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State of Sustainability in the Events Industry: Our Recent Findings

In celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, we released some new information and infographics on the state of sustainability in the industry and some easy practices that can improve your event’s footprint. Let’s take some time to celebrate our achievements, and focus on opportunities to further advance our industry through the adoption of sustainable practices.

This past January, in collaboration with Sustainable Brands and Radisson Hotels Group, we conducted a survey on sustainability practices in the events industry. We have some good news to report, as well as some opportunities.

  1. Mainstreaming: We were thrilled to see a substantial increase in some sustainable practices since our last 2015 survey, including opting for water stations over bottled water, and vegetarian and allergy-responsible menus.
  2. Planner/Supplier Differences: We continue to have a difference in expectations about including sustainability in RFPs and proposals, with many planners expecting it to be included without asking, and suppliers waiting to be asked. This is a definite opportunity for both planners and suppliers to better communicate about sustainability.

Check out our infographic for more information on the survey results.

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Our Next Webinar:

Sustainability Webinar Series: Celebrating Earth Day in the Events Industry: How to Get Started

Feb 27, 2018 11:00 AM EST 

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Celebrated each year on April 22nd, Earth Day is the perfect time of year to engage and inspire participants, guests, employees and stakeholders and beyond on sustainability. In this webinar, we'll share case studies on how organisations in the events industry have celebrated Earth Day, and will provide ideas for programmes that can also help to educate, gather feedback, and reinforce lasting sustainable behaviour. With the 2018 Earth Day theme being "End Plastic Pollution" we'll include a focus on how you can reduce single use plastics in your events and organisations not only on April 22nd, but year-round. Panelists will discuss ideas for campaigns, challenges, contests, and incentives that both build awareness around issues of sustainability and support the community. Join the EIC Sustainability Committee Chair, Lindsay Arell, and a group of events industry leaders on this engaging and educational webinar, and get a jump start planning your organisation’s Earth Day celebration. 

Learning outcomes: 
1) Hear events industry case studies on Earth Day programmes 
2) Learn how to design an Earth Day campaign for your organisation or events that inspire participants, guests, employees and stakeholders on sustainability 
3) In support of this year's Earth Day campaign to end plastic pollution, learn about practical alternatives to help you to reduce or eliminate the use of single use plastics in your events, venues and organisations. 

Lindsay Arell, Chair, Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee 
Tiffany Eck, CMP, Associate Director, Convention Services, VISIT DENVER

On-demand webinars are also available!

We have over 15 webinars on our on-demand resource site, each eligible for 1 hour of Continuing Education (CE) credits towards your CMP certification or recertification.



History of The Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative

In 2016, what was known as the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) ceased to be an association and rather is now a program within the Events Industry Council  to advocate and educate around sustainability in the meetings and events industry.

Webinar announcing change

Click here for FAQs about this effort. 



Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative In the news:


Links to the MeetingsNet article and other press:

Green Meeting Council Relaunches as Part of CIC - Meetings Net

Green Meeting Industry Council Merges with the Convention Industry Council - Meetings & Conventions 

Green Meeting Merges with CIC - Smart Meetings 

Meetings Groups Merge to Further Sustainability in the Events Industry - Associations Now

Green Meeting Industry Council Reorganizes - Green Lodging News