Freeman Celebrates Earth Day With New Green Programs

In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, Dallas-based event management company Freeman has introduced two new initiatives that it says will lessen the environmental impact of face-to-face events.

Part of Freeman's green meetings philosophy, the new initiatives include sustainable tradeshow exhibits, which Freeman customers were able to rent starting last month, and a paperless document management system, whereby the company manages and stores orders electronically in order to reduce its paper consumption.

"Freeman cares about our environment," National Account Manager Joe Pestka, co-chair of Freeman's central green committee, said in a statement. "We have worked diligently over the last several years to not only lessen the environmental impact of the face-to-face industry at events and shows, but also internally in the day-to-day operations of our own offices."

Freeman's new sustainable tradeshow exhibits are built using FSC-certified wood, low-VOC glues and finishes, and recycled materials, including aluminum extrusions that are 85 percent recycled content, carpet padding that is 98 percent recycled content, and plastic carpet coverings that are between 50 percent and 75 percent recycled content.

The company's new document management system, meanwhile, converts faxed exhibitor orders into digital PDF files that can be stored and managed electronically; because it expects to process 200,000 orders digitally this year, Freeman projects that it will save an estimated 600,000 sheets of paper in 2009.