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Sustainable Event Professional Certificate

GMIC's signature educational offering, the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC) program, is a 360-degree learning environment to create a new class of sustainable event practitioners. Through a combination of online learning, small group work and an in-person session at GMIC's annual Sustainable Meetings Conference (to be held in 2015 in Atlanta, June 17-19th) participants of the program will learn from GMIC green meetings experts how to plan, guide, implement and measure the sustainability initiatives of a multi-day conference. This unique program offers participants both the practical knowledge of sustainability best practices and tools, and the opportunity to apply their learnings in hands-on participation at the 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference (SMC). An important capstone to the course, participants will take part in the SMC sustainability pre-conference meeting with the host venue, and will be recognized during general session as the 2015 graduating class of Sustainable Event Professionals.  

SEPC Goals:  

  • Expand the knowledge and skills of sustainability professionals in the event industry 
  • Provide an interactive learning platform for education on conference sustainability
  • Better understand how to integrate industry accepted sustainable initiatives such as APEX, ISO & GRI into the planning and execution process
  • Create a case study and tell the sustainability story of GMIC’s Sustainable Meetings Conference

SEPC Outcomes:

  • Participants will be prepared to engage or increase sustainability efforts in their own event programs. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
    •  Design a sustainability framework for their event programs
    • Communicate sustainability strategy, performance criteria and objectives to personnel, vendors, attendees and all applicable stakeholders 
    • Build tools which will streamline the engagement process with stakeholders
  • Participants will be recognized at the conference through acknowledgement/graduation ceremony
  • Course participants will guide and support the conference sustainability initiatives as the planning green team.
  • Through experiential learning, the participants will learn the intricacies of event sustainability. 
  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion and 40 hours of learning, which will be eligible for CEU credits.

Course Dates and Registration:

The 2015 course begins February 24, and runs through July 14, with an in-person session and recognition of course participants at GMIC's Sustainable Meetings Conference, June 17-19, in Atlanta, GA.  The registration deadline is February 15.

For course module content, schedule and registration information, please click here


GMIC Member: $1200 - Price includes (1) 2015 conference registration (valued at $475), all program materials, access to learning modules and cohort learning community, and a one-year extension on your current Individual GMIC membership (valued at $185).

GMIC Non-Member: $1500 – Price includes (1) 2015 conference registration (valued at $575), all program materials, access to learning modules and cohort learning community, and a one-year Individual GMIC membership (valued at $185) to run March 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016.

Price does not include some required reading materials, travel to or lodging for the 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference, or incidentals. Students who opt out of the conference attendance component will need to demonstrate a practical application of the course and an additional assessment fee may apply. 



GMIC’s Foundations of Sustainable Event Planning

Meeting and event professionals are required to balance a variety of strategic, financial and project management skills in designing successful events. The CMP international standards also recognize the importance of sustainability as a strategic skill for global planners today.

This interactive one day training session will address the core knowledge and skills of developing a sustainability action plan for your meeting or event. Exploration of an event case study will be applied to the action steps as well as to baseline requirements for the APEX/ASTM sustainable event standards will be explored.

Target Audience:

The target audience includes planners and suppliers in organizations that are just starting to explore sustainable meetings and have minimal/no sustainable meeting elements within their current meetings portfolio. This target audience faces obstacles such as:  

  • How do I get started?
  • How do I establish sustainability goals and objectives?
  • How can I incorporate basic sustainable meeting practices into my planning process with minimal impact to my current scope of work?
  • How do I begin to implement specific actions into my scope of practice?
Participants of this session will be able to:
  • Develop sustainability goals and measurable objectives
  • Outline a stakeholder engagement action plan related specifically to their organization
  • Identify the measurement areas of sustainable events standards

 To schedule this course in your community contact,

This course will provide 6 CEU/CMP credit hours. Nonmember pricing is $225 for the full day course and $175 for GMIC members.



GMIC’s 7 Steps to Integration® of the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards


Attend the industry’s official training program for the upcoming APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards. This full day training program begins with an introduction to sustainable event standards, walks you through the process of applying the upcoming standards in your RFP processes and leaves you with a practical application of the standards while working alongside your peers. Each participant receives a workbook and certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

LEARNER OUTCOMES: Participants of this course will be able to:

  • Describe the methodology around the APEX/ASTM environmentally sustainable meeting standards
  • Implement the APEX/ASTM standards into your RFP and contracting process
  • Develop an action plan to increase the environmental performance and business impact from using these standards for your events.


Target Audience:

The target audience includes planners and suppliers in organizations that have been involved in some sustainable event planning or practices within their organizations and seek to analyze and compare industry standards to their internal programs. Participants should have an understanding of setting goals and objectives, writing a sustainability policy and stakeholder engagement. (Applied practitioner or Advanced practitioners).


To schedule this course in your community contact,

This course will provide 6 CEU/CMP credit hours. Nonmember pricing is $225 for the full day course and $175 for GMIC members, plus cost of standards.