GreenGatherings Kick-off Meeting

Event Overview
Location (City/Venue)
St. Paul/Science Museum of MN
Number of Attendees
Date of Event
Friday, February 29, 2008
Organization Hosting Event
Ramsey County
Brief Background on Event
GreenGatherings is a project formed to shape the greening of events, large and small, in the Twin Cities metro area. The GreenGatherings project partners hosted a kick-off meeting in February 2008 to launch the project with key stakeholders, including government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.
Food Practices
Procured locally grown and/or organic foos for event menu
Required safe food handling practices
Used good menu planning and portion control to reduce waste
Implemented a food waste recovery initiative (food to hogs, composting, etc.)
- Organic fruit and fair-trade coffee served - All food waste accumulated during the prepping process and remaining after the event was collected and given to the event hosts for composting
Waste & Recycling
Waste Management Methods Used
Trash Disposal
Organics Management (food/paper waste composting, food to hogs, food donation, etc.)
Program Audiences
Recycling - Vendors/Exhibitors
Recycling - Event Participants
Organics Management - Vendors/Exhibitors
Organics Management - Event Participants
Additional Info
- Vendors/Exhibitors above refers to event venue - Organics management was for back of the house and event participants - Well labeled bins were provided
Waste Reduction
Waste Reduction Methods Used
Use of technology to minimize paper waste (e.g. online registration, webcasting, no printing of meeting materials

- No materials were distributed at the meeting. Everything was distributed/projected electronically.
- In lieu of nametags, attendees were asked to use a business card in a reusable nametag holder. Cards were collected for project contact purposes.
- Beverages were only served in reusable cups - no cans or bottles.

Resource and Energy Use
Energy Reduction Methods Used
Held event at a facility that uses green power (e.g., Saint Paul RiverCentre)
Use of energy efficient lighting
The Science Museum of Minnesota was designed to be an energy efficient building. The building is also powered by renewable energy through District Energy St. Paul.
Travel and Transportation
Transportation amenities offered at event
Bike racks/parking
Transportation information promoted to event attendees, volunteers, vendors & exhibitors
Metro Transit Trip Planner
Bus routes
Bike maps
Location Selection
Held event at a venue easily accessible by transit
Cost savings experienced from implementing green initiatives
Please describe any other known environmental benefits from sustainability initiatives at your event
Paper reduction efforts saved approximately 1,037 sheets of paper or 12% of one tree.
What has been your biggest success in terms of green initiatives at your event?
Paper reduction efforts were probably the biggest success. It saved money and was relatively easy to implement.
What has been your biggest challenge in terms of green initiatives at your event?
Local food - holding the meeting in February in Minnesota made local food options difficult to use.
How were the green initiatives received by event attendees and/or vendors?
Very well - participants were happy to receive meeting materials electronically vs. a paper copy.
Will you plan to implement green initiatives again?