June 17th -19th, 2015 ~ The Westin Peachtree Plaza - Atlanta


Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Tours

On Friday, June 19, from 8:30 – 11:30 am, attendees of the 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference will have the opportunity to attend one of several Sustainable Atlanta Tours. Please read all about these fun, informative tour stops chosen for their distinct Atlanta flavor and importance in the city’s green scene.

One of the primary ways that we can learn about how others are working and thinking is to visit their facilities or workplaces and see hands on how they operate and talk to them about what they are doing and thinking about when it comes to sustainability. Atlanta has become a recognized destination for sustainable living and practice, and the network of suppliers and planners within this community are recognized as leaders in creating and sharing best practices when it comes to event sustainability.

These sessions are a combination of tours and content and are intended for participants to learn, share and gather intelligence that can be brought back to the larger group to help all of us continue to find answers and solutions that can drive change in the industry and answer the big idea question.

Each session will have a moderator/facilitator/group guide that will work with the facility and the event designers to shape the right content and discussions. Each session will have a set of inquiry questions that will help shape the conversation and the outcomes. All participants will be tasked with helping to gather information and report back to the larger group through photos, videos, notes, social media posts and any other means desired to add to the conversation.

  Atlanta Botanical Garden The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden as a non-profit is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. With beautiful private event spaces and gardens, here are just a few of ABG's sustainability efforts: A cistern system gathering rain water to reduce use of city water; Trash is single stream recycled; Recycled waste plant materials through mulching; Cleaning products are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. In addition to the immaculate gardens, their innovative plant conservation program has made possible the use of native plants in recovery projects all over the southeast. 
Atlanta Streetcar Adventure

The focus of the Atlanta Sustainable Streetcar Tour is on the district around Atlanta’s new streetcar route, recently inaugurated. Attendees will board Atlanta’s newest form of transportation, introduced to help the city embark on a path toward greater mobility, cleaner and safer streets, upgraded infrastructure, and a better way of life. The cars operate along a loop that encompasses Auburn Avenue, Woodruff Park, and Peachtree Street, past some of Atlanta’s most historic sites, walkable blocks, and reusable and repurposed buildings. Streetcar neighborhoods are envisioned as an EcoDistrict, a place that is committed to accelerating neighborhood-scale sustainability. The tour will be highlighting green/ sustainability initiatives along the route, in part because of the contribution the streetcar makes to Atlanta’s sustainability program. The tour will include stops at Centennial Olympic ParkSweet Auburn MarketTruly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, and The Georgia Pacific Center. Each of these locations makes a unique contribution to Atlanta’s sustainable and green map.

Georgia World Congress Center

Sponsors of GMIC Atlanta and members of both the Green Sports Alliance and US Green Building Council, the Georgia World Congress Center is the world's largest LEED certified convention center (Silver). See the GWCC's strong and improving waste diversion program and marvel at how day-to-day operations with a commitment to sustainability have made this Atlanta icon a leader in green venues.

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

A LEED Gold facility, MODA advances the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages. MODA was formerly known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design. In 2003 the MODA Board of Directors, staff and community advisers made the decision to redefine the museum’s mission and direction and the Museum of Design Atlanta was born. MODA's current Design for Healthy Living exhibit is one not to miss!

Southface Eco Office

Since 1978, Southface has worked with consumers, the construction and development industry and policymakers to forge market-based solutions for creating green jobs, clean energy solutions and sustainable communities. Southface believes that sustainability initiatives and advocacy focused on the built environment are key to addressing global climate change, and is also committed to helping people live, work and play in comfortable, healthy buildings that save money by conserving energy, water and other natural resources. To accomplish these goals, Southface offers a wide variety of green building and sustainability programs and services, all of which are based on sound science. The award-winning Southface Eco Office, located in downtown Atlanta, is a three-story commercial structure that serves as an office, training and demonstration facility. The Eco Office has earned several significant building certifications, including Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, EarthCraft Light Commercial certification and ENERGY STAR® certification. It also meets the 2030 Challenge launched by the nonprofit group Architecture 2030.

Westin Peachtree Plaza

You don't even have to leave the building to enjoy a very special behind-the-scenes tour of our 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference host venue, the Westin Peachtree Plaza.The largest Green Seal Silver Level certified convention hotel in the southeast, the Westin Peachtree Plaza is an icon in the Atlanta skyline and has a long standing commitment to sustainable hotel operations. Read all about what you'll see on the tour and sign up to join in!