Sustainable Event Standards

March 27  |  green meetings  |   janet


The meetings and conventions industry is making great strides towards establishing industry-wide sustainability standards.  For many in our industry the interest in sustainable events is strong. But there is still a lot of confusion as to how one goes about actually developing sustainability.

According to the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), the following are just two of the existing voluntary standards processes targeting meeting planners, organizers and industry suppliers: Continue Reading

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Building Your Green Event Team

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March 21  |  meeting and event planning education  |   Andrew Maxwell


The Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) presents a webinar for meeting and event professionals — Building your Green Event Team: Create Successful Stakeholder Partnerships — on April 13, 2011 at 9 AM.

Led by Nancy Zavada of MeetGreen, the webinar focuses on how to build a green partnership with venues, suppliers and volunteers. Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify advantages for all partners
  • Work together to increase sustainability initiatives
  • Measure success
  • Give each stakeholder a competitive advantage

Registration is now open.


GMIC Train-The-Trainer Course

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March 14  |  meeting and event planning education  |   Andrew Maxwell


The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) will be holding a two and a half-day course to train individuals in the implementation of sustainability practices so that they, in turn, can train others.

The first Train-the-Trainer Course on Sustainable Events Standards takes place May 12-14, 2011 at the University of Maryland Conference Center. The course program includes sessions on standards and concepts alongside training in teaching, presentation and facilitation skills. Deadline to register is March 31, 2011.

Attendees receive a certificate of completion after taking the training course and will be added to a roster of GMIC approved trainers.

GMIC is the premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry,


WTTC Event Planner Profile: Guy Bigwood

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November 17  |  wttc event planner profiles  |   Andrew Maxwell

Guy Bigwood, MCI

Guy Bigwood is the Sustainability Director at MCI, the largest global event and association management company. He is recognized as a pioneer and expert on sustainable business, destinations and events. Guy manages a consulting team that advises the UN, associations, corporations, governments, CVBs and venues worldwide. He was the founder of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program at MCI and his passion has positioned CSR as a strategic pillar of MCI. MCI is now a leading global organizer and advisor to environmental, social and governance events, including the historic UN Climate Change Conference COP15, the GRI conference, and the Global Compact Leaders’ Summit.

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