Anyone who has ever organized a conference or meeting knows the monetary and environmental costs involved in such an undertaking. In an effort to incorporate Green Purchasing into more public settings, EPA's EPP Program supported the Oceans Blue Foundation in the development of an online Green Meetings Tool . The tool shows hosts, planners and suppliers how to incorporate green principles into every aspect of conference and meeting planning.
Starting with 10 Easy Tips to greening your meeting, the tool takes users step by step through every part of the planning process from location and major venue selection, to transportation, to food and beverage options, etc.
Also included are success stories, the opportunity to receive an e-newsletter and a calculator for gauging how "green" your meeting is through an interactive quiz that informs users how their choices effect the "greenness" of their meeting.
Finally, the online tool offers users a broad list of other links and resources. The goal of this tool is to allow users access to a comprehensive resource that should save time, money and the environment.