We take environmental sustainability seriously at Opal Event Center. Using consistent top-tier sanitation, we are able to produce very little waste with reusable towels, glasses, silverware, plates, etc. There are 32 photovoltaic solar panels installed to the roof that supply us with consistent clean energy. We save water by using waterless urinals. As event planning gets underway, we are implementing new policies to increase safety while staying in line with our sustainability promise to the community.
We have partnered with our preferred caterer in order to properly compost waste from events. This compost will include our new biodegradable plates, containers, napkins, and more. Taking this small step not only contributes to safer food practices by reducing reusable options for the present time but this also reduces the total quantity of waste from events. As usual, we continue to recycle all other items when possible.
We have ordered sustainably made hand sanitizer from Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company. This not only supports another local business - it ensures our workers and customers have access to sanitizer options in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. See this article from Climate Online Redwood City to learn more about this mission.
During this time, it is important for us to support local businesses, not only on a personal level, but on a corporate level as well. Many of us have been ordering curbside pickup or delivery from local restaurants. We have seen this happening in viral numbers. At a corporate level, we have also shifted the way we source new materials. By ordering from local companies, we mitigate large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention the companies we are ordering from are also creating products in a sustainable way themselves.
We will continue to implement environmentally conscious protocols during these upcoming months as we adapt to the new normal. The past couple months have been challenging, but we will persevere. Jean and I are looking forward to hosting you again and can’t wait to plan more incredible events soon. See you at Opal!
Kate and Jean Marie
Family Feud and Jeopardy are fun games for groups of any size. Opal can provide PowerPoint templates to the event organizer. During the event, the game will be displayed on Opal's 98" TV.
To organize this game, come up with 6 different categories. Topics can be anything, just try and have between 4-8 answers for each topic. Some examples for a birthday party. Fill in the guest of honor's name in the blanks:
TO PLAY: The organizer needs to delegate someone to moderate and control PowerPoint. To start the game flip a coin. Whichever team wins the coin toss can choose to play or pass. Starting with the team that won the toss up, have each player give an answer to the category. They cannot have any help from their other team mates. If they answer correctly turn over that answer, if it is wrong the team receives a strike. Now it’s the next players turn. For large groups, it also works well to have people just shout out the answer.
We loved this article about tips for a fun and effective offsite meeting. It was published by a company called Slido who offers an app that makes surveys for company events.
Break the ice at the meeting by playing the game "two truths and one lie." They suggest using this game as a way to introduce new employees. We think it would be fun to do this for each participant. Perhaps award a prize to the participant who has others selecting the most incorrect responses about themselves, to encourage creativity and healthy competition.
Opal makes an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on this planet. Steps have been taken in water conservation, solar power, and waste reduction.