Accessible to All Parities Interested in Reviewing Draft Standards
Alexandria, VA ? The Convention Industry Council (CIC)?s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Panel on Green Meeting and Event Practices, in partnership with ASTM International, is defining what constitutes ?green” in the meetings and events industry. A virtual discussion site has been launched at http://wp.apexsolution.org to make the process accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection.
Past APEX accepted practices have been developed using the ASTM voluntary consensus model of gathering information and data to ensure accuracy and completeness. This spring and continuing through the summer, a series of City Discussion Groups will have met to review topics from the draft APEX/ASTM Green Meeting and Event Standard. The virtual site is an extension of the live groups and the latest draft of the standard can be reviewed by anyone at any time, as new topics are released. There are a total of nine topic areas which will make up the final standard.
As the Green Meeting and Event standard goes through ASTM?s committees and the APEX city and virtual discussion processes, changes will be incorporated as appropriate. The three topic areas currently on the virtual site and available for comment are: Destinations, Meeting Venue and Transportation. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in the APEX process and provide feedback on this website.
In the coming months, the remaining six topics areas, accommodations, audio/visual,
communication, exhibits, food and beverage, and on-site offices, will also be available for review on the site.
The process in developing green standards was initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in discussions with the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC). They agreed that there was a tremendous need in the meeting and event industry for a uniform measurement of environmental performance. By submitting the standards to the ASTM for approval, the standard developed will be an accredited standard. As the umbrella organization, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) is the natural place to bring together this unified industry effort.
?This is a great opportunity for all parties involved to work collaboratively on consistent standards for green meetings and events, because without a standard, anyone can call themselves ?green?. Endorsement by ASTM will lend credibility to the standards that evolved from this process,” said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Operating Officer of the CIC.
For more information, go to the www.APEXsolution.org website.
The Convention Industry Council?s 34 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC facilitates the exchange of information develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry and educates the public on its profound economic impact. CIC?s programs include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, and numerous industry resource projects.
APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council, is developing and implementing industry-wide accepted practices which will create and enhance efficiencies throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
About ASTM: ASTM International was originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. For over 100 years, ASTM International has maintained an unwavering commitment to its core capability and mission: the development of high quality, market-relevant standards. ASTM volunteer members create and deliver standards that make a difference to people everywhere. The organization supports the development through the Society?s world-class infrastructure. Since its inception, ASTM International has had an enduring role in facilitating a cleaner global environment. For example, ASTM has been involved in setting standards on Food Service Equipment which play an important part in the Environmental Protection Agency?s Energy Star Program (ASTM Committee F26).
About GMIC: The Green Meeting Industry Council is leading the meeting industry in improving meeting management by supporting collaboration and the development and dissemination of resources and opportunities that improve the environmental performance of meetings and events.