As we designed the inaugural Grounded Summit, it was our top priority to reduce our environmental impact and support on-going natural regeneration throughout the event. On this foundation, we convened thought leaders, scientists, artists, and innovators from diverse backgrounds to share their work and unique insights and to collaborate with the shared goal of proactively and swiftly shifting the planet’s trajectory.
We were conscious of our environmental impact in a variety of ways:
- Bank of America made a donation to Cool Effect to offset the event’s carbon footprint
- Søren Westh and his 506 team created meals from locally foraged ingredients and focused on showing ways we can more thoughtfully create and consume food
- Rana Creek’s beautiful green installations were comprised of 1500 trees and plants that we are now donating to forever homes
- CamelBak donated reusable water bottles so there was no need for single-use plastic
- All event materials, like name tags (printed on plantable seed paper) and programs, were made from recycled sources and were purposed for further recycling, reuse, or regeneration
It was of critical importance for us to bring as much good from the summit as possible, not just through the brilliant speakers, but through the execution of the physical event itself. That’s why we are especially thankful and honored to be chosen by the Green Meeting Industry Council, Northern California Chapter as their Sustainable Event of the Year for 2019. It means so much to receive this recognition. We look forward to growing Grounded Summit for years to come, never losing the focus of creating an event that honors our planet while connecting our community and regenerating our Earth.