SENFC Newsletter

December 2021


There are opportunities to participate and become engaged with our Membership, Communications, and Education Enthusiasts (Committees). Active volunteers are encouraged to reach out to SENFC at if you can commit to any of these endeavors. This can be a learning exercise or an opportunity to share your expertise!

Welcoming New Members of SENFC:

Chanda Levy - LOKA Travel

Quinn Mattingly - Audacy Government Division 

Candice Tulsieram - The Sustainable Events Forum

Live Nation Tortuga Music Festival Food Rescue!

SENFC organized a food rescue in partnership with Food Rescue US South - FL and FIU School of Hospitality from the Live Nation Tortuga Music Festival on Ft. Lauderdale Beach in mid November, 2021. Broward Outreach Center received the food; estimates of approx 2,000 pounds of food was rescued!

Miss Out on SENFC's December Sips & Tips? No Worries! Here are Some of Our Favorite Sustainable Holiday Hacks:

1) Separate garbage / avoid using plastic bottles / compost / "keep pushing the cart!"

2) Compost!  Participate in community pumpkin drops, community Christmas tree drops and other community recycling initiatives

3) Re-gift / White Elephant exchanges

4) Gift the gift of "experiences" instead of stuff.  Ex) theatre tickets, classes, tours, trips

5) GIVE a compost pot as a holiday gift! / help organize a loved ones recycling & garbage collection for their household

6) "GO LOCAL!"

7) Use your freezer for leftovers / bring your own container to the restaurant or party to take home your leftovers / carpool to events / walk when you can / use a hybrid of transportation options

8) Wrap gifts in fabric, newspaper or other reusable materials OR brown paper (compostable) - decorations from markers are compostable, but not paint

9) Recycle Christmas tree OR compost it; reduce ALL holiday purchases

10) Give the gift of a gently used cherished item that you no longer need, but someone else will enjoy; USE all those cards that charities send you unsolicited; use those Amazon gift bags and special gift boxes over and over and over and over, give donations in honor of recipient lieu of gifts, send leftovers home with party guests OR send unserved food to a local charity

"Shopping Sustainably During the Most Wonderful (and Wasteful) Time of the Year"

"The spirit of the holiday season is unmatched — festive decorations around every corner, winter wonderland weather, nostalgia, and pure joy. It’s enough to make anyone want to give, give, and give more to spread the happiness to everyone we love.

But during a time when global waste levels increase by 25-30% and many warehouse workers face unethical conditions, it’s more important than ever to remember to gift with intention.

We encourage you to focus on gifts that balance ethics and excitement. To help you do so, we’ve compiled a list of brands and gift ideas that consider the well-being of the planet and all of its people." 

Read the full list HERE.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of the Month:

December - #12 Responsible Consumption and Production

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

This month we are looking specifically at Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

12 Ways to Have an Eco Friendly Holiday

"Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of trash each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. We also use more electricity on holiday lights than some countries use in an entire year! All this waste is really unnecessary."

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SENFC at the 2021 JEPB-UNF Environmental Symposium

Thank you to members Loretta Noonan (pictured below) and Mary Fleming, President, Challenges, Inc. for representing Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean.

A Sustainable SENFC Board Meeting!

 The board of Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean met early this month for their first ever in-person board meeting! The meeting included “Freezer Wars Lunch” (all food served had a previous life!), “Recycling vs. Wishcycling” Team Building with Sue Flak as our judge, and ending with “Sips & Sustainable Gift Exchange”. Valued intern, Emma Stroka, attended virtually.

As part of the "Freezer Wars Lunch," SENFC President, Joanna Berens, made homemade ratatouille using only vegetables that other wise would have been discarded. 

2022 Top Hospitality Industry Trends

"What are the latest trends in the hospitality industry? It goes without saying that the pandemic and ensuing economic downturn greater than the 2008 recession and chaos caused by fluctuation in demand have had a significant impact on hospitality throughout 2020 and 2021 – no doubt with lingering effects. Some innovative responses to this extraordinary situation like attempting to entice patrons back into food and beverage outlets and assure holidaygoers that it is indeed safe to enjoy a hotel stay, have accelerated existing hospitality industry trends and triggered lasting change.

Meanwhile, there has been a shift in society, partly due to changing values after the acute phase of the pandemic. While in 2020 and 2021, the popularity of staycations, hygiene protocols and contactless technologies – all now firmly embedded in the daily activities of hospitality businesses – has risen sharply, some new trends are emerging.

An increased consumer awareness of all things sustainable, purposeful and health & well-being has set new benchmarks for hospitality enterprises. EHL Insights presents to you the current trends in the hospitality industry of 2022."

Read the full list HERE.

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EDUCON for North Florida MPI

SENFC President Joanna Berens spoke on the event sustainability panel at EDUCON 2021 with MPI in North Florida.


By Karl Evers-Hillstrom

"The Food Donation Improvement Act would provide liability protections to organizations that donate food directly to people in need rather than going through a nonprofit and allow them to give to groups that offer food at a substantially reduced price. It would also clarify what kind of labeling standards food products must meet to be eligible for legal protections."

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"Sustainability and Travel: What Companies Should Know for 2022 and Beyond"

"Even before the pandemic threw the travel industry into upheaval, there was mounting pressure for the sector to change its ways of doing business — specifically to prioritize sustainable and responsible practices. The pandemic has only intensified this proposition: Customers, investors, employees, and government regulators are all sending the message that companies need to strive for a higher standard than ever before when it comes to delivering positive change and reducing their impact on the climate."

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Jobs in Sustainability!

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The Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean (SENFC) is the sustainability resource for individuals, associations, corporations, event planners and event venues in Florida and the Caribbean. Founded in 2017, SENFC strives to lead the meetings and events industry in the advancement of sustainable practices in Florida and the Caribbean.