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A Continuum of Knowledge Products

Meeting and event professionals are at all points in the continuum of sustainable meetings education and practice, from very basic to very advanced.


Level 1: This level provides education and best practice tools for meeting professionals designed to raise awareness about the business case of sustainability from an organizational and event perspective, provides contexts to sustainability impacts using the principles of The Natural Step, address skills for overcoming hurdles, establishing sustainability policies and prepares those just getting started on their journey to begin to create useful action plans that will take them to the next step of measurement and reporting. Members have access to a full suite of community sourced materials, best practice, guides, webinars, articles and discounts for GMIC workshops and trainings. Subscribers have access to many free resources from the GMIC global community as well as The Natural Step 101 e-learning course.   FIND OUT MORE TO ACCESS CONTENT

Level 2: This level of the GMIC roadmap prepares practitioners on how to negotiate for success, use tools to enable measurement and evaluation of sustainability impacts, understanding the benefits and how to use industry standards (ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM) as well as the beginning stages of preparing a case study for reporting and award application. Members have access to free measurement tools (SEMT Tool) as well as case study templates. Subscribers have access to guides and published case studies. FIND OUT MORE TO JOIN GMIC

Level 3: In this level, practitioners have advanced experience with applying the principles, strategies, standards of sustainable event management. Level 3 are the global community experts, consultants, trainers and advisors; the curators of expertise and recognized as leaders, reporting. Participants at this level will be included in the GMIC Speakers' Bureau or global training program as well as asked to contribute content and thought leadership to the sustainable event community. In order to be recognized at a Level 3, members or subscribers must complete an assessment or be invited based on industry expertise. An appropriate icon badge will be provided to these leaders. 

Explorer Level - Education Level 1

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Learner outcomes for this level are:
1) Define sustainability based on system condition principles
2) Assess your organization's or events sustainability goals and create an action plan
3) Create a sustainability policy for event or organization
4) Establish sustainability measurable objectives with indicators and targets for event
5) Create a stakeholder engagement plan
6) Identify key sustainability issues and impacts
7) Create a communication strategy to monitor and record program goals
8) Write a basic business case for integrating sustainability into event or organization
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