“Planners probably don’t realize that
the water footprint for 750 attendees for
a conference program, tote bag and two
cups of coffee could fill an Olympic-sized
swimming pool,” said Jane Scaletta, pres-
ident of Orlando event company Dolfin
Destinations, to help participants visualize
the meetings industry’s impact on the
Last November, the Florida & Caribbean
Chapter of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel
Excellence) hosted an event on sustainability for the meetings and incentives industries to try to stem the flow from kitchen to
Scaletta has long been passionate about
sustainability and knew the chapter’s
board was ready to spread the word about
recycling and food rescue at events.
At the SITE Chapter seminar there
was much discussion about the ISO 2021
guidelines and United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Included
were International Standards to promote
social sustainability by helping countries
and communities improve the health and
well-being of their citizens.
They covered all aspects of social welfare, including the following:
❚ Healthcare systems and related products
related to social inclusion and accessibility.
❚ Helping businesses and countries
manage their environmental impact by
implementing an environmental management system.
The amount of ood and water wasted at meetings and events is
staggering, to say the
Fat Florida meeting planners and facilities are bullish on eliminating food waste at events
BY JENNIFER JUERGENS