More and more people are paying attention to the “carbon footprint” of the organizations that they interact with. That means your members - especially those in younger generations - are definitely noticing when you make an effort to be conscious of yours.
One area to be particularly careful with? Your events. There are a lot of details along the planning, preparing, and executing journey that, with some care and attention, could make your event a whole lot more “green.” Start by getting in the habit of thinking about these things with each event you host:
What are my attendee’s transportation options?
Consider how your attendees will get to and from your event - and (if it’s a multi-day event) around town, too. Is there public transportation nearby? Is everything fairly walkable? If driving or calling an Uber is going to be their best option, make sure you encourage carpooling.
Does my venue support sustainability?
If your venue doesn’t have already green options already in place, you may find it difficult to enact any of your environmentally friendly initiatives. Keep this top of mind as you search for a venue. Here are a few things to consider:
- Whether or not they’re LEED certified
- Recycling options - a place for paper, plastic, cans, etc.
- What materials they use for disposable items (plastic vs. paper straws, for example)
- What items they use instead of the disposable option
- The presence of natural light and water-saving fixtures
Already have one? Great! Get with your on-site contact to see how they can help with your initiatives and ideas!
How much food do I REALLY need?
Events are notoriously wasteful when it comes to food. Do your best to order what you’ll need without going overboard. Want to go a step further? Be intentional about what to do with any leftovers. If it’s a smaller event, give your attendees to-go boxes! (Who doesn’t love free food?) For larger events: Did you know there are actually organizations that’ll pick up extra food and donate it?
How much paper do I REALLY need to print?
Honestly, with the option to house most (if not all) of your documents online, chances are you shouldn’t actually have to print much. Attendees don’t want to bother with carrying around a stack of paper, anyway. List all of the documents you’d normally print, and be really critical about what you should print this time around.
A mobile app dedicated specifically to your event is a really great option for not having to print anything at all. With an app, attendees can access ALL (yes, all) of your event’s information right on their phone. (Including documents they may want to access and print themselves later.) Talk about convenient!
In fact, there’s a lot more value to be had by using a dedicated event app, like increasing attendee engagement, strengthening sponsorship value, and alleviating your own planning frustrations. Interested in learning more? Take a look at our app solution: