GMIC GWA Becomes Newest Official Chapter
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Posted by: Amanda Ulbrich
GMIC Greater Washington Area Chapter Becomes Official Chapter
PORTLAND, OR – Dec 5, 2012 – Today the Green Meeting
Industry Council (GMIC) announces the official launch of the GMIC Greater
Washington Area Chapter. The Greater Washington Area Chapter is headquartered
in Washington, DC and serves GMIC members and the meetings and events community
in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The chapter’s mission is to
improve the sustainability of events held within the Greater Washington Area
and to enable local members, through education and collaboration, to plan and
implement sustainable meetings across the world.
The inaugural chapter officers and board members include Kimberly
Lewis (Past President) US Green Building Council, Cara Unterkofler (President) Greenview,
Peggy Cusack (Vice President) Rendezvous Consulting Group, Lisa MacArthur
(Secretary) Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Rebecca Murphy
(Treasurer) National Association of College and University Business Officers.
"The GMIC GWA leadership team has been working hard for over
a year to officially form the chapter and develop a strategic plan for engaging
members. We’re excited to now be transitioning from forming and filing to
hosting engaging and fresh educational activities,” says GMIC GWA Chapter
President, Cara Unterkofler.
"GMIC Global is pleased to have an official chapter presence
in Washington, DC and the surrounding area, as it is the national epicenter for
association and government meeting professionals. We are delighted to have amazing local
leadership in DC to champion the integration of sustainability, as a strategic
value driver, into the delivery of successful meetings and events,” remarks
GMIC Global Executive Director, Tamara Kennedy-Hill.
For meeting planners, suppliers and venues interested in
learning more about how to plan and implement events that have a reduced
environmental impact and increased social impact, the GMIC GWA plans to hold
"Meet DC" events. These tailored events will allow members and
interested planners to engage inan in-depth review of one aspect of
sustainable event planning and examine it's application first-hand. Additionally,
the Chapter is connecting with other meeting planning organizations to co-host
training and informational sessions.
"Our goal is to be a resource in the niche area of "green
meetings” to other organizations serving the event planning community. Reducing
waste, increasing efficiency, supporting the local community, and strengthening
your brand are things all event planners and suppliers should be knowledgeable
about and can benefit from,” says Kimberly Lewis, Past Chapter President and
Senior Vice President of Community Advancement, Conference & Events at
For more information on the GMIC GWA Chapter, planners and
suppliers can visit www.gmicglobal.org/washingtondc.
For more information on membership and events, contact Peggy Cusack firstname.lastname@example.org.
About GMIC Global
The Green Meeting
Industry Council is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization whose mission is to
transform the global meetings industry through sustainability. The Council is a
professional organization with member affiliates in 20 countries, which
champions the implementation of sustainability practices and provides advocacy,
education, resources, and recognition of industry leadership. www.gmicglobal.org
About GMIC Greater Washington
The GMIC Greater Washington Area Chapter is a 501(c)(6) non-profit
organization based in Washington, DC. The Chapter’s mission is to improve the
sustainability of events held within the Greater Washington Area and to enable
members and community planners, through education and collaboration, to plan
and implement sustainable meetings across the country. www.gmicglobal.org/washingtondc