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GMIC Powers Sustainability Education at IMEX - G650

Wednesday, May 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tamara Kennedy-Hill
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   GMIC Global Proudly Partners with IMEX

   Powering Event Sustainability Education

   Visit the Sustainability Hub - G650


Date Start Time End Time Session Title Presenter Description
21/05/2013 Tuesday 11:00 11:30 Itsy Bitsy Spider Amy Spatrisano, Principal, MeetGreen Level: All Levels

This session explores how to overcome being consistently washed away by colleagues or leadership in your attempts to integrate and engage in sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

1) Appreciate how the traits of a spider can serve as support for sustainable action

2) Discuss ways to stay motivated in the face of opposition

3) Realize the potential of your impact to influence change

21/05/2013 Tuesday 13:30 14:00 Discover the Power of Taking Action Roger Simons, Group Sustainability Manager, MCI, Claudia van't Hullenaar, Principal Marketing Specialist, Symantec Level: Intermediate

Learn from a real world case study how sustainability at events can bring your brand values alive, enhance the event experience and deliver value for your business. Discover how Symantec focused on the responsible implementation of their leading EMEA customer event Vision 2012 in Barcelona with a focus on waste, merchandising, food & beverage, accommodation, community outreach and communication.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Learn how to leverage your brand's CR values and overcome barriers

2) Take away practical experience of the do's and don'ts at large scale corporate events

3) Understand how a structured approach and integration of sustainability in every step leads to success

21/05/2013 Tuesday 14:30 15:00 Sustainable Menu Planning Mariela McIlwraith, President, Meeting Change Level: All Levels

How do you select a sustainable menu? This session will examine the main issues related to sustainable food including menu choices, waste reduction and negotiating special arrangements.

Learning Outcomes

1) Truth or fiction: learn to identify sustainable menu options

2) Learn best practices for reducing food waste

3) Learn about negotiating special arrangements for sustainable menu options

22/05/2013 Wednesday 11:00 11:30 Extreme Event Makeover: Charitable Edition Lindsey Rosenthal, Chief Strategist, Events For Good Level: Beginner

Social good has become a major buzz word in the events and meetings industry in recent years, but you may find it difficult to build it into your event, and more importantly, answer the question, why should we? During this session you will learn about many opportunities to add charitable components, finding the right one for your organization, the ease of adding them to your existing events, and new ventures, as well as the age-old question, what's in it for me?

Learning Outcomes

1) Identify concerns about the introduction of charitable components to their events

2) Choose a charitable component that best fits their event character and audience

3) Learn how to find the ROI and sustainable benefits of charitable components, and how to best make your case to others

22/05/2013 Wednesday 12:00 12:30 Meetings as Conservers, Creators & Catalysts Mariela McIlwraith, President, Meeting Change Level: Beginner

In this session we'll explore how meetings and events can act as conservers of natural and financial resources, how they can create positive change through community service, and act as catalysts by inspiring future positive behaviours.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Learn about easy and cost saving sustainable event practices

2) Learn about best practices for community service projects

3) Learn how to inspire sustainable behaviour by stakeholders including suppliers and participants

22/05/2013 Wednesday 13:30 14:00 Business Benefits of Implementing Sustainability Mike Fletcher, Communications, Positive Impact Level: All Levels

Using International frameworks ISO 20121 and GRI EOSS to derive business benefits from the implementation of sustainability - examples of how this works in practise and achievements using case study examples

Learning Outcomes:

1) Understand context of ISO 20121 and GRI EOSS

2) Appreciate business benefits of implementing sustainability

3) Hear from other case study examples of best practise

22/05/2013 Wednesday 14:30 15:00 Shades of Green Amy Spatrisano, Principal, MeetGreen Level: All Levels

What shade of sustainability are you now, what shade do you aspire to become? Discover how IMEX altered their shade of green thru their case study. Come prepared to explore where you are and where you what to be.

Learning Outcomes

1) Explore the shades of sustainability

2) Discover ways to alter your shade of green

3) Determine your own desired shade of green

23/05/2013 Thursday 11:00 11:30 Introducing Meetovation - An Innovative Framework for Designing Effective and Sustainable Meetings Steen Jakobsen, Director, Copenhagen Convention Bureau Focus on the concept of Meetovation and how sustainability is an important and integrated part of planning meetings with a higher return on investment. With Meetovation as a framework I will aim to prove the business case of sustainability in meetings and events.

23/05/2013 Thursday 12:00 12:30 GRI Reporting: Case Study Sustainable Events Summit Babs Nijdam, