Glasgow has today (Tuesday, May 16) unveiled a new ‘green conventions team’ which will champion the city’s credentials as a world-leader in sustainable business tourism.
Led by Glasgow Convention Bureau, which is part of Glasgow Life, the 20-strong team brings together representatives from across the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors, academic and business communities, and local government.
The initiative is at the heart of Glasgow Convention Bureau’s new People Make Glasgow Greener campaign, which aims to foster greater collaboration between partners and 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).
Among others, 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.
Working with Glasgow City Council's Land and Environmental Services department and local seed-planting business, Kabloom; the People Make Glasgow Greener campaign will deliver bespoke ‘horticultural therapy’ packages for conference organisers interested in offering sustainable team-building 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 to simplify the process of organising a sustainable conference in Glasgow. It aims to make it easier for conference organisers to find the services they require from suppliers with similar green objectives.