Any time that people gather, there’s an increased potential that strong connections, new ideas and lasting memories will be created. The unfortunate side effects often can be excess waste and taxed re-sources, but the meeting and events industry has seen the concept of going green transform from a trendy buzzword to a meaningful effort that’s embraced by many planners, suppliers and attendees alike.
In fact, the American Society of Association Executives’ Convene Green Alliance recently published an article dispelling myths surrounding green events. The organization’s director, Kristin Clarke, says the biggest untruth is that green events cost more to produce. “That’s just not the case anymore,” Clarke says. “You don’t need a bigger budget to have a green meeting. The prices on many things, including recycling services and compostable products, have gone way down.”
PITTSBURGH IS A HAPPENING PLACE. Buzzwords like sustainability, innovation and affordability have been standard operating procedure for years, which may come as a surprise to those who still conjure images of smokestacks and steel when they think of Pittsburgh. The walkable downtown is an accessible hub of culture and business, surrounded by three rivers and a patchwork of 90 charmingly distinct neighborhoods.