9 Steps Planners Can Take to Conserve Water

  • 9 Steps Planners Can Take to Conserve Water

    Turn off the tap!

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     
  • 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.

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

 

There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.

 

A new gem in the central coast.