Our reviews of many green event planning guides

Please contact us if you a) know of a guide we don't list here, b) need guidance different from any guide we've found.

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France and EU Centric Guides

Événement ÉCOresponsable provides links similar to our list particularly if you have prefer French language, or France and Québec focus.

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Planning a Sustainable Event or Party

This Guide is from the city of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development. It's divided into sections on pre-event planning, recycling, and evaluation. There are three appendixes with additional resources (mostly specific to Portland,) sample vendor letters and a sample event audit.

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Environmentally Responsible Business Travel

GreenBiz.com discusses the environmental impact of business travel, with a short "action plan" for travelers. The article also includes some helpful links for finding green transportation and lodging.

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Meeting Strategies Worldwide

Meeting Strategies Worldwide has a variety of guides that you'll have to pay for -- they are also available as a full-service event planning company.

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Food Waste Handling Guide

This basic, brief guide from Zero Waste Action Team has five detailed steps for getting started, plus about 25 more short suggestions for reducing food waste at your event. There is a Green Directory at the bottom with Canadian businesses. The guide seems to be written for food service establishments, but would be applicable to conferences, festivals and parties as well.

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The Recycling Advocate's Guide to Reducing Waste

This helpful Guide to Reducing Waste at any event has basic and advanced tips for event planners. It focuses on reducing food waste, site logistics, and recycling materials. It covers pre-event planning, steps to take during the event and evaluation after the event. It also has links to other resources, some of which are specific to Portland Oregon.

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Green Party Guide from YouthXChange

This article from youthXchange.net has resources and quick tips for planning a sustainable party.

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Sustainable Event Planning

This 2-page brochure style guide is a downloadable pdf that was written in 2003 by Sustainable Communities Network. It focuses on location, publicity, food service and other general logistics with links for additional sustainable resources.

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MIT's Zero Waste Party Planning Guide

This Guide from MIT has guidelines for large events focusing on event advertising, waste management, food service, energy, and participant education.

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Green Funerals

This site lists green cemeteries and funeral homes across the country, plus related articles and books. Some of the site is currently under construction, including the section on green service providers.

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Green Party Planning

This Eco-friendlier Party Planning Guide has tips on decorating, food, party favors and dishware, plus links for where to buy such eco-friendly products. While helpful, this guide could be greener by advocating purchasing fewer unnecessary items - such as flowers or disposable dishware.

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Eco Friendly Parties from Style Me Pretty

These six short tips focus on time, location, decor, entertainment, menu, and hostess gifts. The article is basic and brief but has a few worthy creative ideas, like having acoustic musicians perform at your party.

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Simple Travel Tips from STA

Here are a few extra basic tips directed at college student travelers.

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Green Burial Web site

This site discusses green burials and answers questions for anyone who has ever thought about burial alternatives.

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Green Sport Events Ideas from Cliffbar

Here's a pdf from Clifbar with some good ideas for green sporting events.

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News Article with Additional Tips for Travelers

This article from MSNBC includes travel tips about topics including hotels, transportation, and sightseeing.

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National Geographic's Green Guide

This guide is great! It's educational and entertaining; featuring in-depth articles, green living tips, green buying guides, and much more!

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Sustainable Sport Events Tips from Fresh Air Sports

This Guide discusses how Fresh Air Sports is promoting sustainable events, with quick tips that could be implemented for a wide variety of sporting events.

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Bridging the Gap Green Event Guide

This 40 page guide, from Kansas based non-profit Bridging the Gap, focuses on different types of events: large conferences, small social gatherings, neighborhood get-togethers, and larger festivals. The conference planning tools are similar to the other thorough guides listed here though with less tools for working with hotels and contractors. But if you're not a professional event planner this guide really stands out: we highly recommend this for non-professionals planning a personal, neighborhood event or a small festival. It's a creative guide: ever thought of starting a “tableware cooperative” with your neighbors?

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The Green Team's Green Race Guide

This useful Guide is from the Green Team, a group that creates green races and marathons.

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