At some point every planner will need to evaluate the green practices of their events. There’s been no shortage of dialogue on this topic, yet much of it is confusing, and often inaccurate.
For this month’s meeting the Bahamas Bridal Association (BBA) has partnered with Event Leadership Institute (ELI) for a presentation by Johanna Walsh, CMP that assists in defining the landscape and all the key terms that are often misused in the Green Meetings Industry. It will focus on the key functional areas of each event, as defined by the GMIC (Green Meetings Industry Council) and review a range of tips and best practices within each category, as well as understand the difference between true green tactics and green washing.
As members of the special event and wedding professional community in the Caribbean, we sometimes forget that our clients might seek eco-friendly alternatives or put priority on eliminating a destination because of a lack of Green practices.
Here’s a preview.
By the end of this month’s meeting you should:
- Be able to define and differentiate the key terms used in green event planning.
- Understand a number of tactical ways to green your event in the following areas: Accommodations, A/V & Production, Communications & Marketing, Destinations, Food & Beverage, Transportation, Venue
- Be able to identify the key differences between reducing your Carbon Footprint, and improving your Waste Diversion Ratio.
- Understand the cost implications of various green tips and practices.
The Bahamas Bridal Association is comprised of our country’s leading professional, internationally certified event planners, officiants and allied vendors who are all dedicated to excellence and perfection under the auspices of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
The BBA meets on the third Thursday of every month at Luciano’s of Chicago Restaurant on Bay Street in Nassau, Bahamas at 12:30pm EST for a luncheon-style meeting and provides regular seminars, workshops and networking mixers geared towards educating professionals and businesses within the Wedding and Special Event Industry in the Bahamas.
Lunch and beverages are optional and available for purchase at each meeting. All members of the public are encouraged to attend as membership is not required to attend.
For more information on the Bahamas Bridal Association and membership criteria visit www.bahamas-bridal-association.com.