Sustainability is a term we throw around a lot in the events world.
There’s been a concerted effort to make what we do as events and meeting planners more environmentally friendly—from practices at events that conserve water or waste, to ethical farming that provides fair trade goods. But to really underscore why this is important, we need to understand why we’re shifting to more sustainable events.
believes events are windows into an organisation’s soul.
Zavada is the
president of MeetGreen, an organisation that works with companies worldwide to
lead event sustainability practices and produce conferences and events that
deliver targeted business results. Part of that means including environmentally
friendly practices that reflect the mission of the organisation or business
behind the event.
responsibility for making wise choices, which impacts so many, is one of the
main reasons I started planning green meetings," Zavada said.
So how does
one make an event green? Zavada said the hardest part is getting started, but
once the ball is rolling, there are so many ways event and meeting planners can
make their events more sustainable.
Industry Council (EIC) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive
Officer after a global executive search process. An extensive
global search was led by executive search firm Vetted Solutions who worked
collaboratively with London-based Saxton Bampfylde in partnership with
SmithBucklin, EIC’s association management company.
resulted in a pool of more than 50 highly qualified potential candidates from
around the world. Candidates were considered by an EIC board-appointed search
committee, consisting of an accomplished and diverse group of seven events
industry leaders chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group. After the thorough
search process and consideration of several promising candidates, the search committee
chose Amy Calvert, who currently serves as Senior Vice President of Convention
Sales and Services with Visit Baltimore.
Since July of 2017, a team of dedicated sustainable event professionals has been working to redesign, rewrite and relaunch the sustainable event standards formerly known as APEX/ASTM. With the supplier sectors (accommodations, audio visual, destinations, exhibitions, food and beverage, venue) almost complete and the event organiser standard out for industry commentary, we will recap the journey of this industry-wide collaboration and talk about how the standards will bring innovation and impact to the event world, including a preview of the soon to be launched Event Organiser Standard.
Join us on 30 April at 11:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-04:00 for "A template for sustainable events: how the new EIC Sustainable Event Standards will inspire innovation and impact our industry."
- Chance Thompson, Vice-Chair, EIC Sustainability Committee, and Chair, EIC SES Relaunch, and Senior Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations, SMG at the Salt Palace Convention Center
- Melanie Delaplanche, Member, EIC Rewrite Committee, Consultant, Sustainability Addict, Brussels
- Sara Patterson, Member, EIC Sustainability Committee, Meetings Director, PHADA
- Gwendal Castellan, Member, EIC Rewrite and Sustainability Committees, Manager, Sustainable Destination Development, Tourism Vancouver
As a CMP, you are always working to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals around you, and submitting a session proposal for CMP Conclave 2019 is the perfect way to continue sharing your expertise with other event professionals.
Ready to submit? Here’s what you need to know!
Industry Council is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Hall of Leaders and
Pacesetter award. The Hall of Leaders is the premier recognition programme in
the events industry, recognising lifetime achievement. Inductees into the Hall
of Leaders are pioneers, influential, prolific and altruistic.
Pacesetter award celebrates emerging leaders and their present-day
accomplishments in three categories: 1) young professionals, 2) sustainability
and social responsibility and 3) leadership and innovation.
into the Hall of Leaders and awarding of the Pacesetter award will take place
in a gala celebration at IMEX America in Las Vegas.
For additional details, submission guidelines or
to submit a nomination, please click
. Completed nomination packages must be submitted by end of day Monday, 20 May 2019
In partnership with Sustainable Brands, the Events Industry Council will host an informative and action-driven Sustainable Event Professionals Certificate (SEPC) course at SB’19 Detroit from 2–5 June 2019. Combining active learning and experiential elements, this programme is designed to enable participants to implement their own sustainable events. Topics will include:
- Understanding the business value of sustainability for the events industry
- Practical solutions for improving environmental performance in food and beverage, transportation and supply chain management
- Effective methods for achieving corporate social responsibility goals
Registration: $595 USD
A limited number of scholarships, hotel, and travel subsidies are available for qualified planners. Contact Jennifer Miller at JMiller@visitdetroit.comfor more information.
Dates: Sunday, 2 June – Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Location: Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226
Book your hotel room within the Sustainable Brands hotel block to take advantage of pre-negotiated rates.
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2019 was a roaring success. Held on 4 April this year, GMID is meant to shine a light on the impact meetings have around the world. Events Industry Council wants to extend a thank you to all the meeting professionals that are part of our organization. A special thank you goes out to our committee members who shared their #GMID19 pictures with us for use on our Instagram account
The CMP community reaches all corners of the Earth. We are represented on six continents, come from all walks of life and service all different types of clients. In our column, CMPs around the world, we highlight some of the amazing work event professionals do internationally.
Mary-Ann Urbanovich, CMP-HC, MS, recently started a new role as a senior events manager for Fishawack Companies, a medical communication group with offices in the U.K. and U.S. Previously she was a meeting planner with American Express Meetings & Events.
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