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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 · EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


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Green Meetings

From the Cascade Mountains to the Oregon Coast, our citizens have a keen appreciation for protecting our common inheritance of natural beauty and precious resources. Consistently recognized as a sustainability leader, Eugene and the surrounding communities are a natural draw for green meetings.

GREEN EVENT CENTERS

Utilizing a progressive green meeting space is an excellent way to "go green." Venues like The Center for Meeting and Learning at Lane Community College and the University of Oregon’s Lillis Business Complex exemplify green design and management.

Or book an ultra-hip meeting space that has been "re-purposed" rather than torn down. In Springfield, Sprout! Regional Food Hub renovated a historic church, opening up rooms for small businesses, building a demonstration kitchen and turning the worship hall into a beautiful event space. Look for energy conservation policies, on-site recycling and green janitorial service.

GREEN EVENT PLANNING

Add an eco-inspiration activity to your conference agenda with a tour of an organic farm or sustainable industry. Or, take your group on an eco-adventure and explore the West Eugene Wetlands, hike a local trail and look for birds, or navigate the local watershed by raft or kayak. Additionally, we can connect you with passionate sustainable speakers and enthusiasts that are eager to share their knowledge with groups.

MAKE MINE GREEN!

For assistance with green meetings or a green sports event, contact our Sales Managers at 800.547.5445.

Try these sustainable suggestions

  • Provide online access to conference materials rather than distributing handouts, binders or brochures.
  • Forgo imprinted plastic gizmos and make an impression with amusing entertainment, edible treats or special discounts.
  • Ask attendees to bring their own lanyards and name badges from previous events or conferences (we all have a ton!). Not only does this save on additional plastic, paper and lanyards, it also provides a fun icebreaker activity for attendees to share their badge story.
  • Provide bike pedi-cabs or biodiesel shuttle service.
  • Use water coolers and pitchers instead of individual bottled water and soda cans.
  • Offer bulk sugar, creamer, butter, jelly and cream cheese instead of individual servings.
  • Use the facility's glasses, plates, silverware and cloth napkins. For disposables choose compostible or biodegradable cups, plate and utensils. Do not use Styrofoam.
  • Provide clearly marked, easily accessible recycling and composting bins alongside all trash cans.
  • Serve locally grown and organic food and beverages.
  • Extend the life of florals and other decor by donating them to local non-profits after the event. Do the same with leftover food.
  • Consider creating a carbon-offset program for your event such as planting trees, purchasing wind energy or donating to a conservation program.
  • Are you geocaching or treasure hunting as a teambuilding exercise? Take the "Cache In Trash Out" approach and have fun making a difference.