Green Globe today announced recertification of the Music and Congress Centre Lübeck (MuK), Germany.
Located at the river Trave, close to Lübeck’s historical city center, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this world-famous concert and conference hall hosts conventions and conferences with its unique character while actively practicing economical, ecological, and social sustainability.
Ilona Jarabek, Managing Director of the Music and Congress Centre Lübeck, said: “Our mission statement is simple, but creates a huge challenge at the same time. The main objective in our operations is to consider the economical, ecological, and social issues of sustainability – for the welfare of the human race as well as protection of the environment.”
“This is not just a statement,” added Ms. Jarabek, “We act – or at least try to act – accordingly, under all circumstances and in all possible ways. Green Globe Certification provides the perfect tool – its Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism – to help establish and implement a complex Sustainability Management System.”
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “The completion of an independent audit found that the Music and Congress Centre Lübeck achieved incredible 92 percent compliance against our standard. This year, we saw an improvement in MuK’s communication of sustainability goals and achievements with guests and delegates, as well as employees and facility owners. Thus, we are very excited to award MuK with Green Globe Certification for the second year in a row.”
Ms. Jarabek added: “I understand that actions start in our minds and those of our employees. It is not just fulfilling the required Green Globe criteria – it is the way we think. The certification process was a great development for MuK, and it consisted of many very small steps.
“The efforts of the conference and event industry will hopefully position Germany as one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly travel destinations.”
Besides drastically reducing CO2 emission, MuK’s own sustainability efforts ensured a cost reduction of more than 200,000 euro.
MuK’s sustainability management includes responsible use of natural resources, preserving and enhancing local cultural and historical assets, practicing corporate social responsibility, and sustaining the environment. When organizing and managing events and conferences, MuK considers purchasing policies, waste management, catering, communication, social aspects, mobility, location, and responsible use of water and energy.
ABOUT MUSIC AND CONGRESS CENTRE LUBECK (MUK)
Events – major, minor, long, or short – require space. Due to its flexibility, MuK provides tailored location solutions for all types of events. For conferences, conventions, or cultural events, MuK provides 1,500 m² meeting space in the foyer or the concert hall, which can accommodate 2,000 people. In addition, MuK can provide 10 seminar and conference rooms or the orchestra hall, a space of 200m². There is a spectacular view of Lübeck’s old part of town from almost all rooms.
The heart of MuK is its concert hall, which is highly renowned for its excellent acoustics by artists from around the world. The hall also provides excellent conditions for congresses.
Ten conference and seminar rooms ranging between 30 and 73 m², some of which can be combined to form larger units, provide space for seminars and conferences with a smaller number of participants, for workshops accompanying conventions or for press conferences.
Marzipan confection and the brothers Heinrich and Thomas Mann are Lübeck originals and known around the globe. Lübeck – once a European metropolis – today is a city of culture with its majestic churches in the city center, the Buddenbrook House, the Günter Grass House, the renowned theatre, its musical college with its international reputation, and last, but not least, the Music and Congress Centre, which is the major venue for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
In addition, Lübeck is the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League from 1230 to 1535.
It is a city of trade and business; the ports in Lübeck and Lübeck-Travemünde function as an important link between Hamburg and the whole Baltic Sea region.
More than 750 years ago, the building of St. Mary’s Church set new standards of red-brick gothic architecture; today Lübeck, with its medical research institutes, food industries, and the Congress Centre, is a city of the 21st century.
Contact: Lübecker Musik- und Kongreßhallen GmbH, Willy-Brandt-Allee 10, D-23554 Lübeck, Germany, Phone: +49 (0)451 – 7904 – 0, Fax: +49 (0)451 – 7904 – 100, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet: www.muk.de
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com.