February 2021                                                                                     senfc.org

Meet the SENFC Founding Past President – Steven Pollock

In 2009, after decades of composting and recycling at home, Steven Pollock, CMP joined the Green Meeting Industry Council and initiated the process to create the GMIC Florida/Caribbean Chapter.  He then served on the Sustainability Committee of the Events Industry Council, which had taken over the GMIC mission.  In 2017 Steven led a few individuals who had been members of the old GMIC chapter to create our new independent association and became the founding president of SENFC.

Professionally, Steven is an associate with HelmsBriscoe, finding venues and negotiating contracts on behalf of association and corporate leaders to accommodate their multi-day conferences and group incentive trips. He is also developing an internet portal at MyProNews.com to provide networking and education for our industry.

SENFC + FIU Present the Second Virtual Workshop on Sustainable Trade Shows

February  25, 2021 - 4pm  

Trade shows are often identified as one of the worst offenders in programs that ignore sustainable standards, but it does not need to be that way.  Whether you are a show producer, an exhibitor, or an attendee, the value and importance of trade shows may be maintained while being kind to our environment.  

This program reveals best practices in sustainability at trade shows.  Both exhibitors and show producers have vital roles to play in producing consumer or trade shows that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.  Presenters from both roles will discuss how this may be successfully done as well as why it is so important to do so.  This is Act 2.  See the Act 1 recording at senfc.org.

Don’t miss out on robust discussion and valuable resources.


Marianne Schmidhofer, CMM, SENFC Board Member & Chief Education Enthusiast, and Sustainability Managing Director at Whats Your Purpose


Dr. Dan Cormany, Assistant Professor, FIU, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Al Mercuro, Senior Account Director, Genesis Exhibits

Mike Pietraszek, CEM, Senior Director, Sustainability Services, Freeman


  • This unprecedented public private partnership represents a commitment to the mission of raising public awareness and inspiring a call to action to reduce food waste, protect the environment, reduce hunger and save money. SENFC is actively involved. 

  • Wednesday, April 7th: FFWPW Hospitality Day! - Members of the hospitality and events industries will have an opportunity to virtually engage with experts and their peers on Wednesday, April 7th, as FFWPW focuses on food waste in these important industries within our state.  Virtual programming will include live sustainable cooking demonstrations, as well as webinars and panel discussions on food waste prevention in commercial kitchens and live events.  Food rescue and recovery, best practices in event catering, current food waste applications and technology, and other topics will be explored during this exciting day of programming! Check the www.savethefoodfl.com website for the most up to date information.”

  • For more information email:

  • Joanna Berens, SENFC Vice President & Chief Zero Food Waste Enthusiast joannaberens@bellsouth.net OR contact@foodwastepreventionweek.com


New SENFC Members

Deidre Everdij - COTC Events

       Shonna Green -  Brannon Center

Rachel Lazarus - COTC Events

       Jennifer Lopez - COTC Events            

Barbara Piarra - COTC Events


New SENFC Corporate Members

Begin the year Sustainably

Get involved on an enthusiasts committee.  Contact us.

Become a SENFC Social Media Warrior

Dr. Peter Ricci of FAU named “Extraordinary Mind”

Dr. Ricci, SENFC member and head of Florida Atlantic University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program was the guiding force behind a free online certificate offered by FAU’s College of Business last spring at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The certificate, which normally costs $899, permitted industry workers who were furloughed, terminated or had hours reduced to continue their education during the down time and position themselves for new opportunities.

More than 77,000 students in 165 countries and territories registered for the course with over 61,000 fully completing – more than double FAU’s full-time enrollment of 30,000 students and far exceeding anything Ricci anticipated. 

“I just wanted to help keep furloughed employees engaged for a month, not realizing the pandemic would go on and on,” he said. “I thought maybe we’d get 400 people to sign up. Obviously, the response was overwhelming, and we’re delighted that so many people benefited from this.” More

Note that SENFC members pay the Skal member rate. One can attend either event or both.

We hope to get as many members and friends out for this LIIVE event!

  • The 2021 Intentions of Sara Fagen, member of SENFC and Principal at Eco Eclectic

    This year I will…

  • Be more mindful about my consumption habits. I will connect my values with the things I purchase and the businesses I choose to support.
  • Remember to bring my own water bottle, reusable bags, cutlery, and to-go containers when I know I'll need them.
  • Actively work to reduce my household waste. I will take note of the things I toss (including recycling and food waste) and work to reduce that waste.
  • Contribute to a cleaner community. I will pick up trash on my walks, on my way into work, or whenever I spot it!
  • Cut myself some slack when I slip up! Focus on progress, not perfection! 

Earth Angel has worked on over 50 film and TV sets, including those for Avengers: Infinity WarBlack PantherThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Madam Secretary. On set, the team wears biodegradable gloves, an eco-friendly alternative to the typical latex gloves.

Creating Sustainable Event Productions

Sustainability has long been a hot topic in the event industry, but with the increased challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the accompanying single-use flatware, latex gloves, disposable masks and more—it can be especially hard to navigate right now.

One person staying on top of these challenges is Emellie O’Brien, the founder and CEO of Earth Angel. Founded in 2013, Earth Angel creates customized sustainability programs for a wide variety of entertainment and event productions; the Brooklyn, NY-based company, which has branches in Los Angeles and Atlanta, has greened more than 50 sets—including Black PantherThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 and other feature films, TV shows, commercials and live events.

O’Brien notes that the average entertainment production uses 74,000 water bottles and 52,000 gallons of fuel, and is responsible for 63 trees being cut down and over 520,000 airlines flown. Earth Angel combats that environmental impact by providing an on-set eco department, including fully trained "Eco PAs," along with rentable zero-waste kits with bins, labels and signage. The company also runs eco labs—keynotes and workshops that train production teams or businesses on how to integrate sustainable practices—and the "Good Riddance" program, which redirects unused materials to the local community. More...

Congratulations to SITE Florida & Caribbean

on being one of five SITE Chapters to earn a 2020 Sustainability Certificate

 “I am sincerely thrilled the SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter achieved our Sustainability Certificate from SITE Global. Mrs. Steffi Kordy, CITP our Director of Sustainability worked tirelessly for our Chapter to earn this certificate and kept the Board of Director’s focused on holding sustainable events. We are all very proud of this accomplishment!” 

Todd Mickey, CIS, CITP, President of SITE Florida & Caribbean

Addressing Another United Nations Sustainability Development Goal

Target 8.7 calls for nations to, “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.”


As the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children, ECPAT-USA focuses on awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of ECPAT International, a network of organizations in over 100 countries working together toward one common mission: to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children.


A world in which no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.

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