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INTA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in Boston

INTA attempts to give back to the community in small ways with each meeting. The Annual Meeting has a large impact on the local community and economy, but in addition to that impact, we try to find ways to highlight and donate to a local charity, host volunteer service opportunities or offset our registrant’s carbon footprint. Below are our initiatives for Boston.

If you are already registered for the meeting, please log into the Registrant Portal and click Add Sessions to add either event to your registration.

Saturday, May 18 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bikes for Kids: A Team-Building and Charity Event
(Advance registration required)

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

The Bikes for Kids event is a great way for Annual Meeting registrants to get to know one another while giving back to the city and children of Boston, all while learning secrets behind building a high-functioning team. During this event, teams of participants will have fun competing in hands-on exercises to earn the tools necessary for proper assembly of bikes. The assembled bikes will be donated to local nonprofit organizations that work with children and youth of Boston. The end result is life-changing, not only for you, but for the kids who receive the bikes. 

Registration is US $45 and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and tickets for admission to this event will not be sold onsite. Please wear comfortable clothing for this event. Refreshments are included. Fee is nonrefundable.

Tuesday, May 21 – 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Offsite Volunteer Service Day – Greater Boston Food Bank 

(Advance registration required)
The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, they distributed 61.8 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. They are committed to increasing their food distribution to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities. The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

Register to give a helping hand sorting and packing food items while networking with like-minded colleagues.  You contribution helps them to distribute more fresh, healthy produce to 1 in 11 people in need across Eastern Massachusetts.  

Registration is US $40 and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and tickets for admission to this event will not be sold onsite. Please wear comfortable clothing for this event. Refreshments are included. Fee is nonrefundable.


 INTA has partnered with Dress for Success Boston. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

This year we will not be collecting clothing but are focusing on accessories and travel sized toiletries.
You can participate in Dress for Success by bringing a donation of the following items onsite in Boston (donations must be suitable for a job interview):
  • Lightly used or new handbags, jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings) belts, scarves, etc.
  • Lightly worn or new shoes.
  • New pantyhose or tights, sheer or opaque (black, off black, brown or beige) in any size.
Donate new travel sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash, razors, shaving cream, face wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion etc.)

Lastly, Dress for Success Boston has an Amazon Wish List.  You may choose to purchase an item and ship it directly.  Remember to include INTA’s name and your company name on the purchase for tracking purposes. 
To learn more about Dress for Success and their international affiliate programs, please go to

INTA has partnered with Solutions at Work.  Founded by a group of homeless individuals in Cambridge in 1989. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with resources and opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, achieve self-sufficiency, and participate in helping others. 

You can participate in Solutions at Work by bringing a donation of the following items onsite in Boston.  Solutions at Work is greatly in need of the items below.  Items should be new or gently used and suitable for a job interview.
  • Men sizes 50 and above business attire 
  • Men’s Big and Tall suits.
  • Dress ties (solid or patterned), belts, handkerchiefs and cufflinks.
  • Men’s dress shoes sizes 12 and up and shoe polish.
  • Men’s underwear (boxers), dress socks and plain white t-shirts all sizes.
  • Men’s Dress coats, over coats, light weight coats and sweaters.
  • Briefcases and portfolios.  
  • Garment bags and Large bags (for clients to take their clothing home). 
  • Toiletries - deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

To learn more about Solutions at Work and the other programs they support, please visit for more information.

Carbon Credit Donation 

Participate in the Carbon Credit initiative. Make a $10 donation during the online registration process to offset your carbon travel emissions and help “green” the meeting.

INTA has partnered with to help highlight the importance of offsetting the Annual Meeting’s carbon footprint. All of the proceeds will be donated to is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses or organizations to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.

 Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s  - Boston Convention & Exhibition Center  

The meeting and convention industry is often criticized for its wastefulness. So when it comes to running a convention center, being green means much more than recycling.

Green Initiatives

Energy, water and waste conservation are the focus of their daily operating strategy. They minimize power consumption through sensor-controlled, high-efficiency lighting, cut energy-use in non-occupied spaces, and feature low-flow water devices in all BCEC restrooms.

They are also committed to using green products whenever possible – from their daily disinfectants to their vacuum cleaners, more than 80 percent of our cleaning products are environmentally responsible.

Our recycling programs reduce waste both inside the organization and out. Compost and recycling bins are stationed throughout office, meeting, loading dock and food preparation areas for both internal employees and visiting attendees.

At the BCEC, event planners and exhibitors are encouraged to recycle through the MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. (Community Assistance by Responsible Events) program. Through Conventions C.A.R.E., clean, usable, non-perishable donations are placed in bright blue bins at the end of an exhibition. The MCCA and its partners then assign and arrange the transport of these items to local non-profits.

Their food and beverage provider, Levy Restaurants, gets 56 percent of the food and beverage served at our convention centers from local vendors. We continue to host Local Vendor Fairs at the BCEC and Hynes to make this percentage grow.

Want to be greener at Annual Meeting 2019?
  • Take the INTA shuttle or public transportation to and from the convention center
  • Rent a Hubway bike and pedal around Boston
  • Don’t print – go wireless! Carry your mobile device and use our free wireless to save on paper.
  • Bring your own water bottle: we have spring water coolers in each meeting room.
  • Recycle your paper, plastic and glass in the receptacles in each meeting room and pre-function area.
  • Eating in the food court? Don’t throw out your leftovers! We offer compost collection bins in designated areas around the dining area.
  • Exhibitors: donate your unused booth materials and products to the MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. Program

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