Why we're putting sustainability at the heart of what we do
In August 2016, Glasgow became the first city in the UK to be included in a new sustainability ranking of leading international conference destinations – alongside the likes of Houston, Sydney, Kyoto, Barcelona, Geneva, Helsinki, Stockholm and Frankfurt. Glasgow is currently ranked as number 4 in the world.
The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), initiated by the Scandinavian Chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in collaboration with professional conference organiser MCI Group, aims to bring destinations together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of their respective meetings industries by highlighting best practice and promoting responsible business tourism.
We want to build on our existing credentials to further support the city in achieving its sustainable objectives and play a greater role in helping to make Glasgow greener.
Glasgow Convention Bureau is giving a helping hand to conference organisers who wish to organise a sustainable conference in our city. Ouronline toolkit identifiessome of the leading sustainable businesses across the city – from hotels and restaurants, to conference venues and providers of corporate entertainment. By doing so, conference organisers can easily choose the services they need to run a more sustainable conference from suppliers who align with their own green objectives.
If you are organising a conference in the city and would like to explore the option of offsetting the conference's carbon footprint, then you can do so here at Carbon Conservation.
Representatives from Glasgow’s hospitality industry, local government, business and academic communities have created the People Make Glasgow Greener team and are now working together to help make Glasgow a more sustainable business tourism destination.
Glasgow means “Dear Green Place” and today the city lives up to its name. There are over 90 parks and gardens, eight of which have won the UK’s coveted Green Flag award, and at 32% Glasgow has the second largest proportion of greenspace for its residents of any European city.
The People Make Glasgow Greener team have worked with Glasgow Convention Bureau to identify green space which can not only be enjoyed by delegates relaxing after conference but can be used as a place where delegates can get involved in outdoor activities and 'horticultural therapy'. Delegates can take part in team building activities, such as planting Scottish wildflowers or volunteering in community parks and gardens.