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Green Meeting Industry Council
700 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314

Choosing a Green Destination
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Simple Steps to Choosing a Green Destination

Sustainability 101

March 9, 2011




Find the right location for an event is a major part of the planning process. Making that selection green is simply a matter of filtering for the right practices and asking the right questions. Learn about the many criteria for choosing a green destination, venue and accommodations for your event.

  • Identify criteria for selecting a green destination and venue.
  • Learn what green practices to request for green accommodations.
  • How to negotiate environmental clauses into vendor contracts
  • We will also have special guest presenters from the Vancouver Convention Centre to give us perspective from a venue point of view.

GMIC Guest Presenter: Nancy J. Zavada

Nancy J. Zavada, CMP is a leader, innovator, and entrepreneur in the meeting planning and events industry. She began her career in the industry in 1978. Nancy is a principal with MeetGreen, a conference management and consulting firm specializing in green meetings. She founded the firm in 1994. Mrs. Zavada and business partner Amy Spatrisano provide green meeting management and consulting services for their diverse clients representing both national and international organizations. MeetGreen won the IMEX Award for Environmentally Responsible Meetings. Internationally recognized as a leader in the environmentally responsible meeting and event management field, Nancy served on the Live Earth Global Green Team and was named one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" by Meeting News Magazine in 2003 and 2008. She is co-founder of the Green Meeting Industry Council and currently serves on the Board’s Executive Committee. Nancy is coauthor of "Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events.” Her blog, "Pretentious Musings of a Meet Green Martyr” shares resources, tips, ideas and funny stories about the life of a green meeting planner.