, who has that sales gig and what's their pitch? Which brings us to today's topic...
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