ASAE event explores reducing meeting footprints

The ASAE Convene Green Alliance Focus Forum is hosting a complimentary event for association professionals exploring the carbon footprint of meetings Nov. 8 at the ASAE Headquarters Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Benavides, LEED AP O+M, senior project manager for EcoPreserve, will define and explain to meeting planners ways to reduce the carbon footprint of future meetings, including renewable energy credits, carbon offsets and engaging attendees around sustainable initiatives. EcoPreserve is a sustainability consulting firm dedicated to assisting businesses and organizations in becoming more sustainable through benchmarking, analyses, upgrades, education, engagement and certification.

“At this point, the meeting and events industry has largely seen an interest and movement with regard to green meetings,” Benavides says. “It’s safe to say that the stratification, classification, and differentiation of green meetings cross a wide spectrum in best practices in planning, coordinating and executing. The lack of a universally accepted process has left room for ‘green washing,’ especially when it comes to measuring environmental impact with hard data and public statements of successes.”

A 9:00 a.m. “Around Orlando” networking breakfast kicks off the program, which runs from 9:30–10:45 a.m.

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