Now Is the Time to Make Meetings and Events More Environmentally Friendly

Posted by Patrick Mendoza on 04/22/2016

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We’re moving into the 46th year of Earth Day celebrations – and today’s the day. Earth Day is a celebration of our planet, our home, and also a day that inspires people to take action in making our world a better place.

And it’s important to extend those values into our industry.

Combat waste

As we know from planning thousands of meetings and events, gathering large numbers of people in a single place can create a great deal of waste. However, professionals in the meetings, events, and travel industries can make conscious decisions every day, at every event, to make sure we are doing the all that we can to plan environmentally friendly events.

I’ve been to hundreds of events where, upon checking in, I’ve received binders full of agendas, maps, programs, etc. However, those binders represent a huge waste of resources – paper, ink, energy spent printing, and the event planner’s time – which isn’t ideal for our Earth.

The best solution for this? Incorporate a mobile app at your next event.  Having all event information on the app reduces the need for paper binders – and the less paper we use, the better for our environment.

A mobile app is more than just a replacement for programs, printouts and handouts – a mobile app keeps your attendees engaged far more than they would be with a piece of paper, because they’re used to gathering information via their phone.

Avoid excessive travel emissions

Planning an event in coastal cities, like San Francisco or Orlando, is always a crowd-pleaser. However, these locations are not centrally located in the US, which means someone is probably traveling from the opposite coast. Long plane rides can cause higher emissions from extended flight lengths.

Focus on event venues and locations that are more centrally located to your base. If your event attendees are proportionally from both coasts, finding a centrally located location – cities like Chicago, Dallas, or San Antonio – can cut down on the travel-related emissions.

Lessen your event’s carbon footprint

Attendees tend to take individual cars to travel around the host city.  Incorporate ride-sharing at your event promotes environmental friendliness, as well as additional networking opportunities for attendees!

Many larger events utilize shuttles at their events to cut down on carbon emissions – but meetings and events of all sizes can (and should!) do this. Having 60 people in a single vehicle is far better than having 60 individual cars – with all of their respective carbon outputs.

Finding the right event transportation partner – like PowWow Smart – can help connect you with the right transportation providers.

Following a few best practices will not only help the environment, it can lead to cost savings and a better attendee experience! It is up to each one of us to take steps that can help our planet every single day.

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Posted by Lanyon on 09/19/2016

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Meetings Today-Lanyon Launches Smart Events Cloud 2016-July 2016

Posted by Patrick Mendoza on 07/26/2016

Lanyon, a meetings and travel software company, released a new version of its Smart Events Cloud platform that features a number of significant enhancements, a simplified user interface and improved scalability.


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Posted by Lanyon on 06/15/2016

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Meetings and Conventions Magazine — 5 Tips to Make Your Event More Environmentally Friendly — May 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 05/11/2016

Earth Day fell on April 22 this year. As happens every year, people from around the world agreed on that day to turn off lights, reflect on ways to make our planet cleaner and take steps to reduce waste. 
As we in this industry know, bringing together thousands of people can create a great deal of waste and emissions. However, we can make conscious decisions every day, at every event, to make sure we are doing all that we can to make our events environmentally friendly.

Read the original article here.


Lanyon Selected to Power GBTA’s Worldwide Events

Posted by Lanyon on 05/02/2016

Dallas, Texas (April 28, 2016) — Lanyon, a global leader in meetings, events and travel software, today announced that the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has selected the company’s RegOnline® software to power their global events. The agreement reinforces Lanyon’s commitment to provide best-in-class software to the association marketplace.


How Dreamforce Mastered Event Registration With Salesforce’s Scott Owens

Posted by Lanyon on 04/25/2016

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PCMA Convene – 5 Tips to Max Out Your Mobile Event App – April 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 04/11/2016

If you’ve attended an event, or even walked around any street recently, it’s a safe bet you saw a lot of folks walking around with their heads down, eyes trained on their smartphones, thumbs busily scrolling up and down their screens.

What’s so awesome about their phones? Most likely, they were engaged with an app. 


...read the original article here.


Dallas Business Journal — RealPage exec joins Lanyon as president, COO — March 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 03/22/2016

Dallas Business Journal — RealPage exec joins Lanyon as president, COO — March 2016
Meetings, events and travel software company Lanyon has hired Dirk Wakeham as its president and chief operating officer.
Wakeham joins Dallas-based Lanyon from RealPage Inc. (Nasdaq: RP), a rental housing software business headquartered in Carrollton. During his five years as president of RealPage, Wakeham lead the company through an initial public offering and grew revenue to more than $300 million.

...read the original article here.


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