CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced the launch of Meet and Be Green, a new program that encourages guests and planners to make green choices for their meetings. Dedicated Hyatt meeting planners will help source products with 100 percent recycled content where possible, find local suppliers, and maximize efforts to reduce waste to create a meeting experience that exceeds expectations and helps the environment at the same time.
For new meetings booked by December 30, 2010, and held by March 31, 2011 at full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada, groups participating in the Meet and Be Green program will be eligible for a 3 percent rebate on qualifying charges on the master bill. Meet and Be Green is one of the latest additions to Great Happens, Hyatt’s ongoing campaign to emphasize the power and importance of in-person meetings.
In order to Meet and Be Green at Hyatt, planners and meeting attendees will pledge to take these 10 steps to “go green” during their meeting:
- Recycle during the meeting;
- Use products with 100 percent recycled content;
- Print materials locally;
- Minimize shipping;
- Rather than setting materials at every seat, place meeting materials, such as handouts, notepads, pens, etc., in a central location so attendees can take as needed;
- Maintain room temperatures at an appropriate level;
- Eliminate disposable water bottles;
- Minimize use of other disposable products such as plates, cups, napkins, and utensils;
- Select locally grown seasonal foods when planning the menu; and
- Plan ahead for the meeting to make it easier and more economical to keep the meeting green.
“We created Meet and Be Green as a way to reward businesses for helping reduce the environmental impact that can result from meetings,” said Jack Horne, vice president of sales for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts—North America. “By seeing how simple it can be to plan and participate in a green meeting, we are hoping to make green meetings a must-have for all businesses preparing and planning meetings.”
Meet and Be Green is one part of Hyatt’s larger pledge to conserve energy, minimize waste and create responsible, sustainable corporate practices to care for the Earth and guests. By empowering guests to do the same, Hyatt and its planners can help minimize the environmental impact of meetings. Full details of the program and promotion are available at www.hyattmeetings.com.
In addition to the launch of Meet and Be Green, Hyatt recently announced the rollout of new seasonal banquet menus. These menu selections are updated quarterly and provide food and beverage enhancements for meetings and events that feature items from local and regional farmers, fishermen and cheese makers.