Green Meetings and Green Events
Green Meetings in green surroundings – Have your event certified as a Green Meeting by Kongresskultur Bregenz. It’s worth it!
Sustainability is an issue close to our heart. That’s why we offer organisers the option of holding Green Meetings. These events pay particular attention to saving resources. Because conferences and meetings are associated with high energy consumption, high waste production and increased traffic volumes. However, by taking a number of coordinated measures, Kongresskultur Bregenz manages to minimise their impact on our environment.
With the Austrian "Green Meetings" Ecolabel, The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management has created a quality label which publicly demonstrates a meeting organiser’s environmental management and social responsibility. It has been jointly developed with the conference industry and the Verein für Konsumenteninformation (Austrian Consumers’ Association).
How to hold a Green Meeting
As a licensee, Kongresskultur Bregenz is authorised to award your event the “Green Meeting” standard. Choose, for example, a certified event venue, appropriate hotel and Green Meeting-verified catering, and the first foundation stone has already been laid. Bregenz Festival House already meets almost all of these mandatory criteria. Additional criteria include CO2 offsetting by the organiser, printed documents produced in accordance with defined guidelines and particular attention to environmentally-friendly mobility. Direct access to public transport therefore makes arrival and departure considerably easier – event tickets can easily be used as travel tickets.
As a special service for your Green Meeting, Kongresskultur Bregenz puts bicycles at the disposal of your conference attendees free of charge. The bikes are intended to enable them to get to and from their accommodation, take trips into the town centre and also to go on short rides along the shore of Lake Constance. Your project leader will be happy to fill you in on the details.
To ensure a smooth lending service, Kongresskultur Bregenz has teamed up with a reliable partner. Integra Vorarlberg is an organisation that combines business with social commitment and additionally offers a range of bike related services. Members of the Integra Vorarlberg team do a variety of activities and receive training, improving their prospects on the job market.
We are particularly pleased that the awarding of the Austrian Ecolabel to Convention Partner Vorarlberg as a licensee has opened the way for Green Meetings in the Vorarlberg area. Together, we are pioneering the reinterpretation of conference tourism. Growing demand proves that we are on the right track.
- Your advantages
• free consultation
• sustainable event organizing with lake view
• Austria eco-label “Green Meetings & Green Events”
• certified “Green Location”
• meet in the green
• personal advices for “Green Meetings”
• bike rental for your participants
Recipe for sustainable development
The architecture of the conference centre, which was completely renovated in 2006, already sets standards in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency. But every single employee is also firmly committed to the idea of sustainability. Saving energy has therefore become a matter of course. Special training courses have helped raise awareness and awakened employees’ ambition. The results of their efforts include: a trend-setting waste management concept and the gradual conversion to LED lighting technology – whilst still providing the same quality of service for organisers, of course.
Many of our partners are contractually obliged to operate in a sustainable manner. The Festival House catering menu therefore primarily includes organic and fair-trade food – preferably from the region. Good food is therefore contributing to climate protection and creating regional added value – a great example of the fact that ecology and economy are no longer irreconcilable opposites.
Show you have a green heart
Green Meetings not only allow you to make your mark during the event. You can start using the Ecolabel when promoting your event, thereby demonstrating your sense of responsibility towards people and the environment. Your personal account manager will be on hand with advice and support if you decide to organise your conference as a Green Meeting.
Sustainable event organising means accepting responsibility: economic, ecological and social responsibility – for our clients; for our team and for our surroundings.
Lots of people talk about it, we do it. Which is why Kongresskultur Bregenz focuses on the economic use of energy as well as using organic products and regional production in addition to fair-trade products in our restaurants and catering are just as much at the centre as the personal and professional further development of our team.
And thanks to partnerships with local public transport providers and other partners at regional, national and international levels we have made it our business to contribute to the "mobility of the future".
We look forward to applying our principle of economic, ecological and social responsibility to the organisation of your event, too.