• Cobo’s Green Program Focuses on Stewardship

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    Lofty Goals in Sustainability

Honey beehives and a rooftop herb garden sound like fun projects, but they’re also part of the Cobo Center’s sustainability program in Detroit, according to its Green Committee initiatives and 2017 annual report.

The 10,000-square-foot green roof herb garden and the honeybees work together. The honeybees pollinate the plants, and the herbs and honey are used in Cobo’s kitchens to highlight locally grown ingredients used in the center’s various menus.

They’re just two small parts of Cobo Center’s more ambitious plan to recognize the importance of both sustainable venue operations and corporate social responsibilities, says Claude Molinari, general manager of Cobo Center. 

“2017 was a pivotal year for our sustainability program,” he explains. “We were recertified by the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), hosted Sustainable Brands 2017, and made significant strides in our efforts on environmental and social stewardship of the metro Detroit community.”

To help promote Cobo’s practices, the center launched a new marketing campaign last year for sustainability called Sustainability Lives Here. Messages about the center’s sustainable efforts are broadcast through its digital signage, social media platforms, digital marketing, and on banners and posters in the facility.

Cobo Cares, another ongoing program, is designed to host community improvement events with Cobo volunteers, and after-work health and wellness events, some free, for staff and visitors.

More information on the annual report and Cobo Center green initiatives can be found at cobocenter.com/green.

Planners can email questions about Cobo Center green events to green@ cobocenter.com. The center’s website and its app also can help planners find sustainable transportation options and walkable local Detroit attractions. 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

I chatted with Karen Totaro, general manager of Detroit’s newly renamed Huntington Place convention center, for our People Profile page in the spring issue of Michigan Meetings + Events. We didn’t have room for the whole conversation, so I wanted to share more of what Totaro had to say.