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APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards
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[GRAPHIC]APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards
Spearheaded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and their relationship with the Green Meeting Industry Council the standards were developed in collaboration between APEX (the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange) and ASTM (An ANSI certified international standard development organization).  Hence the standards are referred to as the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards*. 

The industry owes a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who crafted and fine tuned the standards.  Over the course of three years, a core development team including approximately 50 volunteers served in the capacity of panel members, committee leaders and members spanning the globe and the industry. This group included planners, suppliers, government representatives, non-government and non-industry players. In addition, the processes has had input from more than 350 volunteers globally through direct input to committees, online feedback options and city discussion groups. 

*Eight of the nine sectors have been published. The final sector, accommodations, is scheduled to be released spring 2012.


Historical Start to the Standards Development


FAQ on APEX Standards 
Download the GMIC FAQ Document on the APEX/ASTM Standards 

How to Access the Standards
[GRAPHIC] Link to Training and Workshop Page(link to event page with workshops) 

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CIC Webpage on APEX/ASTM Standards
For details on the history and process of the APEX/ASTM standards, visit the CIC webpage:

Best Practice Case Studies on APEX/ASTM
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Press and Media Contact: Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP, Executive Director GMIC at or 1-888-450-2098 ext. 20 for media or press inquires about GMIC’s role with the APEX/ASTM Standards and the GMIC educational rollout plan.  

Visit the GMIC news section for recent press releases on the standards: HERE

Webinars on Standards
Falling in Love with Standards (February 14, 2012)

Green Standards and Certifications (January 13, 2011)

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