Crowe holds our first "green meeting."

Campus hires and interns go green at this onboarding meeting.

Crowe Recruiting
| 2/5/2019
Green Meeting

In January, we took another step toward demonstrating Crowe’s commitment to social responsibility by piloting our first “green meeting” during a campus hire and intern onboarding meeting. A green meeting is one designed, organized and implemented in a way that minimizes negative environmental impacts and leaves a positive impact for the host community. More than 160 individuals participated in the onboarding meeting, which was held over five days at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. The hotel and meeting site is LEED certified and already practices several green-friendly practices, such as:

  • Solar power for a large portion of its electricity needs
  • A hotel-wide conservation program (changing bed linens and towels every three days unless a guest requests for it to be done daily)
  • Recycle bins in all hotel rooms and meeting spaces
  • A food compost program
  • A green/living roof (a roof that is covered in vegetation, which helps conserve energy, curb water runoff and improve air quality)

Beside the hotel’s existing practices, we took additional steps to promote sustainability, including:

  • Using pitchers of water and glasses instead of water bottles, plus encouraging participants to use their own personal re-usable water bottles
  • Encouraging attendees to share rides to the event by providing names and contact information to attendees to help them plan their travel
  • Recycling name badges and lanyards

 

While all of these efforts helped reduce the environmental impact of the meeting, some negative environmental impacts were unavoidable due to air and land travel, lodging and the use of the meeting space. To balance these impacts, Crowe agreed to purchase renewable energy certificates, carbon offsets and water restoration certificates to cover the estimated impact. Our purchased certificates for the meeting will offset the 12,606 kilowatts of electricity, 93,814 pounds of CO2 emissions and 55,996 gallons of water used.