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Grow a Green Meeting

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

"Green." "Eco-friendly." "Sustainable." These are just a few words that define a new revolution in today's society. These terms have become a part of our everyday vocabulary. Everywhere we look people, businesses, and schools are going green. Even large colleges and universities have recognized their environmental impact and are taking action. In May of 2007, President Mote signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The University of Maryland joined over 300 institutions across the country in promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the University's Department of Environmental Safety, "New policies and technologies must be employed to reach the Climate Commitment's ambitious goal of climate neutrality (zero net carbon emissions)." Conferences & Visitor Services has made its own pledge to make our services greener. Here are a few tips and ideas on ways to make your event or meeting more eco-friendly. Plant the first seeds, and watch your meeting flourish.


Grow a Green Meeting


FLAUNT IT! Always tell people how you are helping the environment!

  • Add all the ways you are going green to your website, pre-event and on-site materials
  • Add a page to your program about your event’s eco-friendly ways
  • Explain local food and history of the area on menus
  • Employ signage to describe proper disposal methods
  • Ask for feedback on your post-event survey


Additional Resources:

University of Maryland's Office of Sustainability

University of Maryland Division of Student Affairs Green Guide

Meeting Planners International

Green Meeting Guide Canada

Sustainable Tourism Criteria

The National Recycling Coalition's Green Meeting Policy

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