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Webinars are eligible for 1 CE hour towards CMP certification or re-certification

Sustainabiltiy Webinars are part of the EIC CMP Preferred Provider Program. In order to automatically receive the CE credit towards earning your CMP you will need to first create an account with the Convention Industry Council.  If you’ve never created an online profile with EIC, click on the “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of then click the “Get Started” button and follow the prompts.  Please note: you must use the same email when creating your EIC portal account as  use for registering the webinar.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Sustainability Webinar: Better for your event, the community and your bottom line - Reducing food waste in the events industry 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:00 AM EDT 

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Food waste is a serious concern for our industry, the environment and society. Fortunately, it is an easy challenge to overcome in the journey to make events more sustainable. In this webinar, we'll explore the impact and sources of food waste and how events can help in efforts to reduce food loss and food waste. We'll look at how chefs are tackling the issue with an eye to sustainability, cost reduction and art creation. While wasting less is the primary goal, we also need to prepare for situations where there is excess food left after an event. To address this, we'll look at how we can introduce successful food recovery programmes.

Learning Outcomes:
- Learn about how food waste has an impact on the environment and society, and practical ways to reduce it for events
- Learn how food waste reduction has become an inspiration for chefs to redesign menus
- Learn about proven practices for food rescue programmes

- Joanna Berens, President, Joanna Berens Hospitality & Food Rescue Chair, GMIC FL/Caribbean Network
- Pete Pearson, Director, Food Waste, WWF
- John D. Buschman, M.S., B.A., Adjunct Instructor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University
- Isabel Naguib, Ambassador, Initiative Foodsharing Bonn (Germany)

This webinar is eligible for 1 Continuing Education Hour (CE) towards a CMP application or recertification.

Sustainability Webinar: Supply Chain Management for Sustainable Events
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

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The business implications for embedding sustainability into core business practices have become ever more clear for organizations across industries, countries, and even sizes.Recent trends like EU Mandatory Reporting Directive, suppliers from larger corporations facing pressures, risk reduction, reputation safeguarding to more transparency, make it a necessity to look into sustainable operations and integrate sustainability into your own supply chain. In this webinar, we'll share insights on how sustainable procurement helps to plan a sustainable event.

Learning Outcomes:

• Hear about the latest policies and trends in global sustainable supply chains
• Understand what companies look for in their supply chain and why they do so
• Learn how sustainable procurement can be incorporated into your event


• David McClintock - Marketing Director, Ecovadis
• Denise Taschereau - CEO, Fairware
• Nancy Zavada – Founder & President, MeetGreen

On-Demand Webinars: 

Our webinars are eligible for 1 CE hour towards CMP certification or re-certification

Our webinars are part of the EIC CMP Preferred Provider Program. In order to automatically receive the CE credit towards earning your CMP you will need to first create an account with the Events Industry Council.  If you’ve never created an online profile with EIC, click on the “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of then click the “Get Started” button and follow the prompts.  Please note: you must use the same email when creating your EIC portal account as you use to register for the webinars.

Sustainability Webinar Series: Trash to Cash in the Events Industry and How to Gain Tangible Benefits from Sustainable Practices

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2018 is an exciting year for sustainability in the industry. We so often think of being green as an environmental protection initiative, but there are also great opportunities for the bank account to become a little greener as well. We will explore a donation first approach to turning “trash into cash,” as well as the benefits that donation brings to local community organizations. Sustainable event planning is a growing standard and it is now more important than ever to track the impact we are having from an environmental footprint aspect in the events industry. Join our webinar host, EIC Sustainability Committee member Chance Thompson, and learn how they track materials and resource reduction at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake, Utah. We will discuss how partnering with exhibitors and decorators (such as Freeman and GES) helps boost this approach and provide beneficial information to meeting planners and their stakeholders. In addition, we will discuss hard-to-recycle opportunities through partnership with the impressive TerraCycle out of New Jersey. 

Speakers:  Chance Thompson, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations for SMG at the Salt Palace Convention Center and Member, Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee,  Joy Nemerson, Manager Strategic Partnerships, TerraCycle,  Kathy Embler, CMP, National Account Manager, GES,  Jessica Paige Glenn, Sustainability Manager, Freeman  

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

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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. 

