When GMIC’s 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference convenes in San Francisco in April, it will put words into action and lead by example. The goal of the April 15-17 event: Use sustainable strategies to limit the amount of waste generated, Green House gases emitted and water consumed and, in short, leave San Francisco a bit more eco-friendly than it was before the sustainability summit.
The conference, attended by planners from all over the world, will dig into these issues:
- Business drivers that are relevant to sustainability planning.
- Managing waste streams to get to zero waste.
- Understanding total carbon emissions and how to reduce them.
- Water as a resource and a challenge.
- Managing menu planning for both efficiency and sustainability.
- Social responsibility and creating lasting legacies.
- Responsible procurement.
- Stakeholders, green teams and the question of control and influence.
- Why standards, measurement and reporting are important and how that data can make for winning strategies.
The conference is more about shared collaboration on content and less about passive presentation watching, according to GMIC. As such, exhibitors and sponsors are invited to participate as attendees and contribute to the collaboration. Attendees will find that “exhibit spaces” are integrated into the design of the room and networking spaces to provide maximum exposure and opportunities for conversation.
In preparation for the April event, the Green Meeting Industry Council last year launched a Certificate in Sustainable Event Planning program designed to create a new class of sustainable-event practitioners. These students have been charged with creating, guiding and implementing the sustainability goals and performance outcomes for the conference.
Students who participate on-site will be recognized as the Conference Green Team and earn a GMIC Certificate in Sustainable Meetings Planning. They will present their case study findings to the greater GMIC community and, ideally, walk away with the knowledge, tools and confidence to implement green meetings and events at the highest level.
The nonprofit GMIC was created in 2004 to transform the global meetings industry through sustainability.