Celebrated for the first time in 1970, Earth Day is now a globally recognized initiative; events are coordinated by the Earth Day Network spanning 193 countries. With such a strong focus on sustainability within the meetings and events industry, we're no strangers to going green.
This Earth day, here's what meetings, events and hospitality professionals have to say about #greenmeetings.
10 #GreenMeetings Tweets to Honor Earth Day
1. Celebrating in Style
Tucked away in Monterey, Calif., the staff at Portola Hotel & Spa is sporting sweet Earth Day gear today and embodying #GreenTravel, #GreenHotels and #SustainableMoments.
2. Sharing a Message of Thanks
30 Likes, 0 Comments - Event & Meeting Planner Tools (@eventplannerprep) on Instagram: "Heading towards Earth Day thinking..... . . . #meetingsmeanbusiness #eventprofs #eventpros..."
A lovely message (with a ton of truth) thanks to Oprah and @eventplannerprep.
3. Swapping Swag for Schools
Instead of packing their conference with a bunch of branded swag, Okta decided to use the money they would have spent on merch to fulfill wish lists from 10 schools in the San Fran School District.
4. Earth Day in its Most Natural Form
When you see a sight like this one, shared by Explore Canada, you really get a sense of the magic and beauty created by nature. These cherry blossoms are a destination all their own.
5. Sustainability Isn't a One-Time Deal
Just like the Washington State Convention Center said, green initiatives are an overall commitment to adopting sustainable practices, not just the fleeting action of skipping plastic straws for one day.
6. A Greener Way to Get Around
Bikes, scooters, electric cars -- oh my. The possibilities are endless once you start considering the many benefits of green modes of transportation. Electric bikes, for example, are a great option, as they don’t release any harmful emissions into the environment.
7. Meetings Inspired by Green
177 Likes, 1 Comments - Sumba Hospitality Foundation (@sumbahospitalityfoundation) on Instagram: "We are proud to announce that the Maringi Eco Resort can now assist you by providing meeting and..."
Per the Sumba Hospitality Foundation, "We are proud to announce that the Maringi Eco Resort can now assist you by providing meeting and conference facilities utilizing new concept 'Meet-In-G' (Meetings Inspired by Green). It has been proven that an open-air meeting space can spark creativity and will help participants to think outside the box, with the use of natural daylight to reduce fatigue and enhance focus.
At the Maringi Eco Resort, your meeting will be like no other, thanks to our inspirational bamboo structures surrounded by nature and plenty of sunlight. With two meeting spaces available, you will be able to organize both small meetings and large conferences (up to 60 participants)."
8. Observing a New Set of Green Guidelines
The Foreign Ministry Finland's Arctic Council Chairmanship team and WWF Finland have crafted new "green meetings guidelines" for all to adopt.
9. Another Green Meeting Space
The Edmonton Convention Center recently achieved recertification in the ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings Standard.
10. Traveling to a Slow-Food Travel Destination
What constitutes a slow-food experience? "It's a journey into the valleys, to their people and tastes. A journey to the traditional food producers and their traditional knowledge and craft. Baking bread, producing cheese, brewing beer, being involved in bacon production, seeing how beekeeping works. Slow Food Travel means active participation from beginning to end."