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February 14, 2012
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Falling in Love with Standards: Our dynamic Valentine's Day panel will have you falling in love with standards. Our moderator will spark discussion among our panel of experts on the imminent APEX green meeting standards, the newly released Global Reporting Initiative event organizer's sector supplement, and the emerging ISO 20121 standard.                                   Click here to Register                              
Sustainability Tip

No need to wait for the official release of the APEX/ASTM and ISO 20121 standards to get started. Both standards ask users to define their event sustainability policy, set clearly defined goals and objectives, and establish some form of internal and/or external audit process to ensure compliance.

Want to learn more?  Check out the GMIC Resource Library for sample sustainability policies and other templates to help get you started.
Watch for the March 2012 release of the GMIC/TNS guide to sustainable events. This will be a free guide for GMIC members.
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February 2012 GMIC NewsBrief
Do you ever have those "ah ha" moments when you realize that it doesn't always matter how much you know about sustainability but how willing you are to learn from others? Each event provides an unique set of variables, new stakeholders and innovative opportunities.  The core process and metrics may not change, but the conversation is always evolving. Often, what keeps us inspired is hearing how someone made an amazing event experience possible through innovative sustainable solutions or simply by taking that first step.

The GMIC, strives to inspire leaders to make meetings BETTER through sustainable solutions.  Think about sustainability from this context, how many people does our industry touch?  Can we see the impact of an event as a ripple effect of positive legacy that can be told through collective storytelling, robust case studies and the data analysis? Being the cause for change is amazing.  We want to hear your stories, case studies and "ah  ha" moments in your journey towards sustainability. 

P.S. Watch for for future editions highlighting GMIC's new educational certificate programs which will help you build the business case, engage with stakeholders, prepare for sustainable event standards (ISO20121, APEX/ASTM and GRI) and tell your story.

New Programs and Services to Support Members:

In partnership with Naylor Publications, GMIC has launched its Green Supplier Directory. All GMIC supplier members receive a free listing.  For more information on how to be listed or to advertise, contact Naylor.

Upcoming: The 2012 Sustainable Meetings Conference
Register today for the 2012 annual GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference:  En Route to Meeting Innovation!  Montreal, Quebec at the Hilton Bonaventure.  Program has been announced with an emphasis on global sustainable event standards, operational advancement sessions, CSR programs and trending topics on sustainable innovation and design.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The annual (GMIC) Sustainable Meetings Conference is the premier event for planners and suppliers to address sustainability issues that are redefining the global meeting and events industry. Whether you are an experienced sustainability meeting professional or in the beginning stages of implementing green event practices, the annual Sustainable Meetings Conference will help take your sustainable event strategies to the next level.

Explore sustainable events through education
(Learn More about the Session Content)

A few highlighted sessions are noted below covering the content tracks of Sustainable Event Standards, Operational Advancement and Innovation & Design:
  • Sustainability Principles for Meetings & Events:  Applying the TNS Framework
  • Happy Together. How ISO 20121 and APEX work together.
  • Sustainability Strategies that Create Business and Attendee Value
  • Choreographing Sustainability Efforts (Microsoft Case Study)
  • Applying the Business Case for Sustainability
Visit The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference 2012 website – for details. To sponsor or exhibit contact:

GMIC 2012 Webinar Series!

GMIC has partnered with Meeting Change for the first six months of our 2012 webinar series.   For a sneak preview of webinars to come: (Note: all webinars are at 9am PST).

February 14, 2012 : Falling in Love with Standards. Speakers: Ginny Stratton, Elizabeth Henderson and Lawrence Leonard (An overview of sustainable event standards and how they work together, from APEX, ISO20121 and GRI). Register Here

March 13, 2012: Sustainability Sampler à la Montréal. This webinar will include a series of pecha kecha style speakers, including a host committee speaker on the GMIC Conference's sustainability features, plus mini-sessions from selected conference speakers. Register Here

April 10, 2012: The MAUDE Framework for CSR initiatives (Speaker: Mariela McIlwraith)

May 8, 2012: Scenario Planning: What May Happen

June 12, 2012: Finance and Fundraising for Sustainable Meeting Professionals: (Speaker: Mariela McIlwraith, moderator: Mitchell Beer)

Diana Graling, CMM CMP CSEP

Diana Graling CMM, CMP, CSEP is an award-winning certified meetings and special events professional who has earned accolades and international awards managing events for corporations, international associations, and not-for-profit agencies. Diana is an active leader and educator in the industry, serving on the boards of various meetings and events associations.

Diana was selected as the lead instructor and developer for GMIC's Foundations for Sustainable Event Planning course. This course provides the business context to sustainability integration and prepares participants to be ready for ISO 20121 courses and GMIC's APEX/ASTM 7 Steps to Integration Course.

To register for the April 21, 2012 training course, visit HERE.


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