• Cobo’s Green Program Focuses on Stewardship

     
    POSTED July 11, 2018
     

    Lofty Goals in Sustainability

Honey beehives and a rooftop herb garden sound like fun projects, but they’re also part of the Cobo Center’s sustainability program in Detroit, according to its Green Committee initiatives and 2017 annual report.

The 10,000-square-foot green roof herb garden and the honeybees work together. The honeybees pollinate the plants, and the herbs and honey are used in Cobo’s kitchens to highlight locally grown ingredients used in the center’s various menus.

They’re just two small parts of Cobo Center’s more ambitious plan to recognize the importance of both sustainable venue operations and corporate social responsibilities, says Claude Molinari, general manager of Cobo Center. 

“2017 was a pivotal year for our sustainability program,” he explains. “We were recertified by the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), hosted Sustainable Brands 2017, and made significant strides in our efforts on environmental and social stewardship of the metro Detroit community.”

To help promote Cobo’s practices, the center launched a new marketing campaign last year for sustainability called Sustainability Lives Here. Messages about the center’s sustainable efforts are broadcast through its digital signage, social media platforms, digital marketing, and on banners and posters in the facility.

Cobo Cares, another ongoing program, is designed to host community improvement events with Cobo volunteers, and after-work health and wellness events, some free, for staff and visitors.

More information on the annual report and Cobo Center green initiatives can be found at cobocenter.com/green.

Planners can email questions about Cobo Center green events to green@ cobocenter.com. The center’s website and its app also can help planners find sustainable transportation options and walkable local Detroit attractions. 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.