June 2020            senfc.org

A Message From the Board

The Board of Directors of the Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean (SENFC) are all moral innovators; revolutionaries you may say.  Everyone today is referring to the new normal, which is daunting to be sure, but what made the old normal a good model in the first place?  There is a need for improvement if we really want to be socially responsible, so here is an opportunity for reflection and change.  “Clean and Sanitized” is necessary but have we lost “hospitality and sustainability”?  Let’s not.  Be part of the solution by joining SENFC and engage in best practices to help our neighbors and our planet Earth.

Our mission: “To lead the meetings and events industry in the advancement of sustainable practices in Florida and the Caribbean.”

Francis W. Purvey




     Shaking Up Food Rescue              Misconceptions

A Virtual Mixer

Join the Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean for a Virtual Mixer on ZOOM - Thursday, June 11th at 4pm EDT.  We will discuss Food Rescue, the Good Samaritan Law, and chat about our recycling efforts during quarantine. Mix your favorite cocktail and join the discussion. The best quarantine repurpose idea will win a prize supplied by Eco Eclectic!



New SENFC Partner


New SENFC Members

Wayne Canner, Palm Beach Neighbors

Nicole Chapman, Florida Restaurant &                                          Lodging Association

Joost De Meyer, First Incentive Travel

Robin Frey, HelmsBriscoe

Nicole Furniss, Party for a Purpose Events

Loretta Noonan, Sustainability Enthusiast

Suggestion from a SENFC member

Thanks to Steffi Kordy

of Cocoon Incentives

In meetings and for personal use, note pads made out of recycled paper are easy to find. If you want to offer pens for a one-time use, consider those made out of paper, which will decompose centuries faster than plastic. And to note down great ideas with pencils, try using a “sprout pencil”.  When its usefulness is over, plant the end of the pencil, which contain seeds and enhances your garden.  

Feeding the Unemployed in Southeast Florida

Food Rescue US launched their 3rd community kitchen in partnership with the Miami Gardens restaurant Chef Creole. Their 1st community kitchen at Red Rooster Overtown has now provided over 7,000 meals since launching in April and plans for additional kitchens are underway!

Learn more at foodrescueus.com

Hard Rock Stadium to Become One of the First Public Facilities to Earn GBAC STAR™ Accreditation and Palm Beach County is the First Florida Destination to Commit to the Same Program

Hard Rock Stadium and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced last week that the global sports and entertainment venue has committed to become the first public facility to receive GBAC STAR™ accreditation. This initiative will serve as the gold standard for facilities to implement cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention work practices to control risks associated with infectious agents. In order to earn GBAC STAR™ accreditation, Hard Rock Stadium will complete 20 program elements with specific performance and guidance criteria. 

Additionally, the Palm Beaches Tourism Community announced this week that it is the First Destination in Florida to commit to the internationally acclaimed cleaning & disinfection accreditation for its hospitality facilitiesPalm Beach County Reveals Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation program for the community that will aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Surviving With the Unseen Enemy

Reprinted from the Corporate & Incentive Travel May 2020 issue

While the coronavirus has totally disrupted the meetings industry, the toll on human lives is heartbreaking, with havoc in the meetings industry reported to be incalculable. I am waiting to see what happens next. My concern is that some businesses will have difficulty surviving and coming back. Meetings have been cancelled and some planners have opted for virtual meetingswhich, as we all know, does not replace face-to-face meetings. To date, some major industry associations have rescheduled their annual meetings while some have gone virtual. As an industry, we are poised for epic changes in how we meet, attend trade shows and do business in the future. The push for social distancing requires meeting professionals and meeting planners to proceed cautiously so that it is safe to return en masse. Hoteliers and cruise lines as well as all means of transportation have to convince planners that adequate steps have been taken to assure the safety of all involved in executing and attending an event.

Of importance at this unusual time is keeping the stress level manageable and recognizing that we are all in this together while we endure these unique circumstances. 

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