Earth Day is the biggest opportunity every year to remind people how small steps toward sustainability truly make a difference, but how do you carry that excitement though to next year’s Earth Day?

One of GES’ core values is Environmental Responsibility – Reuse, recycle and replenish every day.  “Every day” is what’s most important in that statement. We involve our employees in making a difference in everything they do – whether in the office, the warehouse or at show-site, and you would be surprised at how they carry that into their personal lives. We are also passionate about helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals.

The trade show industry by its very nature produces waste, but many show organizers have made sustainability a key focus of their event.  Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the owner and producer of International CES, was named North America’s Greenest Show by Trade Show Executive magazine.  For its 2012 show, CEA expanded its recycling efforts , reusing and recycling 75 percent of show materials. CEA also repurposed vinyl banners from the 2011 show to create 190,000 badge holders for this year’s show. You can learn more about CEA’s efforts by watching “The Greening of CES” here.

Representatives from GES are involved in the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC).  This is a great way to extend your sustainability efforts throughout the year. I recommend having someone in your organization participate if you don’t already.  The association sparks new ideas and puts your company into the mix with other meetings industry individuals with the same commitment. Not only do they educate their members, but they also spearhead research, policy making and standards. I’ll be at the yearly meeting this weekend, and I’ll post a blog next week to share what I learned.

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