The Green Meeting Industry Council has confirmed Laura Turner Seydel to be opening keynote speaker for their annual Sustainable Meetings Conference, which will be June 17 – 19, 2015 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Seydel is an international environmental advocate and an eco-living expert who is dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. In addition to serving as the chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide, she is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, Seydel co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the Chair of the Board. Seydel is the daughter of Ted Turner, and serves on her family’s foundation boards including The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on additional national boards including League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Carter Center Board of Councilors, as well as serving on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
“Large-scale meetings, conferences, and events are critical tools to inform, inspire, cultivate solutions and spur innovation in just about every industry,” says Seydel. “Despite the benefits, however, they are often accompanied by a hefty environmental footprint. Today we are seeing convention centers, professional sports arenas, hotels, restaurants, caterers and other meeting related suppliers taking into consideration emissions, water and energy consumption, and waste reduction during the planning process. I am looking forward to speaking at the conference and sharing stories about the positive environmental, financial, and social impacts we can make through sustainable meeting planning. The key to empowerment is education.”
Sharon Shuford, CAE, CTC, CITE, LEED GA, chair of the content committee for this year’s Sustainable Meetings Conference, adds, “Laura Turner Seydel is truly a leader in sustainable best practices and advocacy, not only in Atlanta, but globally. This is a huge opportunity to bring her message to conference attendees from around the world, to invoke inspiration and carry the conference’s message of empowering sustainability leaders and strengthening their position at the forefront of the hospitality industry.”