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Cocktails with Connolly – Seattle: A Perfect Blend

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A proper Mojito starts with a bar spoon of sugar and 3 slices of lime in the bottom of a shaker. Top that with 14-16 fresh mint leaves, and muddle them gently into the padding to release the delicate oils. Be careful not to bruise the leaves or we will extract chlorophyll, and give us a bitter drink. Fill the glass with ice, 1.5 oz white rum, 1/2 cup club soda, and stir gently. Voila – this perfect blend of refreshment is for you. Now let’s settle, and I’ll share the story of our recent green event at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). Welcome to my twelfth blog about green events, cocktails and convention centers. This one takes us to Seattle, Washington.

Main Stage look and feel, created with rear-screen projection and gobo lighting

Speaking of perfect blends, there is almost nothing better than being on a team that plays together like a well-rehearsed orchestra. With the right team, it’s downright exciting when you tackle a live event as technically complex as a DrupalCon and it goes well. This open source community gathering of web developers has high social and environmental standards, as well as serious tech specs. Our event requires a robust WiFi network, an archive system capable of capturing 100’s of live sessions, and the typical full […]

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    Cocktails with Connolly – Detroit: Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Green

Cocktails with Connolly – Detroit: Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Green

What’s Going On? We have just helped produce Facing Race 2018, the largest national gathering of organizers, educators, creatives and other thought leaders in racial equity and justice, at Cobo Center, Detroit. In tribute to the music that Motor City is famous for, here is a playlist of what went right.

First, let’s Get Into the Groove, and head over to the velvety posh Candy Bar, in the Siren Hotel, in the gorgeously renovated Wurlitzer building. Now sit back and enjoy the most beautifully designed bar in Michigan, and I’ll order you a proper Daiquiri. Bartender Harry crafts his with Angostura Rum, Rhum JM from Martinique, fresh lime and simple syrup, served in a chilled crystal coupe glass. Divine!

This is my 5th Facing Race, but this one is different. With the perfect storm of expert content curation, marketing efforts, and an upwelling of activism since the 2016 election, our 2,100-person hotel-size conference caught a tsunami and delivered 3,700 people to Cobo Convention Center.

Mercy Mercy Me, when a conference scales like this, so does its environmental impact. Consider that our 3,700 attendees are here for 3.5 days. Our only hope for delivering a smooth and sustainable event was a venue that could support our growth and our green standards, and that’s just what Cobo Center did.

It’s a Shame. A shocking 77% of the 50 billion plastic bottles used by Americans each year don’t get recycled. They end up in landfill or contaminating our rivers and oceans. At Facing Race, we used Zero plastic water bottles! We kept attendees hydrated with 238 5-gallon reusable water jugs – the equivalent of 19,100 8 oz. plastic bottles. Although our motivations were social and environmental, we also saved close to $31,000, proving once again the business case for sustainability. A huge kudos to […]