January 14, 2022
January 14, 2021
Your wedding venue is where it all begins! Without a venue, there can’t be a wedding, which is why it is typically the first vendor that gets secured, other than a planner. Whether it’s big or small, there are many ways that your venue may be making a difference in the environment. There are always endless opportunities to be more sustainable, so don’t hesitate to ask your venue how they are trying to make an impact.
Chicago offers a few venues that are known for their green practices:
Studio Gang Tree
Loft on Lake
Questions to ask your venue:
“Beautiful and sustainable, Greenhouse Loft is located in the Green Exchange, a Platinum LEED-certified building. We are dedicated to ensuring that your wedding is as low waste and green as possible.”
They minimize transportation fuel emissions by having their caterers use as much locally sourced food as possible as well as organic food, which reduces not only the farmer and consumer’s exposure to pesticides, but also reduces the environmental farming impact as a whole. They reduce waste by serving items in bulk when possible (ie. condiment dispensers instead of individual sized containers, filtered water cooler stations instead of plastic bottles, etc.). They use non-plastic, eco-friendly utensils, and utilize non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. The energy efficient windows help regulate temperatures, and a high efficiency heating and cooling system reduces energy by 22%.
The building itself has been restored and re-purposed to be what it is today! It used to be a manufacturing facility. Even the hardwood floors are reclaimed 120 year old wood. They also have a collection of restored mid-century modern furniture.
They reduce up to 90% of event-generated waste by using on-site compost and recycling systems, which would otherwise be landfilled.
How does Loft on Lake stay sustainable?
“We are the host of the Great Wedding Recyclery in the springtime, hosted by the Green Wedding Alliance. This event is a large garage sale, of sorts, full of wedding related items for couples to browse through. We accept donations from our couples to donate to the GWA whenever possible.”
Their green practices include:
“Celebrating the Past Through Re-purposing”
The story of the Joinery begins with its largest sustainable effort which was to save a classic Chicago building planned for demolition. This not only reduced massive amounts of initial energy and CO2 emissions from demo and new construction but also kept large amounts of construction waste out of landfills. At The Joinery, we pride ourselves on finding new life for salvaged historical artifacts, from the existing shell of the building to the re-use of heavy timber lumber, our barn wood tables, and various hand-made details throughout the space.
Additional Green characteristics include:
If you have other suggestions as to how venues can be more green, let us know in the comments! We are happy to add more content to help our readers think of sustainable ideas.