Create a Greener Environment for Your Next Meeting

Even small steps to reduce waste and save energy can make a big difference on the environment and leave a big impression with your guests. Not only will your delegates appreciate your efforts to help the environment, they will enjoy the convention with a little extra peace of mind.

Here are some suggestions to help you on your way to a greener convention:

Stop the paper trail.
Technology has provided us with a myriad of new and greener ways to communicate. We no longer need to send out paper invitations. A conference website can take care of registration as well as provide any information your delegates might require. You can notify your attendees of important updates via email. Tourism Toronto offers free online marketing tools to help you out. So, take advantage of today's technology and don't be afraid to go paperless.

Tourism Toronto has moved the previously printed "delegate coupon booklet" on-line to save paper. Now your delegates can print the individual coupons they want without wasting the ones they can't use.

Ask for green service.
Make sure that your hotel and venue have recycling bins readily available for your guests to dispose of any glass, plastic, paper or metal. Coordinate with hotel and venue staff to ensure lights and air conditioning are turned off when rooms are not in use.

Smaller footprints leave bigger impressions.
Reduce the amount of emissions that your event generates by minimizing traveling time of delegates and speakers. Toronto offers a great selection of world-class guest speakers as well as meeting facilities that are within walking distance from most major hotels.

Select a host city that is a short distance for the majority of your delegates. Toronto is conveniently within a 90-minute flight from 60% of the US population.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre has led the way by hosting North America's first zero-waste convention, the 2007 annual PCMA Annual meeting.

If you would like help to make your event more environmentally friendly, please contact Robert Kawamoto if you represent a Corporation, Tara Gordon for Associations or Alice Au for International Congresses.

Robert Kawamoto, CMP

Tara Gordon, CMP

Alice Au, CMP

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