Social Impact

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

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

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

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