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People Make Glasgow Greener

Your next sustainable conference destination

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.

Glasgow is partnering with international sustainability leader EarthCheck to assist the city to benchmark its environmental and social performance. Based on the fundamental belief that ‘what gets measured, gets managed’ the EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations program helps communities to measure and monitor their environmental economic, and social impact, and prepare and track that performance against their own targets and the performance of other destinations across the world.

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 has recently signed up to the Tourism Declares initiative, which aims to inspire and encourage all sectors of the travel industry - including Operators, Agents, Platforms, DMCs, Tourism Boards, Trade Associations, Hotel chains, Academia, Airlines, Media and Service Providers - to acknowledge the climate emergency and develop appropriate action plans. View our Tourism Declares statement. 

More information on our sustainable aspirations can be found within our People Make Glasgow Greener Strategy. You can also view our Sustainable Strategy Report for 2021. 

Sustainability Toolkit for Conference Organisers

Glasgow Convention Bureau is giving a helping hand to conference organisers who wish to organise a sustainable conference in our city.  Our online toolkit identifies some 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 My Park Scotland. 

Carbon Footprint and Greenhouse Gas Footprint Calculator are tools that will help you calculate the carbon footprint of your conference. 

The People Make Glasgow Greener Team

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.

Delegate Gardens

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.

Glasgow is also working towards the goal of becoming a National Park City, more information on this can be found on the Glasgow National Park City website. 

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. 

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