Sustainability & Green Meetings

Hosting a meeting or convention with the smallest possible footprint takes lots of careful planning and it starts with selecting the right destination. Fortunately, if you're looking to add a bit of green to your convention New Orleans is just the place.

The city's compact downtown area is very walkable and minimizes the need for transportation. At the Morial Convention Center, new green practices are helping save water, conserve energy and reduce waste. Hundreds of recycling bins around the center are helping groups put their old papers to better use.

Hotard, one of New Orleans' leading motor coach companies recently switched to a greener fleet that reduces black smoke by 90 percent. Additionally, Airport Shuttle New Orleans has 13 new clean burning hybrid vehicles which cut down on CO2 emissions and conserve fuel.

Many of New Orleans' hotels are also starting to implement green initiatives by encouraging water and energy conservation.  When conventioneers book several thousand rooms, those environmental savings can make a big difference.

New green initiatives are happening all around the city. Second Line Stages, the first independent green stage company in the United States, recently opened in the Garden District. Kern Studios float builders now use biodiesel tractors to pull floats during Mardi Gras.  New Orleans even has an all green sustainable music festival held annually in September. A number of rebuilding initiatives are bringing cutting-edge green homebuilding technology to New Orleans.

Check out our green guide and learn why New Orleans is a great destination to hold a meeting with minimal environmental impact: