SENFC Newsletter

October 2021

GET INVOLVED!

There are opportunities to participate and become engaged with our Membership, Communications, and Education Enthusiasts (Committees). In addition, SENFC will be assisting MPI Florida to ensure the MPI SES 2022 Conference is sustainable, and a special sub-committee has been established to that end.  Active volunteers are encouraged to reach out to SENFC at senfcmgt@gmail.com 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:

AJ Winslow - Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Jason Pelton - Vista South Convention Services

Anne Marie Moquin - Beaches Go Green

Marci Guttenberg - An Affair to Remember by Marci, LLC

Jill Brown - SWDD of Indian River County

Tejika Baweja - Vista South Convention Services

2022 Special Olympics USA Games to be Hosted By Orlando, FL

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will be taking place June 5 - 12, 2022 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and various venues throughout Greater Orlando.  SENFC members and sustainability enthusiasts in general are encouraged to go to the volunteer page of the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games website to learn more about volunteering and then click on the Register to Volunteer button.  You have a chance to share their areas of interest for volunteering including Sustainability/Green Team.  You will be able to select what shifts you want in February 2022.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of the Month:

October - #13 Climate Action

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 13 - Climate Action. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

FL Retail Bags Report Survey by UF & FDEP

The University of Florida and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are conducting a survey to collect information that might lead to a valuable revision or update of the 2010 Florida Retail Bags Report and possibly help shape future plastics policy in our state. Please complete the survey based on your category and pass this along to others. It is a short survey. All the questions are on one page. The orange arrow is the “submit” button. There are links for different audiences.

NEW PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:

Beaches Go Green, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, aims to create awareness and education around the waste that we produce and how it impacts our planet and our health. With a focus on plastic pollution, we are encouraging people to take small steps to decrease their plastic consumption and overall waste.  We believe that through awareness and education, people will make small changes in their lives that will add up to BIG changes for the greater health of the planet.

Check it Out!

SENFC Partner Beaches Go Green 10/3 Jax Community Cleanup Recap:

273 volunteers for 2 hrs collected 56 bags of trash, 16 bags recycling + 250 lbs large trash items plus 4,426 cigarette butts.

Community volunteer contribution = $15,582.84

Trash abatement contribution to city = $1,742.40

Total contributions to the community = $17,325.24

New IRF Report Examines Pandemic’s Impact on Wellness and Sustainability in Meetings and Incentives

Within the recently released "IRF 2021 Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel Study" planners reported that sustainability is important to them and and helps contribute to the attendee wellness experience.  They acknowledged that, in many ways, the response to Covid often feels counter to sustainability.  In an effort to reduce contact, theres a significant increase in packaged, single-serving food and beverage.  Planners noted theres a lot of concern about so much packaging and waste, and recycling is more important than ever.

However, planners were happy to point out ways in which sustainability has improved over the past 18 months. Concern over travel has resulted in more meetings held locally. The desire to reduce contact has boosted adoption of conference apps that replace printed materials. Hotel health & safety protocols, as well as the labor shortage, has resulted in less frequent changing and washing on linens.

Locally sourced food is very popular and contributes to the authenticity of an event at a special location. Attendees enjoy a unique experience at Farm to Fork and Farm to Table events, with thoughtful enhancements such as custom menus and talks by local farmers, artisans, and the chef. Serving locally sourced food is also a great way to support the local economy.

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.