|Magnificent Mile Tulips|
For her fourth consecutive stay, Holly received VIP treatment at The Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel. Located on the Chicago Loop, the hotel is easy access to the lake, excellent dining and the theatre district. Each day Ei tweeted on the hotel's strong sustainability commitment - yes, the hotel's restaurant South Water Kitchen collects their food waste for composting!
A tradition, NRA senior editor, sustainability Elissa Elan and Holly enjoy dinner together upon arrival. It is a perfect time for good friends to catch-up and strategize on how to maximize "show time." Another dining tradition is with the CleanRiver Recycling Solutions folks after their show booth is set-up.
|Green Practices to Achieve|
Millennial Loyalty Panel
In addition to dining out more often than prior generations, the Millennial sector EXPECTS sustainable practices. An excellent speaker, Dr. Christian Hardigree, Director, Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University (KSU), gave a hilarious, effective presentation on the panel.
After the panel, the room seemed like an Atlanta reunion: Frank Bragg (Radial Cafe), Tim Trefzer (Georgia World Congress Center Authority), Doug Kunnemann (NatureWorks | Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI co-chair), Carolyn O'Neal (BestFoodFacts.org) and Courtney Lancaster (KSU) attended the powerful session. In addition, Ei Partners Anselm Doering of EcoLogic Solutions (ELS) and Bruce Buchan of CleanRiver were in the session audience.
|Tim's slide on SFCI|
projects @ GA Dome
For Ei, the CleanRiver booth served as central ground for connecting with Show attendees. In fact, Ei Supporter EcoSafe Zero Waste's stop by the CleanRiver booth segued into a spontaneous encounter with Holly over much appreciated beers!
The ELS booth was amazing with a "living wall" showcasing their ECA (Electro-Chemical Activation) technology. Immediately prior to the Show, ELS received the Green Seal certification for their cleaning solutions - a big congratulations to ELS founder Anselm Doering and his team!
|The ELS system tour|
At meetings during the Show, EcoProducts accepted the invitation to join the Ei Partner Program and will join the June 9 & 10 Atlanta Ei Partner Tours. With post-consumer food waste collection a goal for the 2014 Atlanta Falcons season at the GA Dome, a strong compostable packaging partner is integral to success.
|Tom Lembo & Bruce Buchan|
@ CleanRiver booth
The Ei FB album, 2014 NRA Show, is a pictorial recap of the NRA Show from Ei's perspective.
As in prior years, the 2014 NRA Show was a powerful industry gathering where business intertwined within dining, events and other social interactions, educational seminars, walking the exhibit hall and spontaneous encounters. Tangible and intangible benefits are abundant for those open to experience the magic of the prominent show that attracts 60,000 plus attendees.