LEED-Certified Event Venue
Being mindful of the stewardship of our
resources in all the ways we plan events is good for business, according to Forbes: “Being
green earns more green. Sustainability-focused companies have better financial results
relative to their peers ... Sustainability has proven to be essential, not a luxury, and
investors are doubling down on sustainability investments.”
Put simply, sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance. Event planning that embraces sustainable practices and social justice lends to more meaningful events with higher yields on return.
One of the first steps that company planners recommend is to begin researching facilities with sustainable features set into their operations. Richmond Hill City Center is leading the way for you!
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). As a sustainable building, we are dedicated
to energy and resource efficiencies:
Send digital invitations to your guests versus printed paper. In today’s world, even
high-level events are handled online. Eventbrite.com, Events.com,
GreenEnvelope.com, and Evite.com are several of many
excellent resources (free and upgraded)
to begin designing ticketed events and digital invitations you can customize from creative
templates. It is fun to track trends on open and engagement rates, and to see who is saying
yes on the RSVP.
If you are designing wayfinding signage, or signage that can be universally re-used,
an investment for all your upcoming events. If it can’t be re-used and it’s a one-time sign,
consider having a chalkboard or whiteboard as part of your events.
Clearly set up recycling and food composting stations. Separate items that go into different streams – glass, aluminum, plastic – or that go all together, depending on your region. Every person participates when they approach the station and deposit their items responsibly.
Excellent, healthy cuisine is the center of all our gatherings and people remember the
The catering staff at Richmond Hill City Center works with seasonal menus and sources most
its ingredients from local purveyors and farmers.
Food is a driver of climate change, so reducing the amount of meat served and having more plant-based options can help to make the event more sustainable.
Estimate the catering so that food is not wasted. If to-go containers are needed, more eco-friendly options than Styrofoam are available, and affordable. Use water pitchers on the tables instead of single-use plastic water bottles.
Your hotels can help with transportation options to events. Encourage attendees at any event – wherever you plan – to consider public transportation, ridesharing, even walking or cycling if those options are valid.
Our global events industry – like any industry – needs to embrace actions that tackle the
climate crisis. We have the responsibility to drive meaningful change, to create welcoming
communities, and to improve society through our actions.
When you work with Richmond Hill City Center, you get to work with a team that understands
your goals and is here to help you with planning your corporate holiday party, Great Aunt’s
100th birthday party, or even a white-tie military ball.
To chat with one of our meeting planners, call us at (912) 445-0043 and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.