The programme, which will be introduced globally in 2011, focuses on:
- Paperless meeting planning
- Sustainable meeting services
- Sustainable food and beverage practices
- Environmental assessment tools
- Socially conscious activities
Starwood's Sustainable Meeting Practices programme includes sustainable menu choices, along with bottled water alternatives and energy-efficient digital signage.
Starwood vice-president for global citizenship Sandy Swider said: "Rolling out Starwood's Sustainable Meeting Practices programme in North America formalises environmental practices that our hotels have been implementing and we are excited about encouraging."
Starwood vice-president of catering and convention services David Dvorak said: "This was a year-long process to determine how to meaningfully incorporate sustainability into our meeting practices, while maintaining a superior guest experience and keeping costs low for hotels, meeting planners and clients."