Meeting/Event Information

May 2019 Meeting

May 14, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Mirabeau Park Hotel
1100 N Sullivan Rd,
Spokane Valley, WA 99037

Globally, companies have shifted their supply chain sourcing to better reflect the values of stakeholders that expect sustainable and responsible practices. Strategic sustainable procurement is permeating every aspect of operations, including travel and events. In short, sustainability is no longer an add-on; it is an imperative. Many buyers are missing opportunities to incorporate sustainability, often because they lack understanding of how to build the business case, what questions to ask, and how to evaluate and compare options. Suppliers have sustainable features and are ready to offer them but are not sure which ones to prioritize and promote to stand out. Learn how the sourcing process can elevate the role of travel and meetings in corporate sustainability programs and how GBTA supports you with tools and resources. 

Speaker bio:

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton designs, implements, and scales sustainability programs in hospitality, events, and travel. She founded Astrapto LLC to provide practical, business-oriented solutions to social and environmental issues in these industries. As a project leader for World Wildlife Fund’s Hotel-Kitchen program expansion, Aurora brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to explore and activate food waste reduction initiatives. She has helped multiple venues and catering partners transform their culture and processes for food and materials waste reduction. Aurora also teaches both university students and industry professionals how to launch green teams and manage sustainability initiatives.

Aurora has written for Sustainable Brands, Hotel News Now, Travindy, Green Lodging News, and the Hotel Yearbook. She regularly speaks at industry conferences and on webinars and podcasts. She is a thought leader and volunteer in several industry organizations, including the Events Industry Council, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Global Business Travel Association, and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.

Aurora has a doctorate degree in Social Impact Management, is a certified Sustainability Associate with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, has a Sustainable Event Planning Certificate, and is a certified Project Management Professional.


Chicken Marsala
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables
Assorted Breads & Butter
Cookies and Brownies
Ice Tea & Lemonade


$35.00 INBTA Member

$45.00 Non-Member