Social Impact

See how event organizers and others are using meetings and events to make a difference.

Junk Kouture — Turning Trash Into Fashion Treasure

The founder of Junk Kouture is on a mission to reuse rubbish while simultaneously changing teens’ mindsets about themselves and the environment — and to set that all on the global event stage. 

BY Michelle Russell September 21, 2022

An Eco-Friendly Way to Repurpose Exhibit Foliage

After the 2022 New York International Auto Show crossed the finish line, 1,000 plants used in its exhibits were donated to local organizations to help green all five boroughs of New York City.

BY Casey Gale August 12, 2022

When Your Supply Chain Is Human

SA Expeditions, a travel company with a social-responsibility focus, has a different take on what it means to be sustainable.

BY Michelle Russell August 1, 2022

Vienna Venture that Helps Elderly Bakers ‘Learned From Scratch’

The social enterprise in Austria’s capital will share its recipe for success over the last 10 years, including thriving during the pandemic, at Convening EMEA.

BY Michelle Russell July 21, 2022

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainability Efforts Cause Ripple Effect

As the Monterey Bay Aquarium systematically eliminated single-use plastic from its operations, it led to more sustainable practices throughout an entire supply chain.

BY Barbara Palmer June 30, 2022

A Sea Change for Event Sustainability

Five years ago, a majority of planners weren’t particularly interested in sustainability efforts at special events at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Lately, there’s been a big shift.

BY Barbara Palmer June 30, 2022

10 Ways to Make an Impact With Your Event F&B

Quick wins do not mean shortcuts, EduCon panelists agreed — making social and environmental impact takes time and planning.

BY Curt Wagner June 6, 2022

HHH Volunteers to Help NOLA Residents Plan for Hurricane Season

Family care kits aim to take out some of the stress out of hurricane season and connect residents with resources.

BY Barbara Palmer June 3, 2022

Championing Connection and Community in Minneapolis 

Meet Minneapolis’s CEO Melvin Tennant shares how the DMO is addressing stress from the pandemic, George Floyd’s murder, and other world events with strategies and policies designed to support employees and the community.

BY Barbara Palmer May 31, 2022

IMEX Frankfurt Exhibitors Promote Sustainability

The Scottish Event Campus will plant a tree for every meeting its representatives conduct with IMEX attendees, while visitBerlin will offer event sustainability checks for planner attendees.

BY Curt Wagner May 26, 2022

Calling for a Regenerative Business Events Industry

It’s now or never. That stark assessment comes from the scientists who authored the most recent update to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released by the United

BY Barbara Palmer May 16, 2022

Conference Shares Prague Congress Centre With Ukraine Refugees

World Environmental Education Congress organizers had no time to plan a formal community service project for the Ukrainian refugees housed in the Prague Congress Centre during the time of their conference, but participants found ways to demonstrate their support. 

BY Michelle Russell May 13, 2022