Social Impact

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

SocialOffset: An Alternative to Destination Boycotts

The new initiative enables groups meeting in destinations whose policies don’t align with their values to offset their spending in that state by supporting charities that do.

BY Michelle Russell April 7, 2023

Beyond the Event: Leaving a Legacy for Liver Health

The Iceberg video series shares how the International Liver Congress extended the impact of its London event last year.

BY Michelle Russell March 22, 2023

Business Events and Air Travel — a Climate Conundrum

At a sustainability session at PCMA Convening Leaders 2023, a climate scientist and a panel of events professionals grappled with how to address the business events industry’s largest single contributor to global warming. 

BY Michelle Russell February 24, 2023

Acquisition of a Fan Expo Opens Doors for Nonprofit

When Pop Culture Classroom’s main fundraising event, Denver Comic Con, was acquired by Informa Connect in 2021, it freed up the organization to focus on its primary mission.

BY Casey Gale January 31, 2023

How Volunteers Can Move Your Event Closer to Your Sustainability Goals

At Greenbuild, Team Human’s person-to-person communication helped educate participants about event sustainability practices, which helped prevent recycling errors.

BY Barbara Palmer January 13, 2023

Tipster: A Simple Sustainability Swap for Your Events

The managing director of an Australian-based PCO offers an easy-to-implement checklist of 12 sustainability swaps for more environmentally friendly events.

BY Michelle Russell December 19, 2022

The Neu Project: Creating Neuroinclusive Events

The Neu Project community is focused on creating neuroinclusive events. And its leader, Megan Henshall, is convinced that it can benefit every single person who walks through the door of your event.

BY Barbara Palmer December 12, 2022

A Virtual Event for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers Evolves

Hilarity for Charity, comedian Seth Rogen’s nonprofit in support of Alzheimer’s family caregivers, continues to improve its online event to strengthen that community.

BY Curt Wagner December 12, 2022

A Tech Solution to Food Waste

Atlanta-based startup Goodr has delivered 30 million meals and diverted nearly 5 million pounds in total of food waste from landfills.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 31, 2022

Connecting the Dots on Food Recovery

Fight2Feed, an all-volunteer organization made up of event and hospitality professionals, has saved millions of pounds of food from Chicago-area landfills over the last eight years by staying focused on solving problems and leaning into their relationships.

BY Barbara Palmer October 31, 2022

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

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