Speakers:  Lindsay Arell, Chair, Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee, Tiffany Eck, CMP, Associate Director, Convention Services, VISIT DENVER, Ben Weilgus, Informa

Sustainability Webinar Series: The State of Sustainability in the Events Industry 

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Speakers:  Inge Huijbrechts, Global Vice President Responsible Business, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group , David Fiss, Sustainable Brands and Mariela McIlwraith, Director of Industry Advancement, Events Industry Council

Hot off the press! Join us for the results of the Events Industry Council's research on the state of sustainability in the events industry. This study was developed in collaboration with Sustainable Brands and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. As part of the webinar, learn about current top priorities for sustainability, planner and supplier approaches to sustainability and financial approaches to sustainability. 

Sustainability Webinar Series: The Cool List for a Blue Green Planet 

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Speakers: Guy Bigwood, Group Sustainability Director, MCI, Mariela McIlwraith, Director of Sustainability, Events Industry Council
Learn about sustainable products and services that you can use at your next event to add a wow factor that will impress your participants, and support communities and the environment. 

Sustainability Webinar Series: Chairman’s Birds of a Feather Session - Sustainable Brand Experiences 

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Speakers:Raphael Bemporad, Founding Partner, BBMG, Jeff Chase, Vice President of Sustainability, Freeman

As more businesses and associations adopt organization-wide sustainability goals, they are looking to events and exhibitions to align with those values. From Millennials seeking more authenticity to companies implementing their own version of the Paris climate change agreement, global trends are reshaping the brand experience. Learn how organizations are developing their brand with a purpose that is relevant and resilient enough for the fast, transparent world we live in today. Explore how these changes have begun to impact events and exhibitions. Gain insights into how event professionals can prepare for a more sustainable future and grow their business with purpose.


Sustainability Webinar Series: Pairing the Right CSR Activity with your Event

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Speakers: Courtney Lohmann, CMP, Director of Culture, Koncept Events and Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee Member, Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Director of Sustainability, Events Industry Council

Your boss has sent the word down – you must incorporate a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project into the next event your planning. You sit back and think, where should I even begin? During this session, learn how to identify the types of CSR activities that are available and how best to pair them with your event theme and corporate culture

Sustainability Webinar Series: A Partnership Approach to Concurrent Certification

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Speakers: Gaylis Linville - Director of Communications, SMG, Chance Thompson - Green Team Chair and Guest Relations Manager, SMG,  Rick Medina - Facility Director, SMG, Doug Curry - Facilities Manager, Utah Food Services, Ian Taylor - Director of Operations, PSAV

Hear from our friends in Salt Lake about a unique approach to pursuing APEX/ASTM certification. While many organizations have applied and been awarded APEX/ASTM certification, this method is striving for multiple certifications in one partnership-driven process. The collaborative relationship between the Salt Palace Convention Center and their partners looks to achieve five different certifications at the same time. The Salt Palace Convention Center, South Towne Exposition Center, Visit Salt Lake, Utah Food Services, and PSAV talk a bit about their team approach to sustainability in Salt Lake. The goal of this webinar is to help organizations in the industry maximize their closest partnerships in the pursuit of lower carbon footprints.

Sustainability Webinar Series: Sustainable Menu Planning

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Speakers: Kevin Jezewski - Director of Food and Beverage at SAVOR,  Doug Bradley - Vice President of Culinary at SAVOR

Are you thinking about offering sustainable food in your event, but not sure what to look for? In this webinar you will learn how to approach menu development from start to finish. With attendee focus has been on delivering health and sustainable food for big events, this webinar will help you develop this skill. Planners have a lot of choices to make in food and beverage, and can be overwhelming, it helps to have a working knowledge of sustainability in food.

Sustainability Webinar Series: Getting Started with Sustainable Events

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Speakers: Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Director of Sustainability, Events Industry Council and Claudia van't Hullenaar, Independent Sustainability & Live Communication Advisor and EIC Sustainability Committee Member

Thinking about getting started with sustainable events? This session will focus on easy to implement steps that have a major impact on your sustainability performance, with a special focus on helping you to reduce costs while improving quality and sustainability. Topics will include reducing food waste, designing meetings to be inclusive, reducing your carbon and water footprints and managing materials to reduce waste.

Sustainability Webinar Series: Master Class - A Management System Approach for sustainable events

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Speakers: Randy Thorsteinson, Chief Operating Officer, Cascadia Motivation Inc. and Pamela Grasemann, Congress Manager, International Union for Conservation

Events take a heavy toll on resources, society and the environment. They can generate significant waste, put a strain on local resources like water or energy and generate substantive amounts of carbon emissions. The Event Sustainability Management Systems, ISO 20121, launched in June 2012, are designed to help organizations improve the sustainability of their event related activities, products and services. Hear from Cascadia, performance improvement company, about their business case and challenges to implement and get the certification, how they set their goals and how they work to implement the system. You will also learn about the sustainability journey from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a membership union composed of both government and civil society organisations and the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it, how they improved their sustainability for their large international conference over the years leading into implementation and ISO certification of their IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 in Honolulu, USA.

