There are few positive stories stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic in the meetings industry today, save for the inspiring way the industry has banded together to postpone bookings for the future - when the time is right. But one thing that has gotten recent media attention is the positive impact sheltering in place has had on the environment, giving us all a glimmer of hope for what lies ahead.

From reduced air pollution to clean water channels and more seen around the world, we are seeing daily changes that prove collectively our population CAN make positive impacts to the environment. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day upon us, there is no greater time than right now to take a moment to reflect on sustainable initiatives for the future.

Monterey County, CA has been at the forefront of sustainable meetings practices within its destination for years. Offering pristine coastlines, LEED® certified lodging properties and venues, sustainable seafood offerings, reduced plastic use and more, the destination is perfectly poised to host meetings and events looking to make a positive impact on the environment when the time is right. As meeting planners continue to plan for future events (with a renewed sense of responsibility and purpose) the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a Sustainable Meetings Guide as a tool and resource for planning your next green meeting.