In this post I provide you an overview of how you can make your meeting green in Holland. Because sustainability is a hot topic in Holland. There are numerous environmental and animal welfare organizations, plus a political party in the parliament that focuses especially on green issues. Due too many succesful public actions, the Dutch invest much time
and effort into green energy provided by wind and water.
Sustainability has also affected the meeting industry in Holland. Since september 2009 there is a Dutch chapter of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) to promote green meetings in Holland. The members are professionals in the meeting industry: event
corporations, meeting planners, accomodations and suppliers.
Green Hotels & Venues
Many hotels in Holland have received the Green Key Award, the largest global eco-label for accomodations. On the Holland.com website you can find a sustainable venue finder to select a venue for your next meeting. All these venues have taken action to minimize their waste production, save water and provide more green electricity.
The Dutch associate biological food and beverages not only with sustainability but also with better tase and quality. Therefore most venues offer numerous biological and fair trade products to meeting delegates. To minimize transportation the caterers work
with local, seasonal products. The meals are prepared in consultation with the meeting planner to prevent excess food and waste.
Read more at my blogpost about green catering.
Since Holland is a rather compact country, there are automatically less emissions for travelling within the country. Holland’s major conference cities have a dense public transportation network that assures easy and eco-friendly travelling for meeting delegates. Many buses run on hydrogen, bio-fuel or electricity.
Read more at my blogpost about green travel.
How can we learn from you to improve our efforts?
What does your country do for greener meetings? I am curious about new ideas!