Earth Day was Wednesday, but that doesn't mean you should stop thinking about going green with your events! If you read last week's post, you'll remember that Portland and San Francisco were the top-ranking cities in which to host a green meeting, according to Meeting Strategies Worldwide's Best Places to MeetGreen Scorecard.
I blogged about Portland, Oregon, event venues earlier this week, so let's look at what awaits for your San Francisco events!
If you need San Francisco meeting space with an eco-friendly conscious, the city's grand Moscone Center is ideal. Energy efficient lighting combined with the 60,000 solar array atop the center, which is the largest city-owned solar installation in the country, will reduce carbon emissions of carbon dioxide from the center by 34,000 tons. Not surprisingly, Moscone's green efforts have been recognized with awards such as the 2009 Environmental Achievement Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pacific Southwest Region 9.
The impressive San Francisco convention center can accommodate events of all sizes. Its three components (Moscone North, South and West) consist of over two million square feet of building area, including over 700,000 square feet of exhibit space and up to 106 meeting rooms. In addition to versatile space, meeting planners can enjoy services such as an in-house audio-visual provider, state-of-the-art sound systems, sponsored wifi, and catering by SMG, the premier large-scale caterer in San Francisco.
Green venues are by no means boring, as AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, proves. In 2007, the Giants and the Electric Company completed the first solar energy system installation at a Major League Baseball park. The system was just one of several green initiatives at the park, as it also uses fluorescent lighting, motion sensor lighting and energy management systems.
Recognized not just for its eco-friendly efforts, AT&T Park has also been noted by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year. With a number of San Francisco event venues, the park invites planners to host cocktail receptions in the dugout or business lunches in the Clubhouse. Catering services—from appetizers to boxed lunches to seated dinners—are provided by Bon Appetit.
Don't forget: you can read all about San Francisco's meeting venues for planners at the Cvent Destination Guide.