How the United Nations’ biggest climate conference — and a critical moment in human history — could change the event industry’s “business as usual” narrative on sustainability.
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National Bike Summit: Pedaling for a Sustainable Future
The League of American Bicyclists’ virtual 2021 event drew the most attendees ever, and the organization plans to challenge participants at next year’s hybrid event — which they hope will be even larger — to think about how to link bicycling with climate change.
Forestry Group’s Focus: a Sustainable Future for All Communities
Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s 2021 annual conference, held virtually, doubles the number of attendees as organization commits to new diversity, equity, and inclusion policy.
UN Conference Director Wanted to ‘Make the Impossible Happen’
Laura Lopez is capping off her decades-long United Nations career as director of conference affairs for the UN Framework, which organizes climate change meetings including the annual COP conference.
Growing Appetite for Local Ingredients on Event Menus
More event venues are sourcing local ingredients for their menus, resulting in real positives: It supports good health and a community’s economy, and helps the environment in a number of ways.
New York Times Climate Hub Plants Big Ideas Beneath the Trees
Artist Es Devlin turned part of a Glasgow venue into an immersive live forest — called “The Conference of the Trees” — for The New York Times Climate Hub, a hybrid event that took place at the same time as COP26.
How This Sustainability Leader Found Purpose In Her Field
Kimberly Lewis, board chair of clean energy nonprofit Groundswell, spoke with Convene about finding her calling, uplifting diverse communities into leadership roles, and making events people-centric.
Meetings and Your Brain: How Nature Gives Your Attention a Break
Many newly constructed and renovated convention centers and hotels leverage nature’s benefits, from boosting our mood to helping us think and collaborate better, and improving our focus and creativity.
Meg Strahle’s Journey to Creating Sustainable Event Experiences
As an assistant sustainability advisor for a London, U.K.–based events services firm focused on sustainable practices and innovation, Meg Strahle is combining her academic background in media, tourism, hospitality, and events, and research to make a difference.
Being a ‘Part of the Solution’
Visit Baltimore President and CEO Al Hutchinson is grateful for the opportunities he has had in the travel and tourism business. At the same time, he’s seeking ways to make CVBs — and the communities they serve — more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
Scott Galloway to Event Planners: Get Ready to Be Bold
The New York Times bestselling author applies his insights on a post-COVID business world to events, and shares what attendees can expect to take away from his keynote session at Convening Leaders 2022.
Going Beyond a Green Event: How to Make Sustainability a Priority
Demonstrating sustainability at your events sends an important message to your stakeholders. But how can you have more of an impact on the industries and professions you serve?
Convening Leaders 2022 Speaker Mateo Salvatto: ‘Imagine What Any of Us Can Do’
Meet the 22-year-old entrepreneur, author, and innovator whose free app Háblalo has started a global conversation about inclusion.
Leaving Your Event’s Host City Better Because You Were There
After living through a pandemic, conference participants will be more apt to lean towards conferences that align with their beliefs and passions through corporate social responsibility efforts.
Getting Serious About Sustainable Event Design
Event and experience designers have the opportunity to create an environment that is not only physically and emotionally transformative for attendees, but also has an impact on sustainability. Here’s how to start.