The GMIC is the premier global meetings community solely dedicated to sustainability not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards for the meetings and event industry.
A green meeting incorporates environmental considerations throughout all stages of the meeting process in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment and make a positive impact to host communities in terms of environmental and social legacies.
For many years, we have been working to mitigate our impact on climate change—through energy conservation programs, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and development of more energy-efficient products.
"Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing the world today, and it is a key issue for our stakeholders, who expect us to minimize the impacts of our operations and products."
51% of independents (a 16% increase over 2008) 46.8% of corporate (a 10.5% increase over 2008) 44.4% both of association planners and government planners Source: 2009 Meetings Media Survey Who’s planning green meetings now 2009?
Competitive Advantage 84% of buyers felt meeting industry should take environment more seriously into account Source: IMEX 3 rd Annual Survey Results 2008
To ensure venue and trash hauler compliance put it in your contract with an agreement to provide reporting by a certain date.
Report & Evaluate Success Disposed Wet Waste/Food/Non-Recycables 5 tons or 5.5 yards 90 Gallon Recycling Totes 24 bins x 150 lbs each Paper, Plastic, Glass, Aluminum 3600 lbs or 1.8 tons Cardboard Recycling 1 and ½ bales Food Pans or Trays served 358 pans Total Number of food pans reserved in employee cafeteria 26 pans
Convention Industry Council Guidelines - www.conventionindustry.org/projects/green_meetings_report.pdf
GMIC website – www.greenmeetings.info
PCMA Network for the Needy - www.pcma.org /source/community/
GMIC & IMEX Green Meetings
Awards - www.imex-frankfurt.com/greenawards.html
MeetGreen – book and calculator – www.meetgreen.com
“ 95% of the meeting professionals who have ever lived are alive today. We have the opportunity together to decide what this young profession will be about; bringing people and ideas together as part of the problem, or as part of the solution. “ David Berman, Expert Speaker on Design, Ethics, Social Responsibility.