• 9 Steps Planners Can Take to Conserve Water

     
    POSTED December 14, 2015
     

    Turn off the tap!

  • Determine what the organization you represent wants or requires in terms of water conservation and other green practices. Help develop sustainability guidelines if none are in place, or assist in fine-tuning existing policies to address the ongoing drought.
  • Look for venues that have green meeting initiatives in place and ask in your RFP for specifics on how the property is working to meet mandatory water cutbacks.
  • Ask about certification under programs including LEED, California Green Lodging, Green Seal, Green Key or local certification initiatives that mandate water conservation practices.
  • Discuss with your caterer ways to reduce the water footprint of meals served at your event. Provide vegan and vegetarian options, and consider minimizing water-heavy beef in your menus.
  • Engage attendees by providing information on how the venue, the caterer, the hotel and other event partners are conserving water, and encourage them to do their part by being mindful of every drop of water they use.
  • Encourage attendees to bring their own water bottles. Alternatively, provide compostable cups at water stations or supply attendees with refillable bottles.
  • At meals, ensure that staff is providing water on request as now required by law, and ask that tables not be set with flatware, glasses or plates that have to be washed even if they aren’t used.
  • Avoid draping on conferenceroom tables, and keep linens on meal tables to a minimum. Remember, it all has to be laundered. One fun alternative: the blackboard tabletops, pictured above, from Town & Country Event Rentals. Guests can decorate the blank canvas with chalk then remove the blackboard as a keepsake.
  • Use materials other than waterthirsty florals for table centerpieces. Consider succulents, potted herbs, arrangements of twigs, branches, fruits and vegetables.

The key to maximizing success (and limiting risk) is for marketers to better understand how their audiovisual team works. 

It is almost event day. You are excited, but you are also stressed.

You have spent the last few months preparing for your live stream: that big product launch, quarterly Town Hall, or video conference that your boss needs to go well. Your marketing and communications teams have been working hard, and everything appears ready.

 

As more women than ever hold positions of leadership in the workplace, especially in the meetings and events industry, Dr. Sherry Hartnett explains why “leaning back” to mentor younger women might be the best way to help them “lean in” and rise to the top.

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.