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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.

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Nancy Zavada 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.

"The 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.


The Events 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.

The search 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.

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Galveston Island CVB
Mix work and play in Galveston Island, Texas. Ultramodern meeting facilities and exhibition spaces? Yep. Exceptional off-site event venues? Of course. A charming historic district filled with attractions and activities? Definitely. And the bonus that sets Galveston apart—easy access to beautiful stretches of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
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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!

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How ALA Automated Logistics Management for Their Annual Conference
ALA, along with other major organizations like ADA, WVC, MLA, and AAAnthro, have been in the process of Beta Testing the Logistics Module for the past year and a half so that it is ready for use by all meeting organizers in 2019. One organization calculated over 40 hours of labor saved after using the system
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The Events 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.

The 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.

Induction 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 here. 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.

Event details

Dates: Sunday, 2 June – Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Location: Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226

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Book your hotel room within the Sustainable Brands hotel block to take advantage of pre-negotiated rates.

Global perspective
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.

On the move
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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