On Wednesday May 18th the New York Metro Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) hosted the First Annual ISES Sustainability Forum and Marketplace at Lighthouse International. This important event served to inspire professional event planners to commit to sustainable practices, educate planners on local resources, and grow newly-established eco-guidelines into standardized special event industry policies.
In addition to a terrific panel discussion featuring industry leaders Jill Drury (Drury Design Dynamics), Johanna Walsh (Twirl Management), Irene Hamburger (Blue Hill) and Patty Kleinberg (Queens Botanical Garden), the event included an eco-marketplace installation showcasing key vendors and eco-resources available to NYC special event professionals.
In an effort to maximize exposure to eco-experts, the Marketplace also put the spotlight on eight trend-setters which included Kathleen Bakewell of Brook Farm Group, Alec Baxt of Farming Up, Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Company, Michael Green of Liquid Assets Consulting Group, Robert LaValva of New Amsterdam Market, Liz Neumark of Great Performances, Trish O’Sullivan of Trish O’Sullivan Design Group and Martin Paul Schreibman, Ph.D of Brooklyn College’s Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center.
The event also introduced the Navistar all electric eStar delivery vehicle, specially designed for the urban market.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Lighthouse International, Cox Printers, CrossFire Communications, BizBash, New York’s Best Musicians, Drury Design Dynamics, AFR, Navistar and Grey Sky Films.