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Sustainability Webinar Series: Trash to Cash in the Events Industry and How to Gain Tangible Benefits from Sustainable Practices

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27 March, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

2018 is an exciting year for sustainability in the industry. So often we think of being green as an environmental protection initiative, but there are also great opportunities for the bank account to become a little greener as well. We will explore a donation-first approach to turning "trash into cash," as well as the benefits that donations bring to local community organizations. Sustainable event planning is a growing standard and it is now more important than ever to track the impact we are having from an environmental footprint aspect in the events industry. Join our webinar host, EIC Sustainability Committee member Chance Thompson, and learn how they track materials and resource reduction at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake, Utah. We will discuss how partnering with exhibitors and decorators (such as Freeman and GES) helps boost this approach and provide beneficial information to meeting planners and their stakeholders.In addition, we will discuss hard-to-recycle opportunities through partnership with the impressive TerraCycle out of New Jersey. 

Learning outcomes:  

  1. Learn how to turn trash to gold through partnerships with venues, exhibitors/decorators (led by our speakers from Freeman and GES), caterers and meeting planners  
  2. Learn the value of tracking materials through sustainability reports, helping to build great communication and marketing material for your organization and its stakeholders 
  3. Learn about opportunities for hard-to-recycle items through TerraCycle’s creative recycling resources 


  • Chance Thompson, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations for SMG at the Salt Palace Convention Center and Member, Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee 
  • Joy Nemerson, Manager Strategic Partnerships, TerraCycle 
  • Kathy Embler, CMP, National Account Manager, GES 
  • Jessica Paige Glenn, Sustainability Manager, Freeman  


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