Nancy: A Beacon of Sustainability 

6th December 2023

Nancy, renowned as the cradle of Art Nouveau and a UNESCO-classified city for its 18th-century centre, is emerging as a prime destination for association meetings. Even if the charming capital of the Duchy of Lorraine boasts architectural gems like the iconic Place Stanislas, its allure extends beyond its historical districts and rich cultural life, encompassing a distinctive dedication to environmental stewardship.

Words Remi Deve

Considered by some to be the most Italian town of eastern France, Nancy boasts a strategic location, just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Paris by high-speed train (TGV), with the station conveniently situated a mere one-minute walk from the main conference venue. Meanwhile, the entire centre is easily navigable on foot, making commuting very easy for inhabitants and visitors alike.

Accommodations are plentiful, with a capacity of 3,600 rooms, including hotels, tourist residences, furnished rentals, and bed and breakfasts. Several hotels have earned coveted distinctions, such as the Green Key and the ADEME environmental label, attesting to their commitment to sustainability.

The city’s venues are equally impressive. Celebrating its 10th anniversary next year, the Prouvé Convention Centre, spanning 20,000 square meters in the city centre, occupies a former postal sorting centre, offering a unique blend of history and modernity. With abundant natural light and a panoramic view of the city, it provides an exceptional setting for events.

Championing Sustainability

Recognizing the paramount importance of sustainable practices, Destination Nancy, the destination marketing organization of the city, embarked on a CSR journey in 2014. Since 2018, it has proudly held ISO 20121 certification, a pinnacle of sustainable event management worldwide. In 2020, the Nancy Tourist Office became the first in France to achieve this distinction.

Furthering its commitment, Nancy recently secured the “Destination Innovante Durable” (Innovative Sustainable Destination) label in 2022. This milestone demonstrates a broader, territory-wide commitment to sustainability, with prominent event and cultural actors actively participating. Collaborators include local hoteliers, the UMIH (a leading professional federation for cafés, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and renowned PCOs like UL Propuls. 

Key venues, such as the Zenith du Grand Nancy, L’Autre Canal, and the Opera, as well as renowned festivals like Nancy Jazz Pulsations, have also joined forces with local authorities and the Grand Nancy Metropolitan Area to ensure responsible event hosting.

Concrete Steps

Nancy’s commitment to hosting responsible events shines through a multitude of pragmatic measures, including eco-friendly catering partnerships, resource-efficient practices like rainwater utilization and solar panels, precise carbon footprint assessments, food waste reduction efforts, comprehensive waste sorting, and the provision of eco-conscious corporate gifts. 

Event organizers receive extensive support and guidance, both in the pre-event planning stages and post-event evaluations. Accessibility for individuals with reduced mobility is ensured, encompassing induction loop systems for the hearing-impaired and specialized signage for the visually impaired. 

Nancy even contributes to biodiversity by housing beehives on their rooftop and invites visitors to explore the destination’s natural and wellness offerings through the Metropolitan Tourist Office’s guided tours.

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