Sustainable Meetings and Events

From electronic application forms to virtual conference apps – “green” meetings and events don’t only protect our environment, they’re also good for the image and leave a lasting impression on the participants.

Instead of causing huge piles of garbage and long traffic jams, events nowadays strive toward energy efficiency, avoiding waste and an environmentally friendly journey to and from the event. So-called “green meetings and events” are highly popular in the tourism sector, because sustainable events contribute to the protection of the environment, support regional supply chains, take social responsibility, and leave a good impression on the community, guests, customers and sponsors. Bern Welcome is committed to a sustainable tourism sector in Bern and its surroundings and actively promotes sustainable change.

Bern: the Ideal Location for Sustainable Events

If you are planning a “green meeting” or a “green event”, looking for a keynote speaker specialized in sustainability or want to organize a climate-friendly team event, Bern is the perfect place – here’s why.

  • Fact

    Did you know that, when it comes to sustainability, little Switzerland is often at the forefront? This is demonstrated, for example, by the international study “Environmental Performance Index” (EPI for short), which compares the environmental performance of countries and companies and creates a quantitative scorecard: Switzerland always ranks in the top 10.

Bern – Actively Sustainable

Regional resources, barely any waste, high efficiency. What sounds like a dream is clean reality in Bern. For years, the city has been committed to a sustainable use of energies and resources, which is why, in the year 2019, the city was awarded the label “European Energy Award Gold” for its commitment to a sustainable energy policy for the future. Furthermore, Bern has been carrying the title “Fair Trade Town” since 2017, and the city intends to continue playing a leading role as a growing, creative, green, open-minded and social city in Switzerland.

  • Fact

    Swiss Champion – in 2019, that title didn’t only go to Bern’s soccer and ice hockey team: the federal city can also call itself “Energiestadt-Meister”, Energy Champion. With 87.2 out of 100 possible points, Bern scored the highest ever rating for an Energy City in Switzerland. In the last eight years, the city was able to lower its emissions by about one tonne of CO2 to five tonnes per capita. And regarding heat supply, the emissions have been reduced by an impressive 28 % since 2008.

  • Projects and awareness raising measures

    The city of Bern is committed to sustainable development and is implementing various measures and projects to raise awareness:

    • Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft
      The “Climate Platform of the economy” is a cooperation between administrations and private companies with the goal of making a contribution toward the reduction of pollutive emissions.

    • Umweltpreis
      An “Environment Award” is awarded every two years as part of the environmental management and sustainable procurement activities of the city of Bern.

    • Berner Energiepreis
      The “Bern Energy Award” goes to companies that make an impact in energy efficiency and renewable energies.

    • Berner Sozialstern
      The “Social Star” is awarded to businesses that advocate and are committed to helping people with mental disabilities.

    • Velostadt Bern
      Through active advertising, Bern is promoting the use of bikes. Ideal for an attractive, lively “City of Bicycles”. The goal is to double the percentage of bikes in overall traffic until 2030.

    • Berner Umwelttag
      The “Environment Days” offer a platform for people who, with their campaigns and projects, contribute to a more sustainable future.

Sustainability at the University of Bern

“Sustainability is, on all levels, a trademark of the University of Bern. With its cutting-edge international research, the University of Bern wants to make a concrete contribution to the sustainable development of society”, said principal Christian Leumann in an interview with the scientific magazine UniPress on 21 February 2020.

The University of Bern is actively committed to sustainable development in research, teaching and business operations and promotes the respectful use of ecological, economic and social resources. Among other things, it conducts excellent disciplinary, inter- and trans-disciplinary research with an international focus on issues such as the climate, responding to global change (north-south relations), and the regulation of world trade.  Topics such as biodiversity and research on resources, particularly water and energy supplies, as well as gender studies are also focal points.

  • Fact

    International network: The specialized research centres at the University of Bern that focus on sustainability are well-connected nationally as well as internationally, and their research is held in high esteem internationally.

If you are looking for an interesting keynote speaker for your next congress or a guest speaker that will leave a great lasting impression, you should consider someone from the following research centres at the University of Bern:

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    If you are interested in a presentation, contact the corresponding centre directly.

Hotels and Venues

Green is not only the colour of the trees outside the window of the meeting room anymore. Bernese congress, seminar and event venues are proactively switching to a green, environmentally friendly and sustainable approach: from regional products to social responsibility to climate-friendly travelling. Here’s an overview of local service providers that are committed to protecting the environment:

Climate-friendly Complementary Activities and Team Events


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