Chairman's Birds of a Feather Session - Sustainability is GOOD for Business! Really!

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Speakers: Jeff Chase, VP Sustainability, Freeman and Chair, GMIC Leadership Committee and Evan Harvey, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, NASDAQ

In today’s business world there is a combination of a more global focus than ever before and a need to personalize and listen to the individual consumer’s needs and wants. This pairing of macro and micro focuses is where we find ourselves today. Did you know that more and more of the top companies in the world (Google, SONY, Unilever, BMW) focus on sustainability as a very serious part of their business strategy and claim it is helping to strengthen their brand? Come join us to hear how you can incorporate this strategy into your organization or company and how it will help you more than you think!

Assess and Compare Destinations on their Sustainability

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Presented by: Claudia van’t Hullenaar, Independent Sustainability & Event Design Strategist and Guy Bigwood, Sustainability Director, MCI Group

The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, the International Year aims to support change in policies, business practices and client behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs. The meetings and events industry has a critical role to play in this journey, especially when it comes to creating more sustainable destinations. Event organizers often assess destinations for meetings and events on accessibility, availability, infrastructure, price to name a few. As we decide on which destination to choose, we can increase the sustainability of our events and its support of our brand values by choosing host cities that have a clear commitment to social and environmental development and the SDGs. Destinations that take the lead on sustainability are proving to be more innovative, competitive and attractive to event organizers and stakeholders.

Designing the Future - Sustainability Now, Next and Why

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Mark Fein, Senior Vice President – Strategy, Freeman XP

Did you know that Design Thinking and Sustainability go hand in hand? As we look at the future of our industry today we are just starting to understand how the power of using sustainable thinking will shape our next 10 years. Water, Resources, Time and Talent are all valuable to how we get our job done. Learn how to create impactful experiences and still be kind to the planet and our budgets. Come join us in a new way of thinking that will change the Future!

Sustainable Event Infrastructure 101

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Kevin Jezewski, Director of Sustainability and Special Projects at SAVOR...Chicago at McCormick Place

Producing a sustainable event often starts with choosing a sustainable venue. In this webinar, Kevin Jezewski will lead us through a virtual back-of-house tour to understand how infrastructure elements are vital to sustainability performance. In this webinar we'll show you what to look for in a back-of-house tour to ensure your event meets your sustainability goals. We'll also discuss what venues are doing to improve environmental performance including how different infrastructure elements, including waste management, water and energy efficient systems and other initiatives such as roof top gardens can lead to more sustainable events. We'll also Learn how APEX/ASTM & Green Seal certifications play a role in events, and what they mean to guests and clients.

Food rescue for your events: It's easier than you think!

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Joanna Berens, President, Joanna Berens Hospitality & Food Rescue Chair, GMIC FL/Caribbean Network
John D. Buschman, M.S., B.A., Adjunct Instructor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University

GMIC's recently released study on the state of sustainability in the meetings industry found that donating leftover food to charitable organisations is requested by more than half of all planners. This makes having a turnkey food rescue programme an asset for suppliers, supports the community, and improves environmental performance.

In this webinar, learn about the food rescue programme that was developed for this year’s National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), including recommendations for tracking, communication and other guidance to help you implement your own programme.

  • Learn how to implement a food rescue programme for your events or venue.
  • Learn about the environmental and social benefits of a food rescue programme.
  • Learn about legislation that protects food donors from liability.
  •  Hear about resources to find food rescue partners.

Community Service Projects - Challenges, Opportunities and Stories

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Laura Weisman, Director of Business Development, Cascadia Motivation

Cascadia Motivation has produced CSR projects in destinations around the world, including South Africa, Mexico, St. Lucia and Spain. The Cascadia Motivation team will share inspiration case studies and will also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered while producing these events. In this webinar, we'll learn about:

  • What elements make for a more effective community service project
  • The importance of collaboration with the community for designing meaningful projects
  • Ideas for off-site team building projects that support and empower the local community
  • Ideas for on-site community projects that can be worked into your event schedule

Research Findings on the State of Sustainability in the Meetings Industry

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Dr. Dina Zemke, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Roger Simons, MCI Group

