by Vincent Alonzo | August 01, 2017
Recently, Successful Meetings sent a survey out to our readership asking them to tell us what they felt were the most important trends in planning green meetings in 2017. Of the respondents, 50 percent were corporate planners, 31 percent were association planners, and 19 percent were independent or third party planners. Of that pool, 66 percent reported that their organization had green policies and procedures for all or some of their meetings. Here's what else they had to say.

Level of green policies and procedures at meetings

Have policies and procedures for some of our events: 43%
Have policies and procedures for none of our events: 34%
Have policies and procedures for all of our events: 23%


Level of influence having green policies has on the site and vendor selection

(No influence / Some influence / A lot of influence)

Event venue: 33% / 52% / 15%
Hotel: 34% / 50% / 16%
Convention center: 38%  / 48% / 14% 
Restaurant: 48% / 46% / 6% 
Attraction: 50% / 44% / 6%
DMC: 53% / 40% / 7% 
CVB or DMO: 54% / 38% / 8% 


Most common green procedures implemented at events

 
Allow attendees to access handouts electronically: 74%
Print on both sides of all paper for promotional materials and handouts: 72%
Provide recycling stations in meeting areas: 53%
Provide reusable name badges: 50%
Use food service vendors who buy locally and recycle: 32%
Donate excess food to charitable organizations: 32%
Distribute refillable water bottles to all attendees: 29%
Donate meeting materials such as pens and note pads: 29%
Work with hotel to reuse linens, soaps, etc.: 25%


How the impact of green policies is measured

Impact is not measured: 63%
Post-event attendee surveys: 21%
Tracking cost savings generated by sustainable practices: 18%
Post-event follow-up with local organizations that benefited: 12%
Tracking the amount of food or material donated: 10%
Tracking media coverage of the activity: 5%


Attitude of attendees toward green initiatives


They react positively to procedures, but don't notice if they are missing: 50%
They don't express any preference: 30%
They are enthusiastic and expect them to be a part of the program: 20%


Amount sustainability initiatives, saves organizations on an annual basis


Less than $10,000: 41%
It doesn't save money, it costs money: 33% 
$10,000 to $24,000: 6% 
$50,000 to $99,000: 6%
$100,000 to $250,000: 5%
$25,000 to $49,000: 4%
$251,000 to $499,999: 2%
More than $1,000,000: 2%
$500,000 to $999,999: 1%