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Sustainable Event Standards

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BS 8901 and ISO 20121

Provides information required for creating an event management system


APEX/ASTM Environmental Sustainable Meeting Standards

Collects data required for planner and supplier standards compliance in 8 areas, across 9 sectors


GRI Event Sector Supplement

Supplies data required for GRI indicators for sustainability reporting

















Green Meeting Guidelines

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
American Institute of Architects  Link Administration 11/17/2011
German Standards for Green Meetings Link Administration 11/17/2011
Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol Link Administration 11/17/2011
The Sustainable Music Festival Guide PDF (2.24 MB) Administration 11/17/2011
EPA Guidelines for Green Meetings Link Administration 11/17/2011
2009 UNEP Green Meeting Guide PDF (2.67 MB)  more ] Administration 1/25/2012
National Recycling Coalition Green Meetings Link Administration 2/22/2012

Standards, Certifications and Guides

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This file library contains files and websites with relevant information about Meeting and Event Standards.
Three separate and unique voluntary processes are now available to meeting planners, organizers and industry suppliers. BS 8901: the specification for a sustainable event management system. The APEX Green Meeting and Events Voluntary Standards: Published in collaboration with the USEPA, Green Meeting Industry Council and the Convention Industry Council. GRI: The Global Reporting initiative. A formal standard is based on the consensus of industry stakeholder opinion, meeting the requirements of an independent standards organization. BS8901 was developed by the British Standards Institution while the APEX green meeting standards were developed in association with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Each country has their own standards body, most of which are members of the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
GMIC Sustainable Events Standards Summary PDF (223.71 KB) Administration 11/8/2011
ISO Standards Frequently Asked Questions PDF (63.5 KB) Administration 11/8/2011
APEX Inativie Link Administration 11/9/2011
Energy Star Guidelines for Hospitality Link Administration 11/9/2011
ISO 14001 (environmental management standard) Link Administration 11/11/2011
U.S. Green Building Council Link Administration 11/11/2011
Sustainability Policy Template from MeetGreen PDF (131.1 KB) Administration 11/11/2011
Green Ride Global Preferred Supplier List PDF (1.55 MB) Administration 11/17/2011
CMP International Standards Guidelines Link  more ] Administration 1/30/2012
GRI for Event Organizers Link  more ] Administration 2/22/2012
FAQ on GMIC iCompli Certifcation for APEX/ASTM PDF (368.89 KB) Administration 2/15/2013

Sustainability Frameworks

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Comprehensive approach to sustainable operations for your organization
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
The Natural Step Link Administration 11/17/2011