Our Next SENFC Event


Sep 1st, 2022 @ 4pm ET

End Of Summer Virtual Networking:

Bring Your Favorite Sustainability Tip to Share OR Just Bring Yourself 

and learn many more...

Everyone participates!


Meet our new Intern - Kandy Marroquin

After graduation next Spring Kandy will be seeking employment with a company that focuses on sustainability in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Kandy hails from Jacksonville, Florida and is beginning her senior year at Flagler college, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Communications. An active student she is a Flagler Ambassador, Resident Advisor and Vice President for the Latinx Club. Getting involved in her major she recently assisted the meeting organizer at FCPA’s (Florida Prestressed Concrete Association) conference at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.  Other events that she worked were The Spanish Wine Festival, The Players Tournament, and a wedding at The Treasury. "My duties as an intern for SENFC give me practical experience in sustainable practices in the meetings and events industry,  employing social media and communications as well as association management." 

The Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and can accept tax deductible donations. 

Click HERE to learn more...

SENFC Helps Around the Community in July

Florida Society of Association Executives

Left: Gail Siminovsky, 2021-22 Chair

Right: Frank Rudd, Presidents/CEO

The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) participated in a food rescue during the recently held annual conference that benefited Homeless Helping Homeless in Tampa.  SENFC coordinated the effort with the cooperation of FSAE President and CEO Frank Rudd, Chair Gail Siminovsky and the Tampa Marriott Water Street.

Most meal functions offer great zero food waste opportunities

Florida Prestressed Concrete Association

Left: Diep Tu, Executive Director

Right:  Lloyd Kennedy, President

The Florida Prestressed Concrete Association (FPCA) held their annual Summer Meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa at which 275 pounds of food was rescued and delivered to the City Rescue Mission Jacksonville!  

Thanks to FPCA leadership Diep Tu, Executive Director and Lloyd Kennedy, President for partnering with SENFC to accomplish this food rescue and give back to the local community.   

SENFC coordinated the rescue with the help of our intern, Kandy Marroquin, a hospitality major at Flagler College and Nancy Slatsky, Culinary Sales at Mr. Green's Produce, who organized transportation, Sawgrass Marriott Chef Melanie Cuartelon and Bryan Day, Assistant Director of Event Management.  Many thanks to all!


Renewing Members

Frank Fry - Embassy Suites (Skal Orlando)

Loretta Noonan - Volunteer

Richard Scinta - Wyndham (Skal Orlando)

John Stine - Central Florida Hospitality  Advisors (Skal Orlando)

Kambria Smith - FAU

Steve Vinciguerra - Sea World (Skal Orlando)

Tom White - Skal Orlando 

And Learn how to be a sustainability enthusiast and advocate

August & September

Calendar of Events

August 25, 2022 (4pm ET) - LIVE EVENT: Using Biomimicry and

Bio-utilization to clean up our waste (sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber Learn more

August 31, 2022 - Summer Sustainability Events in Clearwater, Orlando & Miami (sponsored by SITE Florida & Caribbean)   Learn more

September 1, 2022 (4pm ET) - SENFC End Of Summer Virtual NetworkingBring Your Favorite Sustainability Tip to Share OR Just Bring Yourself    Register

September 13, 2022 (6pm ET) - LIVE EVENT:  Eco-Cinema Part 3 "Endangered Mermaids" at the St Augustine Yacht Club

(sponsored by Beaches Go Green)   Learn more

September 15, 2022 (2pm ET)Regenerative Development and the redesign of the human impact on Earth ($30) (sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber)  Learn more

Tips from the SENFC Virtual Networking

On Sustainable Weddings

  1. Wear a wedding gown from a family member or friend and repurpose the gown.
  2. Rent chairs, tables etc. Or ask friends if they have things you could borrow
  3. “Grow your own”. Grow your flowers from your backyard! Maybe use very small trees as centerpieces. 
  4. Buy everything locally or even from neighbors: this will avoid unnecessary packaging. 
  5. Compost! Flowers, food, material etc. Items must be compostable (cups, plates, confetti leaves). Make sure caterer is in contact with the compost company. 
  6. Send centerpieces to hospitals, nursing homes etc. RAF (Random Acts of Flowers) is a perfect resource. 
  7. Place a Dot under a chair at each table and the person with the Dot can take the centerpiece home!
  8. Choose a sustainability-focused caterer that uses local farmers and plan a food rescue!
  9. Use eco-friendly invitations and guest registry 
  10. Put the leftover food in small doggy bags for wedding guests. 
  11. Use nature to your advantage! Use logs as benches and they are perfect for pictures. 
  12. Make donations to World Wildlife Fund, Random 
  13. Have a costume party or donate your bridesmaid dress to organizations that uses them as prom dresses. 
  14. Get married just once! 

What To Ask about Sustainability

on Site Tours

As seen on MeetingsNet.com

If you invite Glenna Fulks on a site visit, be prepared to answer questions about everything from the local use of electric vehicles to the venue’s food-waste management systems to the cleaning products in use. And she’s likely to ask about farm-to-table programs, hotel-managed herb gardens and beehives, and cutting down on plastics. In fact, she has developed an entirely new site-visit questionnaire to focus on sustainability on the hotels and venues she’s considering.  Read more

Have You Seen Them Yet? Rivian’s new chapter with Amazon officially begins...

Amazon is officially starting deliveries in its new custom all-electric Rivian Electric Delivery Vehicle (EDV). The tech giant’s new EDVs hit the road as of July 21 in cities all over the U.S. Both companies plan to bring thousands of custom EDVs to more than 100 cities by the end of the year and 100,000 vehicles by 2030. 

Read more from GreenBiz

"Beginning customer deliveries with the Rivian EDV is an important step toward Amazon's Climate Pledge commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040 and its pledge to ensure 50% of all shipments reach net-zero carbon by 2030."

IMEX America 2021 Sustainability Report

Earth Overshoot Day fell on July 28 this year. It marks the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth regenerates during the entire year. At such a critical time in our planet's future, the leadership at IMEX believes it's essential we come together as an industry to reduce the global impact of events.

To help us all to discover new ideas we can put into practice, IMEX has shared its latest event sustainability results.

Some highlights and lessons:

  • How IMEX achieved a zero-waste event rating through their highest ever landfill diversion rate
  • Sustainable food and carbon emissions menu coding
  • Making positive community impact – how IMEX donated 600 hygiene kits, 105 children’s books, and planted 1,000 trees
  • Industry standards benchmarking
Read The Report

U.S. Travel Launches

Sustainable Travel Coalition

The U.S. Travel Association recently announced the launch of its new Sustainable Travel Coalition, which aims to align the travel, transportation and technology sectors in developing and advancing strategies to enable a more sustainable future for the U.S. travel industry.

With nearly 60 member organizations at launch, the Sustainable Travel Coalition will serve as an advisory body to inform U.S. Travel on sustainability issues, opportunities and concerns within member organizations and destinations. A dedicated Policy Committee will help drive the broader coalition’s efforts to enable regular progress and collaboration.  Read more