Green Venue Survey 2017 Open Now!
Participate now through April 30th

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The Green Venue Report is an industry-wide initiative to provide benchmarking data, catalyze best practice, and stimulate competition around global convention & exhibition center sustainability. The report aims to give insight and content to best practices, with real data showing trends across the facets of event and venue sustainability.  We encourage all venues to participate in the survey regardless of where they may be on their “sustainability journey.”

Learn more below about the survey process, the reports, and how to participate.

Participate in the Green Venue Report 2017 Now:

Why you should participate:

  • Get a free compare report!  Find out where your venue is aligned with best practices, and where it is behind among your peers.
  • Measure the quality of your organizations’ policies, program, products, and strategies.
  • Join the free webinar for best practice sharing and discussion.
  • Use information to improve and ultimately outperform your competitors.
  • Get your achievements recognized through venue highlights section.

Benefits to Venues

The Green Venue Report provides convention and exhibition centers across the world with insight and content of best practices and data trends. Wherever you are on your “sustainability journey,” GVR can help your venue determine areas of improvement, analyze attributes and data trends, and achieve better performance.

Participating year after year makes the greatest impact for your venue, as you can not only track your performance, but also invest in the most effective best practices, innovations, tools, and technology for improving sustainability.

Benefits to Event Organizers

The Green Venue Report provides event organizers with resources on how to best set up a sustainable event program for their event, including ideas on innovations seen throughout the industry. The 2017 report will also include questions that event organizers should ask venues based on global sustainability trends.

Become a Sponsor

As a sponsor, your company or brand will be promoted through our global reach to the MICE industry and venues.

Every year, we have had over 50% growth in participation. We are well over 50% growth for 2017 already.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at

Become an Industry Supporter

Management companies that join the project as industry supporters will receive a “company-level” compare report specifically for their properties under management.

Get your properties on board to learn best practices and innovative efforts by venue, improve over time and ultimately outperform your competitors.

For more information on industry supporter opportunities, please contact us at


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Sustainability Beginner

For the “sustainability beginner” who is just starting their journey, GVR participation provides your venue with the opportunity and insight to determine the most impactful areas for improving sustainability. Compare your venue’s attributes and data against global participants and gain an understanding of your venue’s potential from the start.

Sustainability Proficient

For the “sustainability proficient,” GVR guides venues to examine and advance their current policies, programs, products, and strategies. The Individual Venue Benchmarking Report provides your venue with the opportunity to see how other venues are advancing, and where you should make your sustainability investment.


Sustainability Leader

As the world surrounding sustainability continues to evolve, your venue can continue to improve its performance by gaining awareness of policies, program, products, and strategies on a global scale. For the “sustainability leader,” participating in GVR gives them the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve, and continue to make great strides in the industry.

Participate in the Green Venue Report 2017 Now:

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The Details

The Survey

To provide a significant, data-driven report, we first conduct an industry-wide survey of convention and exhibition centers around the world. The comprehensive survey seeks to aggregate information and data related to venue infrastructure, practices, programs, and initiatives.

The survey is comprised of roughly 140 questions as well as energy, water, waste data template that are vetted each year by an Advisory Board of Industry Sustainability Professionals. The survey is launched in March every year and closes by April 30.

All data is collected through the Greenview Portal and kept privately and securely. Data is stored year after year, making it easy for centers to update their answers. The data is never shared with other venues or sponsors. All data is reported anonymously in the final report.

The Individual Venue Benchmarking Report

Each participating venue receives an individual benchmark report. Benchmarking enables you to:

  • Measure the quality of your organizations’ policies, program, products, and strategies and compare results of other industry peers.
  • Determine areas of improvement, analyze, and understand how other organizations are able to achieve better performance.
  • Use information to improve and ultimately outperform your competitors.

The Public Benchmarking Report

Through research and advisory work across the world, we find that every venue has incorporated some aspect of being green, and every venue has an opportunity to improve. The Green Venue Report objectively addresses venue impacts and challenges while also providing sustainability solutions. Additionally, the report increases awareness of best practices, innovations, tools, and technology for improving venue operations and sustainability.

2017 Timeline

March 15, 2017: Survey Launch

April 30, 2017: Survey Closed

July 2017: Report Released

The first annual Green Venue Report was released in 2014.

The Survey Model

Survey questions are designed to identify 1) uptake of best practices and 2) new innovative practices that are emerging. We open the survey each year for a 45 day period. Participants fill out the survey via the online Greenview Portal platform. There is no cost for venues to participate (we fund the project with sponsorship). Results are analyzed, and each participant receives a confidential comparative benchmarking report, indicating their answer in comparison to the uptake of each practice within the segment. Venue management companies can receive an aggregate portfolio of reports for their properties under ownership or management. We publish a free, publicly available trends report highlighting uptake, and examples of innovation found (this report does not mention any performance of specific properties or brands). Then we use the results to design the next year’s survey, repeating the process. Survey participants’ answers are kept on file confidentially through the Greenview Portal, making it easier to update and participate in subsequent surveys.


Advisory Board

Beginning in 2017, The Green Venue Survey and Report commenced an Advisory Board of Industry Sustainability Professionals to help strengthen the content of this project.


Christian Druart, Secretary of the Sustainable Development Committee, UFI

Kathleen Hennesey, Sustainability Analyst, Moscone Center

Kate Hurst, VP of Community Advancement, Conference and Events, USGBC

Janet Mitrocsak, Regional Director of Operations, SMG, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Tim Trefzer, Sustainability Manager, GWCCA

Ben Wielgus, Head of Sustainability, Informa

Dianne Young, CEO, Enercare Centre

Nancy Zavada, Founder CEO, MeetGreen


What is the process for signing up and taking the survey?

Each participant must be linked to a specific property. To sign up, participants must either register their property to the Greenview portal, or locate it if already registered (there are no fees for registration). Greenview verifies the venue and user and sends login details. Once received, participants log into the Greenview Portal and click on the Green Surveys in the dashboard homepage.

Is there a fee to participate?

No, there is no fee to participate.

Who sees the results?

The results and data are reported anonymously. Individual center highlights of innovation are mentioned in order to produce the public trends report. Sponsors do not receive the results. Management companies that join the project as industry supporters may receive results specifically for their properties under ownership or management.

When will the reports be released?

We anticipate releasing the results in July 2017.

I’d like to participate next year, how do I get involved now?

You can find out more by signing up for our newsletters at the right and we will keep you posted on this year’s results and next year’s launch.

What type of information does the survey cover?

Though called the “green” venue survey and report, several aspects of sustainability are covered, including efficient building design and operations as well as community efforts and charitable giving. Topics such as energy, water, waste, carbon emissions, green meetings programs, employee engagement, and much more are covered.


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