Plastic wrapping and film are difficult to reuse but in Indian River County they can be recycled into incredible equipment like decking, outdoor furniture, and playground items. Coastal Connections, a SENFC Partner, works with small local businesses to help them recycle this unique single-use product to clean up our landfill and create a more sustainable community.
In December 2022, our WRAP recycling team reached a new record, recycling almost 500 lbs of plastic film in one month. In total, this program has helped local small businesses recycle 3,352 lbs of single-use plastic film. We have also welcomed 5 new volunteers into this program and with new businesses joining the program every month, we cannot wait to see what type of impact we will make together next year.
SENFC New & Renewing Corporate Members
Deidre Everdij - COTC Events
Rachel Lazarus - COTC Events
Chad Midnight - Aqueduct Water Systems
Soyoung Park - FAU
Jennifer Perez - COTC Events
Barbara Pierra COTC Events
Stella Quintero - FAU
Dr. Peter Ricci - FAU
Ye Zhang - FAU
SENFC New &
Renewing Individual Members
Maddy Christenson - Hazelnut
Grace Klopp - GLP Films
Steffi Kordy - Cocoon Incentives
AnastasiaMikhalochkina - Lean Orb Co
Jodi Quillet - Health First
We deeply regret the passing of Dr. Dan Cormany, SENFC member and friend.
"Dr. Dan Cormany was a huge champion of sustainable practices in the events industry and a valued member of the Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean, particularly through his participation on the Education Committee. His commitment to mentoring his students and encouraging their participation in our industry's professional organizations knew no bounds. More often than not, he could be seen at industry networking events accompanying various students, making sure they were introduced to everyone in attendance. To say that Dan's input and presence will be missed is an understatement; we were lucky to have him in South Florida. May his legacy live on through the many event professionals he helped cultivate through his teaching and involvement in the industry."
President & Zero Food Waste Chair, SENFC
Learn More at the two Partner Meetings
Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 - 1:00 pm ET
Thursday, February 9th, 2023 - 4:00 pm ET
If you haven't already, please sign up for one, each designed to:
- Walk you through the Communication Toolkit & Partner Portal
- Simplifyplanning for the week
Click on one of the dates to register for the Info Session:January 24 10 am PT/1pm ET or February 9 1 pm PT/4pm ET
Additionally, please follow Food Waste Prevention Week @FoodWastePreventionWeek on Instagram and Facebook; SavetheFoodWeek on Twitter.
SENFC Featured Corporate Members
FAU's Special Offer to SENFC Members for their Executive Education Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Florida Atlantic University is once again offering its online Executive Education Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management including a sustainability curriculum. And SENFC members are encouraged to register for a $50 scholarship. The public rate is $199.00 but as a SENFC member you will pay $149.00. It is open for 2.5 months and to date, has had a rating of 9.85 out of 10 on feedback!
This popular course among industry professionals has has been widely acclaimed by employers and employees to revitalize best practices, gain engagement and create leadership skills. Dr. Peter Ricci, Director of the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program at FAU states, "We try to be broad-based across items that are impacting the industry right now, of interest to the global workforce, and to attract heavy leaders for dialogue as we build the content."
For more information on the course go to FAU Executive Education, but to be eligible for the SENFC scholarship, be sure to contact Dr Ricci prior to registering .
New Green Lodging Trends Report Takes Close Look at Global Best Practices
Based in Singapore, Greenview has just released its 83-page Green Lodging Trends Report (GLTR), the leading global benchmarking study on sustainability best practices in hotels. The 27,000-hotel in 54 countries dataset was made possible due to the participation of many companies—ranging from Aimbridge Hospitality to Xenia Hotels & Resorts.
Hotel Sustainability Basics—GLTR incorporates 12 fundamental sustainability practices from the Hotel Sustainability Basics Framework. These practices, identified under the leadership of the World Travel & Tourism Council, are endorsed by hospitality companies around the world. GLTR includes 75 best practices, 17 of which align with the Basics Framework. Within each section of the report, practices may fall under topic areas such as Common Practices, Establishes Practices, Emerging Practices, and Innovative Practices.
Highlights from this section of the report:
Close to 80 percent of hotels offer guests opportunities to support or participate in its environmental and social initiatives.
Globally, 66 percent of hotels have eliminated the use of plastic straws.
Almost one in two hotels have replaced mini plastic toiletry bottles with bulk dispensers or non-plastic alternatives.
A total of 40.7 percent of all hotels have replaced plastic water bottles offered to guests and staff with sustainable alternatives such as reuse models, reusable options or non-plastic alternatives.
Throughout the report, Greenview provides country rankings for a particular initiative—having a sustainability team on the property, for example. In this case, the Netherlands tops the list at 90 percent. Interestingly, throughout the report there are 19 rankings, but the U.S. only landed on four of the ranking lists.
SENFC Board Meets in Vero Beach
to set 2023 Goals
The SENFC Board of Directors met for an in-person retreat on January 14th in Vero Beach and enjoyed a jam-packed pre-meeting day of tours and dinner, coordinated by local board member, Sue Flak of Indian River County. Board members enjoyed a tour of the St. Lucie Materials Recovery and Sorting Facility and the Main County Landfill followed by dinner at the historic and eclectic Waldo's on Vero Beach. The productive board meeting was held at the lovely Hampton Inn Downtown Vero Beach after which the board split into two teams and filled up their shopping carts at the United Against Poverty supermarket in order to stock the fridge and shelves at the Fellsmere Community Fridge.
Why We Can't Stop Talking About Greenwashing
from Greenbiz and an article by Joel Makower
Everywhere I look these days there’s greenwashing. Not necessarily actual greenwashing. I’m talking about the word itself.
It’s everywhere, from media missives to activist accusations to regulatory remedies on both sides of the Atlantic. There are academic papers, investor research reports, conference sessions and no small number of online rants in which the G-word is tossed around with abandon.
And whenever the word comes up, there seems to be general head nodding and handwringing: Greenwashing? Of course! It’s a huge problem, and we need to do something about it!
It would appear that greenwashing is one of the great ills of our day.