Going green during your event: The value of small steps
27 September 2017
For the 76th Congrès de la Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM), held at the Québec City Convention Centre September 27 to 30, 2017, Mr. Jacques Dupuis, Director of Corporate Affairs and Logistics for the FQM, shares the importance of sustainability during meetings and conventions for his organization.
Québec’s Federation of Municipalities (FQM) and the Québec City Convention Centre have been faithful friends for the last 20 years. If they have one thing in common, it’s that they like to do things differently. So when the FQM decided to tackle residual materials and aim for zero waste at its 2003 conference, the Centre was more than happy to get onboard. These days, FQM conferences consistently achieve a Level 3 rating for responsible event management from the Québec standards bureau, Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
“The Convention Centre team is always more than willing to help us come up with creative solutions to reach our goals. Working with them over the years, we’ve been able to evolve, improve our practices, and finetune our conferences by applying what we call the ‘Theory of Small Steps,’” explains Jacques Dupuis, the Federation’s Director of Logistics and Corporate Affairs.
For the FQM, going green is pretty much a given, since the environment is a major concern for municipalities and their residents. As an organization that represents elected municipal leaders, the FQM is committed to holding conferences aligned with the principles of sustainable development.
Expense or Profit?
It takes planning and thought to integrate sustainable practices into an event. For many organizers, the material investment can be a major hurdle. Yet partnerships and sponsor programs can easily balance out the expense. “We’re in the events business,” notes Dupuis. “The beauty of our industry is that we can find solutions that are creative and fun. It just takes some planning and budgeting. For the FQM, sustainable practices are a definite plus at any conference. It’s an expense that generates a positive response—and returns.”