This year, GMIC commissioned a multi-phase study that was conducted by Dr. Dina Zemke and Dr. Yen-Soon Kim from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The study provides insights into the state of sustainability in the meetings industry. The study was made possible thanks to support from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.  During the webinar, you will: 
  • Hear the results of the study and learn how to use benchmarks for comparison with your sustainable practices
  • Understand how organisations that are focused on sustainability can strengthen their positions 
  • Learn how to use the research findings to demonstrate the business value of sustainable events

Selecting Sustainable Venues - From RFPs to Contracting

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Tyra W. Hilliard, PhD, JD, CMP, Speaker, Professor and Writer
Shawna McKinley, Director of Sustainability, MeetGreen

One of the easiest ways to make your events more environmentally and socially responsible is to select a venue with the infrastructure and team in place to support your goals. In this webinar, we'll look at practical, effective and easy ways to select venues that can help you to make your events more sustainable. We will explore:

  • Best practices for RFPs and contracts to identify and encourage sustainable practices
  • What sustainability features to look for on a site inspection
  • What to verify onsite to ensure sustainability goals are being met

This webinar has been sponsored by MeetGreen.

Designing Accessible Events

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Matt Shapiro, Consultant, 6 Wheels Consulting
Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 

Designing meetings to be inclusive and accessible is smart and responsible business. During this webinar, we'll discuss how to grow your audience, manage your budget and design welcoming events. We'll learn how about:

  • How to avoid some of the common mistakes made by meeting professionals that result in unintended participation barriers
  • Principles of universal meeting design  
  • Best practices for room setups, food & beverage and transportation

The Meetings Industry Takes on Human Trafficking: How Planners and Suppliers Can Support this Effort

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Every year, the United Nations observes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons at the end of July. This year, in honour of the day, we are hosting a webinar on how this issue is being addressed by the meetings industry. Human trafficking is a global issue, and one where tourism and meeting professionals, when trained on identifying and reporting suspicious behaviour, can be part of the solution. In this webinar we'll learn about how hotels are adopting the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, the travel industry’s commitment to fight child trafficking, and how they are training employees on what to do if they suspect a victim of trafficking is in their hotel property. We'll review RFP and contracting best practices for helping to protect children from trafficking. We’ll also hear about how industry associations, major brands, planners and suppliers are working to help address human trafficking.


Rhonda Brewer, CIS, Vice President, Sales, Maritz Travel, SITE Past President
With more than 25 years of travel sales and operations experience, Rhonda Brewer serves as Maritz Travel’s Vice President of Sales, focusing on strategic planning and global growth. Brewer currently serves as the Immediate Past President for the SITE International Board of Directors. During her year serving as SITE’s President, she guided SITE’s Painted Picture vision and strategic framework that was expanded to include a focus on ECPAT and commitment to stop human trafficking globally. In 2015, Brewer was selected as M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry.

Michelle Guelbart, MSW, Director of Private Sector Engagement | ECPAT-USA
Michelle leads program development and strategy for ECPAT-USA’s private sector work. As Director of Private Sector Engagement, she advises companies on corporate social responsibility efforts to protect children from trafficking. She has contributed to Congressional testimony and multi-stakeholder engagement efforts including through the World Economic Forum, Institute of Medicine, and the White House National Action Plan on Responsible Business. She was recognized for her achievement and named a 2014 Changemaker by MeetingsNet.

Best Practices in Waste Management

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This webinar discussed specific actions that help planners, venues and destinations, including:

1. Best practices for minimizing waste, including sourcing materials, communication with stakeholders and waste diversion.
2. Promoting circular economy practices in the meetings industry, including opportunities for turning waste into revenue.
3. Practical steps for reducing food waste.
4. Case study:How the Oregon Convention Center's waste management strategies helped it to achieve LEED Platinum status.
5. What to look for on a site inspection and during your event to ensure waste management goals are met.


Sustainable Food and Beverage

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Our Sustainable Food and Beverage webinar featured speakers Nelson Drake, Director Food & Beverage, Whistler Conference Centre, Tracy Stuckrath, President & Chief Connecting Officer, Thrive! Meetings & Events and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Director, Sustainability, Green Meeting Industry Council to learn about sustainable food and beverage practices for meetings and events.  

The webinar covered:

1. Best practices for sustainable food and beverage menu design and service, including food waste reduction.

2. Understanding menu design and service to be inclusive with medical, faith-based and accessibility requirements.

3. Reviewing the significance of the APEX/ASTM certification and the process for attaining the certification.