SENFC Newsletter

February 2022


There are opportunities to participate and become engaged with our Membership, Communications, and Education and Zero Food Waste 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!

Recognizing New & Renewed Members of SENFC:

Katerina Chagoya - Orange County Convention Center

Leyvis Concepcion - Verde Plus

Belkys Stallings - ATD NEFL Inc.

Christine Cooper - HEXCUTE

Jessica Gutierrez - Buddy System

Rosemary Prince - Florida State University

SENFC Board Member Certified Blue Consultant

Marianne Schmidhofer, SENFC Chief Education Enthusiast has recently completed training with Oceanic Global to be a certified Blue Consultant. This is a brand new program Oceanic Global has launched with just 60 Blue Consultants Globally. As a Blue Consultant Marianne will help organizations implement Oceanic Global’s Blue Standard, which helps businesses and industries reduce single-use plastics, improve the sustainability of their operations, and achieve a measurable impact that protects our blue planet. Blue consultants must complete a training program and undergo evaluations with Oceanic Global. 

Oceanic Global is an international NGO that sheds light on humanity’s essential relationship to the ocean and empowers individuals, communities, and industries to create measurable positive change through educational experiences, consulting on sustainable operations, and engaging local communities.  

Oceanic Global’s Blue Standard is a first-of-its-kind cross-industry standard that works to create a new balance between businesses and the natural world that sustains them. Its three-star verification system was built together with Oceanic Global’s Scientific Advisory Board to transition businesses away from environmentally detrimental

products and processes, unify the global movement around responsible consumption, and make it easy, cost-efficient, and effective to eliminate single-use plastic and adopt sustainable operating practices at scale. Becoming Blue Verified means taking responsibility for our shared planet and all it sustains. 

To learn more about Oceanic Global Blue Standard  go to

Miss Out on SENFC's February Sips & Tips? No Worries! Here are Some of Our Sustainable Tips for Decor and Exhibits:

1)  Use potted plants instead of centerpieces - let attendees take them home!

2) - great plant resource!

3)  Gather all those gift cards, certificates, 2 for 1 purchases and USE them yourself OR use them as trade show giveaways!

4)  Discourage use of all non-sustainable SWAG (Stuff We All Get!)

5)  Encourage consumable goods as SWAG, especially those that are re-purposed

6)  - Every purchase supports a day of freedom from human trafficking, slavery and poverty through a self-sustaining job.

7) - based in Jacksonville; every item made by survivors of human trafficking

8)  Trade Show Gimmick:  ship nice pen cap to intended client and have them "pick up" the other half at the trade show! (can use any other nice item that will entice)

9)  Decor:  go with re-usable and/or bio-degradable items

10) Substitute balloon bouquets with natural or re-usable products

11)  Use GoBos (organization's logo) and lighting to achieve decor  

12) Use all forms of virtual, high-tech imagery on walls, fabric, scrims, staging, decks, floors, tablecloths - whatever - in lieu of actual items (think the recent Van Gogh tour!)

13)  Scavenger Hunt for trade show attendees where they must stop by booth, get signature or stamp and then be entered for a drawing for an experiential prize (dining, weekend, tour, excursions, spa treatment) in lieu of Give Aways

14) Re-usable Banners wherever possible OR produce in sections where one section only needs replacing

Federal Recycling Bills

Keep an eye on three drafted Federal bills that would establish a national bottle deposit system, fund recycling infrastructure accessibility and collect data on recycling and composting that could aid in implementing a national composting strategy

Learn more via Resource Recycling and Waste Dive

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of the Month:

February - #4 Quality Education

This month we are looking specifically at Goal 4 - Quality EducationEnsure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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.

Welcoming Our New Corporate Member:

Florida Atlantic University

Learn more about FAU's upcoming Executive Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management HERE.

Partial scholarships offered to ALL SENFC MEMBERS! Email for yours!


The Zero Food Waste Committee is eagerly seeking volunteers! To express your interest, CLICK HERE.

Check it Out!

GreenBiz Group's "State of Green Business 2022"

Read the Full Report HERE.

"How 3,500 Vegan Lunches Improved One Event’s Sustainability Bottom Line"

"You’ve probably worked to improve your conference sustainability—waste diversion, less paper, fewer single-serve plastics—but have you thought about the carbon footprint of the food you serve? The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo has, and the 3,500 plated lunches it served at McCormick Place in Chicago at its November 2018 event were 100 percent vegan."

Read the full article HERE.

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"Partner Registration is in full swing!  Register now to attend our Information Session on March 1st at 11:30 am - no cost; only commitment!"


Jobs in Sustainability!

Click on these current job opportunities in the sustainability field to learn more:

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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.