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Keeping it Eco-Friendly: Sustainable Events at The Otesaga

By: Otesaga Resort Hotel / 15 Apr 2024

April is Earth Month, but "going green" has increasingly become a part of our daily routine. For event planners, integrating sustainability into meetings and conferences is no longer just an option but a necessity. Read on for some ideas on how to make sustainability the cornerstone of your next event.

Ask Around

Before your event begins, thoughtful planning is key. Conducting pre-planning surveys among potential attendees can provide invaluable insights. By understanding travel preferences and locations of participants, organizers can select a venue accessible to the majority, minimizing travel emissions. Choosing a centralized location like The Otesaga can reduce the carbon footprint associated with travel.

The Gift of Green

Once commonplace, planners are taking new approaches to the conference staple, swag bags. Instead of distributing disposable items, prioritize practical, reusable merchandise. Branded water bottles, travel mugs, or reusable bags not only serve attendees well during the event but also promote sustainability beyond. Another option would be to do away with swag altogether, instead allocating the budget towards environmental initiatives, amplifying the positive impact of your event.

Everything in One Place

Leveraging technology can significantly reduce paper usage during your meeting. Event platforms like Webex and Whova streamline communication and information dissemination, minimizing the need for printed materials. At The Otesaga your attendees will have complimentary wifi, allowing them to access essential event details with ease, all while reducing paper waste.

Serving Up Sustainability

Food waste poses a significant environmental challenge, but proactive measures can mitigate its impact. Accurate headcounts for meals and collaboration with catering services to minimize excess food are essential steps. At The Otesaga, we compost all pre- and post-consumer food waste as part of our ongoing green initiatives.

At The Otesaga, sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a way of operating. From composting food waste to paperless billing, our commitment to environmental stewardship ensures that your event leaves a positive impact. Contact us to start planning!

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