Taking Vows to Save the Planet



events, sustainability, hospitality, climate change, wedding


The events industry has a large environmental impact and carbon footprint. All aspects of events and event planning have negative environmental consequences. From the single-use products used (decor, dinnerware, and others) to the transportation needed by vendors and guests, the events industry continues to contribute to climate change. However, events are not going to go away. People will always want to gather together and celebrate, but if events are not going to go away, there needs to be a way to make them more sustainable so that they can continue being part of life. I propose that in order to make events more environmentally friendly, people must find creative ways to eliminate single-use materials (decorating with secondhand materials, reusing one’s own decorations, incorporating vintage dishes and silverware), and to support environmental organizations when reducing the specific event’s carbon footprint is not feasible.


Author Biographies

  • Grace Visser, University of Delaware

    Hospitality Business Management Major

    Honors student and athlete

    Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics

    University of Delaware


  • Sheryl Kline, University of Delaware

    Dr. Sheryl F. Kline is the deputy dean of Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Aramark Chaired Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management at the University of Delaware. Before joining UD, she served as interim dean and associate dean in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Kline developed her research interests while at Purdue University where she held the position of C. B. Smith Professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and was the director for the Center for the Study of Lodging Operations. Her research focuses on organizational behavior and training in the hospitality, meeting and event industry.

    Dr. Kline is ranked in the top 25 most productive scholars in the field of hospitality management She began her academic career at Widener University’s School of Hospitality Management. Before joining academia, she had a successful career as a manager in the casino, hotel and resort industry and has over a decade of hospitality industry experience. She has a B.A. in Economics and English from Rutgers University, MS in Hotel Administration from UNLV and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Temple University

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