GreenGatherings is a project formed to shape the greening of events, large and small, in the Twin Cities metro area. The GreenGatherings project partners hosted a kick-off meeting in February 2008 to launch the project with key stakeholders, including government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.
- Organic fruit and fair-trade coffee served
- All food waste accumulated during the prepping process and remaining after the event was collected and given to the event hosts for composting
- Vendors/Exhibitors above refers to event venue
- Organics management was for back of the house and event participants
- Well labeled bins were provided
- No materials were distributed at the meeting. Everything was distributed/projected electronically.
- In lieu of nametags, attendees were asked to use a business card in a reusable nametag holder. Cards were collected for project contact purposes.
- Beverages were only served in reusable cups - no cans or bottles.
The Science Museum of Minnesota was designed to be an energy efficient building. The building is also powered by renewable energy through District Energy St. Paul.
Paper reduction efforts saved approximately 1,037 sheets of paper or 12% of one tree.
Paper reduction efforts were probably the biggest success. It saved money and was relatively easy to implement.
Local food - holding the meeting in February in Minnesota made local food options difficult to use.
Very well - participants were happy to receive meeting materials electronically vs. a paper copy.
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