Everyone wants to be “green.” It makes business sense, plus it’s the right thing to do. That’s why we offer many sustainable options for meeting in Orlando — venues, accommodations, dining and entertainment. And it’s also why our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are among the most innovative and engaging. Eco-Friendly Hotels During The Peabody Orlando’s recent two-year, $450 million expansion, a number of green initiatives were implemented. Eco-friendly practices at the property include the installation of a building-wide energy management system, low-flow water fixtures and toilets, and energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs. And the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has developed a “Meet and Be Green Commitment” for planners, which pairs sustainable meetings with financial incentives. Solar-Powered Meetings The Orange County Convention Center was recently selected by Business Review USA as the best of its class in the country. The publication ranked the top 10 U.S. convention centers, and Orlando came out on top. Yet one of its greatest achievements is how it recycles one of our most prized assets — the sun. The center recently developed a one-megawatt rooftop photovoltaic system that generates power by collecting solar energy. All told, the system provides 12 percent of the venue’s annual electrical needs. Greening the Destination As the top U.S. destination for visitation, it’s only right that Orlando lead the way in an ever-greener economy. Through collaboration with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, area hotels and attractions, Visit Orlando has been integral in establishing Green Destination Orlando. The pilot program will set sustainability standards for destinations throughout the world, guiding them down the path towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. Giving Back in Orlando CSR events and activities have become a popular endeavor for attendees at Orlando meetings, tradeshows and conventions. Whether your organization chooses donation drives, team-building exercises or volunteer projects, Visit Orlando can help facilitate your needs. We can provide turnkey programs or customized plans for your attendees that lead to increased meeting engagement. Give Kids the World, A Gift for Teaching and Clean the World are just some of the local nonprofit organizations that benefit. Go to OrlandoMeeting.com to discover all that’s new and inspired in Orlando.