The Green Meetings Act was inserted into the House of Representatives' energy bill last summer but was dropped from the energy legislation passed by the House December 6.

Rachel Magnuson, communications director for the act's primary sponsor, Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., said this: “It is important for individuals, businesses, and the federal government to all do their part to conserve our planet's resources, and Congresswoman Schwartz intends to keep pursuing various options to get the Green Meetings Act passed.”

For more on the Environmental Protection Agency's green meetings initiatives, upon which the Green Meetings Act was based, go to www.epa.gov/oppt/greenmeetings. The site includes ways for planners, suppliers, and attendees to green their meetings.

For more articles on holding green meetings, visit our green meetings page.