ARVC’s OHCE To Feature New Green Initiatives

Bio-degradable Lanyards, Paperless Education, Digital Signage Highlight Eco-Friendly Event


The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) created the Plan-It Green Friendly Park Program to incentivize and reward parks that participate in eco-friendly and sustainable practices, offering recognition including two Plan-It Green Park of the Year awards each year. In an effort to continue these initiatives at an organizational level, ARVC is making this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) its most environmentally-friendly event yet. 

This year’s OHCE will feature eco-friendly badges and lanyards from KLEERTECH®, made from 100% bio-degradable materials, allowing them to be disposed of in any receptacle without fear of waste. 

Education sessions this year will be designed to be paperless, as each attendee will receive a USB drive with classroom materials preloaded. Attendees will also have access to additional documents and presentation information after OHCE through our new online education portal, eliminating the need for printed handouts. The portal will also allow for all continuing education units (CEUs) to be handled online instead of being proctored with print materials. 

Post-conference surveys, educational tracking and additional conference communication will also be paperless, including additional focus on the official OHCE2019 App, sponsored by CampLife, for smartphones and tablets. This app will provide up-to-date information for your week at OHCE, including the entire schedule, education overview, speaker bios, a fully interactive Expo floor map and much more. 

The Knoxville Convention Center features several energy-efficient elements that ARVC will be partnering to push during the event. The new ARVC store will sell reusable drinkware that can be used at water fountains throughout the convention center. ARVC is also using the electronic signage for much of its branding and informative signage, which combined with reusing previous imagery from OHCE 2018, will lessen the environmental impact of the conference. 

At the annual ARVC Awards of Excellence Dinner, two parks will be named Plan-It Green Park of the Year (Small/Medium and Large/Mega categories), highlighting efforts to show leadership, innovation and commitment to running a green park. 

To download the OHCE2019 app, sponsored by CampLife, search the Apple or GooglePlay stores for “ARVC-OHCE.” Once the app is downloaded use the event code OHCE2019.