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Planning for Sustainable Food & Beverage
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Planning for Sustainable Food & Beverage

Sustainability 101

May 12, 2011



The choices meeting managers make about food and beverages are critical to the well being of their guests, budget, and planet. Meeting managers have the responsibility for making these food choices for the large number of people attending their meetings and events.Not only do meeting managers make choices about the food and beverages served, but also about how it is served. This session will provide key skills for creating sustainable food and beverage for your events as well as resources to assist you.

1. Understand terminology and goals related to sustainable food & beverage.

2. Have the resources for making informed food choices.

3. Understand the issues and learn how to arrange for food donations in a variety of locations.

4. Understand how you can save your organization money by the choices you make

GMIC Guest Presenter: Nancy J. Zavada

Nancy J. Zavada, CMP is a leader, innovator, and entrepreneur in the meeting planning and events industry.She began her career in the industry in 1978.Nancy is a principal with MeetGreen, a conference management and consulting firm specializing in green meetings.She founded the firm in 1994. Mrs. Zavada and business partner Amy Spatrisano provide green meeting management and consulting services for their diverse clients representing both national and international organizations.MeetGreen won the IMEX Award for Environmentally Responsible Meetings. Internationally recognized as a leader in the environmentally responsible meeting and event management field, Nancy served on the Live Earth Global Green Team and was named one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" by Meeting News Magazine in 2003 and 2008.She is co founder of the Green Meeting Industry Council and currently serves on the Board’s Executive Committee.Nancy is coauthor of "Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events.”Her blog, "Pretentious Musings of a Meet Green Martyr” shares resources, tips, ideas and funny stories about the life of a green meeting planner.