If you’re trying to go green and reduce your company’s environmental impact, it’s time to consider virtual events.
Virtual events save money and time while making attendance more accessible for more people. And for health and safety reasons, it’s best to avoid large scale in-person events for the foreseeable future. So whether you’re trying to cut costs, save the planet, or keep your staff and attendees healthy, a virtual event is the way to go.
Here are 3 eco-friendly reasons to consider hosting a virtual event.
Eliminate The Need For Travel
Whether you're hosting a major event with attendees coming from all around the nation or a local event 30 minutes down the road, a physical event requires travel–often by plane or car.
The largest source of greenhouse gases in the US is transportation.
Travel by cars, trains, planes, and buses makes up 29% of our carbon emissions in this country. Whether your event has 100 attendees or 1,000, each guest will likely increase their carbon footprint simply by traveling to and from your event.
Hosting a virtual event eliminates the need for travel. You can open your attendance up to guests from all around the world while reducing your company’s carbon footprint. It also eliminated prohibitive travel costs, so more people can attend. It’s a win-win!
Simply put, physical events create a massive amount of waste.
When advertising your event, you probably print a lot of marketing materials, like banners to posters. You might need signs to direct guests, nametags, menus, and printed handouts. Not to mention the waste that’s created by food and beverage services, from cups and plates to straws and napkins.
But when your event is over, everything gets disposed of. On average, trade shows produce 600,000 tons of waste every year. Reducing this waste would cut-down on how much trash is placed in landfills that are bad for the environment.
On the other hand, a virtual event generates almost no waste. You may need some physical advertising, but everything else would be digital. After the event, there is no waste to dispose of.
Power plants cause an enormous amount of pollution, so saving energy is key to helping the environment. But when you rent a venue, even just for the night, a huge amount of energy is used. From lighting to audio/visual needs, events need a great deal of power simply to function.
But virtual events cut down on this immensely. The energy needed to power someone’s laptop or smartphone in order to access the virtual event is negligible compared to the amount of energy it would take to run an in-person event.
Hosting A Virtual EventSeveral different types of events can benefit from being held virtually, but even having a virtual option for an in-person event is easy and beneficial. Whether you want a partially- or fully-virtual event, you can boost attendance and accessibility while reducing your carbon footprint.
Luckily, today’s technology helps virtual events feel just as exciting and social as in-person events. If you need help creating a high-quality immersive digital event, contact Virtual Creative Studio today. We partner with your team to make your virtual event exciting and engaging while reducing your carbon footprint. Call or email us today to learn more about how we can help you!
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