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It Ain’t Easy Being Green, or Is It? Sustainability and Events
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Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 5/29/2015 3:55:59 PM

By Trudy Chan


Consciousness about sustainability and all things “green” in our modern lifestyles has been growing steadily for decades now, but this awareness only got going in the event industry within the past 20 years. A lot of waste can be produced during an event (it’s a sad sight when pounds of uneaten food and half-full water bottles go straight into the trash), but there are easy and simple ways to green your event that won’t be a hit to your budget or slow down your work process.

  • Skip the plastic: Provide pitchers of filtered water for guests to refill water glasses, and avoid individual water bottles.
  • It’s veggie-tastic: Instead of relying on meat proteins to fill up your guests, promote healthier eating and eco-friendliness by providing an all-vegetarian meal. (Pssst: It can be cheaper, too!) Bonus: There are plenty of farms in New York and New Jersey within a 100-mile radius that can provide fresh and local ingredients for your menus.
  • Signs of the times: Make your life easier and your event greener by reusing your signage materials. Create generic but attractive signs with your company logo and with clear pocket windows to swap out event titles, room designations and agendas. You can even add detachable arrows (we heart Velcro!) for directional use.
  • Cater to catering: Full-service caterers will often rent reusable linens for tablecloths and dining napkins as well as washable chinaware, glassware and utensils. It’s an instant upgrade to your guest experience and your eco-friendliness.
  • Get shipshape: Host your event on our historic ship! Museum founder Zachary Fisher saved the ship from the scrap yard and repurposed the ship as a world-class museum welcoming one million visitors annually. The Intrepid Museum is easily reachable by public transportation—bike, train, bus, even ferry—and just a few easy blocks from the Javits Convention Center. We are building a cogeneration plant on board, which uses thermodynamics to improve fuel efficiency. The Museum’s impressive spaces and awesome collection of aircraft and exhibits are décor enough—no need for imported exotic flowers or single-use centerpieces. Our abundant outdoor space options also mean that we can take advantage of the full spectrum of natural sunlight for entertaining, instead of having to rely on electric lighting.

If you’d like to learn more about the growing field of green practices and protocols in the event industry as well as accreditation for becoming a certified “green” planner, check out the following resources: