Greener Glasgow gets into the team sustainability spirit

Glasgow has, 16 May, unveiled its new ‘Green conventions team’, set up to champion the city’s credentials as a world-leader in sustainable business tourism.

The initiative is at the heart of Glasgow Convention Bureau’s new People Make Glasgow Greener campaign, which aims to build on the city’s position as the seventh most sustainable conference destination in the world and the only UK city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Led by Glasgow Convention Bureau, the 20-strong team brings together representatives from across the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors, academic and business communities, and local government.

Glasgow’s new green team includes Glasgow Chamber of Commerce; the Scottish Event Campus (SEC); Glasgow Restaurant Association (GRA); Greater Glasgow Hoteliers Association (GGHA); VisitScotland, ScotRail; Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the Woodlands Community Development Trust and Locavore Farm as well as Glasgow, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities.

The People Make Glasgow Greener campaign will deliver bespoke ‘horticultural therapy’ packages for conference organisers interested in offering sustainable teambuilding activities for delegates.

These will take place across the city’s parks and gardens, including the Woodlands Community Garden near the SEC, and include workshops on enhancing biodiversity, maintaining green-spaces and replanting Scottish wildflowers.

A toolkit identifying some of the city’s leading sustainable businesses – from hotels and restaurants to conference venues and corporate entertainment providers – has also been created for organisers to find the services they require from suppliers with similar green objectives.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow is working towards becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 and a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action.

“We’ve already made great strides in that respect, with Glasgow currently ranked seventh on the Global Destination Sustainability Index. As the only UK city to be included, it’s incredibly motivating to see Glasgow recognised as a destination at the forefront of sustainability best practice and responsible business tourism.”

By the end of 2018, Glasgow will have hosted 20 energy, sustainability and low carbon industry-related conferences over a 24-month period; delivering nearly 60,000 delegate days and boosting the city’s economy by more than £23m.

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, added: “It’s a responsibility for us all to ensure that we are constantly considering our impact on the environment.  As always, Glasgow is pulling together as a team to make a difference and focus on looking after the environmental health of our city from which both our citizens and visitors benefit.”

Green team in Glasgow. L-R: Janice Fisher – Greater Glasgow Hotel Association, Gordon Daniel McGuire – Glasgow Restaurant Association, Aileen Crawford – Glasgow Convention Bureau, James Kemp – Kained Holdings,  Kathleen Warden – SEC and Michael Nimmo – SPT.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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