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The Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative (Formerly Green Meeting Industry Council)

The Events Industry Council (EIC), the preeminent organization representing all segments of the meetings and events industry, is pleased to announce that the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), the leading resource on sustainability for global meetings and events, is now the EIC Sustainability Initiative, and will operate under the direction of the EIC Board of Directors.

Why did the GMIC become the Sustainability Initiative ?

GMIC is the industry’s most respected authority on sustainability. That was GMIC’s mission when it was founded in 2003 and this merger is a way for GMIC to return to its roots with the support and weight of EIC -- the preeminent organization representing all segments of the industry -- behind it. EIC’s APEX Initiative, published the first white paper on “green meeting” practices, authored by a task force chaired by GMIC co-founder Amy Spatrisano, and developed with GMIC partnership the standards that became the APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meetings Standards in 2012. EIC has been involved in the sustainability discussion for many years. We believe success comes through collaboration and with this opportunity, GMIC will be better able to concentrate on its mission to advocate and educate on sustainability, through EIC and its member organizations.

What is the ultimate goal of the merger?

We recognize there are many disparate entities, both for-profit and non-profit, providing services, education, and products on sustainability in the meetings and events space; currently, these entities do not have a way to come together to advance the cause of sustainability. We envision “The Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative,” to be the place for these entities to come together and for GMIC to be the go-to resource for neutral and credible sustainability resources, information and community for the broader event industry.  GMIC would be the source for education and content, a think tank and collaborator on sustainability initiatives within the meetings industry.

What will be the new organizational structure be?

GMIC individual and business members will transition to a network of sustainability supporters and business partners in lieu of standard association structures, including chapters. Chapters will transition to local GMIC Networks who can still come together locally to advance the cause of sustainability in their communities, but they also, can be an important resource and channel of information for local EIC member chapters. EIC will be looking to these supporters to act as champions for sustainability in meetings and events in their communities.

What will the management team look like for the combined organization?

As GMIC becomes a council operating under the direction of the EIC Board, governance and management would be provided by the EIC board and staff so that GMIC volunteers can focus on the strategy of content and education.

What is the timeline for integrating the two organizations?

EIC staff are already providing support and this will continue as additional human resources are put into place.  We hope to have the GMIC Leadership Council elected in the next 30-45 days. That group will assist staff with setting priorities for programs and activities. Of course, re-engaging GMIC former members and business partners is paramount to our success to move GMIC forward. We anticipate a full 90 days to be fully up and running.

What are the benefits to both EIC and GMIC in the merger?

GMIC would continue providing programs and services, and with the backing of EIC, become a stronger, combined force. GMIC volunteers will be able to focus on being industry thought leaders who drive the sustainability conversation throughout the meetings industry and developing initiatives to further the cause. The merger will allow GMIC to become the primary driver and key stakeholder of the APEX/ASTM standards on all fronts. In addition, GMIC will have a channel to reach the community of 10,000+ Certified Meeting Professionals as well as the EIC member organizations themselves.

What does this mean for the EIC and GMIC communities?

This grounding will strengthen EIC’s ability to provide a fully rounded and integrated context to the discussion around the total value and impact of meetings. The collaboration of the two organizations provides a greater ability to deliver information, tools and resources on sustainability standards and best practices, as well as greater public clarity and transparency with regard to ASTM standards development roles and processes.