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OBTA Presents: April 2019 Connect - Sustainability in Business Travel

April 18, 2019
5:00 PM PDT - 7:00 PM PDT
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522 SouthWest 5th Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204

Join us in April for our bi-monthly “Connect” where we come together for networking and a brief learning on a community related topic.

With Earth Day just around the corner, Manly Norris of the GBTA Sustainability Committee will be providing a brief presentation on the GBTA Sustainability Toolkit.

This toolkit is designed to answer key questions about responsible travel management, and provide a guide for structured assessment of options and tools for successful implementation and integration in key areas, such as:

  • Measuring the environmental impact of business travel
  • Integrating environmental sustainability into policy
  • Managing demand and positively influencing traveler behavior
  • Applying sustainable procurement principles in sourcing air, hotel, ground transportation and other corporate travel services
  • Strategically managing sustainable groups and meetings
  • Using technology to assist in integrating sustainability into managed travel
  • Balancing the role of the corporate travel program with the corporate CSR program
  • Learning best practices from other companies
  • Taking practical steps to get started


Our Speaker

Manly Norris is an Account Executive with the Airbnb for Work team. As a member of the GBTA Sustainability Committee he helps member organizations create sustainable travel programs and reduce their environmental impact. He studied sustainability and planning at University of Oregon and loves tennis, hiking, and wildlife photography.

The GBTA Sustainability + Responsibility Committee engages and educates the Business Travel Community to find the balance among people, planet and profit.

They are committed to addressing human rights risks in the business travel supply chain; reducing the environmental footprint of the business travel industry; and helping the business travel industry in times of need.

We hope to see you there!


Thank you to our Venue Sponsor, Cirium.

Cirium enables their customers to fund fleets, build and maintain aircraft, transport passengers and improve traveler experience using the latest technologies, from big data analytics to machine learning capabilities.

We've moved!  

2019 OBTA meetings now take place every 3rd Thursday of the month.


Future OBTA Meetings:

May 16 - Education - Breaking Down Barriers: An Honest Conversation between Buyers & Suppliers

June 20 - Connect - Summer Social at Riverplace

July 18 - Education - Member Magazine - spotlight on our Member’s Expertise in Travel

August 3-7 - GBTA Convention - Chicago - Early Bird Registration is OPEN

September 25 – OBTA Education Day – Building Bridges at Hilton Portland

Don't forget to bring your donation for our 2019 Charity, Bloomin’ Boutique! This month's item is underwear (for a full list of needs, please click through the hyperlink above).


$15.00 Connect Fee

$15.00 Connect Fee (Guest)