by Lorie Thomas, SVP, Event Services
I was raised by parents who were thrifty and into recycling before it was cool. Their example has made me keenly aware of waste and the need to reuse resources whenever possible.
My love of travel has taken me places where food is a luxury, to places where there is no choice, to places where food = survival. That stark world view has sharpened my determination to make a difference in how I do business every day, with sustainability and my customer in mind. I believe in the value of live events but we need to consider ways to become leaders in making a difference in our planning around meals that reduce food waste. The meetings and events industry is one of plenty, and I find myself taken aback often when I witness how much waste we accept in order to keep up appearances with attendees. We must to work together as an industry to revisit food waste at events and impact on budgets and our planet.
There are a few minor modifications to the way we produce events that can have a major impact. Not only can reduce the events’ carbon footprint, but our clients can save money, too.
Consider these Top 10 ways that reduce food waste and can save you some green: