Conferences, expos and other events have been a fairly regular part of American business for some time now, but few subjects and points of interest have so rapidly gained traction across industries the way that “green” has.
Today in Concord, NH, the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association played host to the New England Eco-Hospitality Expo and brought hospitality professionals together with experts in sustainability and companies providing eco-friendly products and services.
The Eco-Café floor at the event featured a range of vendors providing education and information on products and services for more environmentally-sensitive hospitality operations.
Dan Ruben, executive director of Boston Green Tourism, lead an Eco-Café discussion on sustainability issues for hospitality and attendees at the event were given the opportunity to choose from three tracks of sessions, during three separate timeslots throughout the day including:
• “Energy Efficiency and Conservation Basics for Hospitality”
• “Getting to Zero Waste—Source Reduction, Recycling and Composting”
• “Fostering a Values-based, Environmental Work Ethic”
• “Green Power Options—Local Renewable Projects”
• “How to Effectively Track Your Environmental Efforts”
Sessions were given from key members of the hospitality industry including members of the Sustainable Development & Energy Systems Group and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as individuals from some of New England’s most well known hotels including the Westin Copley Place and the ‘Director of Green’ from The Lenox Hotel.
It’s always encouraging to see friends in other areas of our industry coming together to learn and offer guidance on how to become (and stay) sustainable across all layers of a business. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for details on another fantastic speaking opportunity that we have been invited to participate in by Boston Green Tourism’s, Dan Ruben—one that we’re very excited about and can’t wait to share!