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Courtney Lohmann, CMP Director of Corporate Development Koncept Events
Why did you join GMIC? Our company, Koncept Events joined for the purpose of driving our company forward.We have a strong stance on sustainability as a whole and we see the importance of bringing that to our clients and infusing it into the events world.
How long have you been a member?
What is your greatest satisfaction in being a member of GMIC? (or what sets GMIC apart from other organizations you are a member of?) The greatest benefit is the amount of helpful information they provide and the support from its members and staff.
What is your sustainability philosophy? Do as much as you can and start with baby steps.It’s a building process and with every piece you add to it, you’re making that much bigger of an impact.
How do you incorporate sustainability into your life and work?
In my life, I really look at all the options I have across the board for things.When decorating my home, I think about what I’d like to add and how I’d like to change things and then I always research a green option.For example, my living room area rug is made completely from recycled pieces of cotton fabric and all the new paint I’ve added is eco-friendly.Many of my furniture pieces are antiques or thrift store finds that I put my touch on.I also recycle and try to be local with my groceries.It’s all about incorporating things into your lifestyle that work for you.For work, we’re taking our current recycling efforts and expanding into other arenas.We are composting all of our floral items and working with a local urban farm.We are developing a line of accent pieces to use at client events that will be made out of old pallets.We are moving toward an office that does very little printing.We are now offering more sustainable event options as an overall to our clients for their events.
What would you share with others just getting started incorporating sustainability or green practices into their works? Going green is a massive topic to explore and it can feel overwhelming.Start small.Identify one thing you can incorporate, become comfortable with it and then add on the next piece.This helps you and everyone on your team to become more familiar with new processes and how you can make change for your own events.
What do your attendees/employees notice the most from your sustainability efforts? Overall, everyone on our team is really proud to be working with a company that is making an effort.With so many like-minded people in one office, everyone has been excited to help and pitch in.We’re forming a Green Committee to work on all of the initiatives we want to put into place.
What do you need from the industry to continue to advance in the realm of sustainability? Right now, the focus has been on hotels and trade shows.We’re excited to see it really start to trickle down into the vendor side of events.We are working with our local vendors in an effort to encourage them to own more sustainable options for us to use across all of our client events.