Did you know that event management is the second largest producer of waste next to the construction industry? Surprised? Facts such as this prompted our July 2019 NACE program on sustainability at Valley Green Inn within the Wissahickon at Fairmount Park.

Photo credit: Pete McClure Photography

We enjoyed a thought provoking presentation, “Green or Greed: Can We Balance Profitability with our Social Responsibility” by Lou Marrocco, CMP of Brandywine Events--and great ideas on how we can improve our industry.

According to Marrocco, here are just some ways the wedding and event industry can be more sustainable:
-avoid using disposable and opt for China
-donate surplus items
-source locally
-employ locally
-having a 'no idle' policy for deliveries
-use 25%-100% energy efficient equipment
-stop using pre-sets
-create smaller portion meal sizes to prevent waste
-become a food partner 

🌸🌺🌷🌹🌞Forget Me Knot Flowers fit seamlessly with our program on sustainability.
Owner Leona Perletta Davis works with wedding couples, event planners and corporate to donate florals from their event. Leona and her volunteers then gather, repurpose and restyle them in new vases to bring joy to individuals at senior centers and those in need of a smile.

Here are just a few of many great links that support sustainability: 

https://insights.eventscouncil.org/Full-Article/saving-money-with-sustainable-events

https://meetgreen.com/

https://www.mykitchenharvest.com/

https://www.loewshotels.com/good-neighbor-program

https://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/partners/become-a-product-partner/food-partners

Thank you to our outstanding participating event partners who brought our meeting together: Signature DJsChoice Party Linens, Inc.Morby Photography (stay tuned for official event photos), Robertson's Flowers & EventsThe Chestnut Hill Cheese ShopJ. Werner Production, LLCFive Saints Distilling and International Spirits, LLCNight Kitchen Bakery & Cafe and Forget Me Knot Flowers!