042: Eco-friendly and Sustainable Event Planning with Chance Thompson

Chance Thompson is a Senior Manager of Sustainability and PR for SMG, one of the world’s largest event management companies. He brings sustainable event planning to the Salt Palace Convention Center and Mountain America Expo Center in Salt Lake, Utah. In this episode, Chance tells us about the most rewarding and challenging parts of his job and shares helpful tips for us to bring large-scale sustainability solutions to our own events.

Salt Palace and Chance Online:

Salt Palace Website

Chance Thompson on Linkedin

Email Chance

Book Suggestions & Resources From Chance:


Meet Green – a sustainable events management company

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

SMG SALT LAKE GREEN TEAM MATERIAL (includes information for all of the Green Team Members as well)
UTAH RECYCLING ALLIANCE (URA) – (great model for community recycling resource, education and impact)
SALT LAKE GOVERNMENT (in addition to Salt Lake County mention above)
  • Salt Lake City (Sustainability Department): Salt Palace is trying to do our part in helping Salt Lake reach carbon goals. They are one of the city government/legislations committing to the Paris Accord and diving into zero carbon and waste commitments.