Another week of insightful discussion.
This week we spoke all about finding sustainable solutions while meeting pandemic requirements.
As we continue to navigate the current pandemic we discussed sustainable measures which could be taken and as we redefine requirements now is the best time to have that discussion to improve our sustainability measures.
Here is the recap of this week’s sessions:
How do we define sustainability
Sustainability is all systems working together and thriving. 3 P’s People, Planet , Profit.
But beware of greenwashing this is , deceptively pretending to be green by loosely stating labels such as eco-friendly or organic without following the necessary steps to actually be sustainable and thinking about the future. Doing it for the reasons of the additional profit and not the mitigation of linear economy or well being of the ecosystem.
The main areas/ pillars of Sustainability are:
While we understand that it is not sustainable to be sustainable all the time it is advised to make attempts to be sustainable by following these top 3 tips:
How can we mitigate single use waste as we plan events meeting these new requirements
A lot of single use items are being generated in response to the pandemic. The recommended solution is using biodegradable, reusable and/or recyclable items instead of single use plastic , for example:.
What are some great ideas to help conserve and reduce our waste as the landscape of meetings is changing
Every action has a reaction. As the landscape of meetings is changing we can focus on the amount of food wastage. As the law is a bit easier now regarding excess food from hotels and events we can look into food donations instead of dumping
What is the biggest contaminant we are seeing now due to the pandemic
As Benoit stated “we did what we could with what we had...we didn’t see it coming”. The level of contaminants and the impact on the environment proved to be greater than we imagined. These include:
How can we be sustainable while still meeting our budget
There are several cost effective ways including: options available other than biodegradable cups etc.
Does sustainable always mean expensive
The notion of being sustainable shouldn’t be an afterthought. It should be verified and greenwashed. It should be included in your initial proposal and planning process. Sustainability involves engaging all stakeholders including the community from the get go - communication is the key.
Print your logo on reusable cloth masks and other reusable merchandise. This will aid in profits and regaining clientele.
When sourcing vendors sustainably look at the following:
At Little Black Book Series we have a Vendor Sustainability Checklist which provides you with key factors to look for to assess sustainability.
Planning Alternatives For Venues and Providers
When planning your event consider implementing the following sustainable alternatives:
Plan from the basis of sustainability. Focus on reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose
Top 3 sustainable tips for planning post pandemic
Don’t forget your free download of our Sustainability Checklist to know exactly what to look for when assessing sustainability.
Be sure to check out the replay of our Live Q&A discussion with Benoit Sauvage and Alexandria as they answered all your questions about sustainable strategic solutions..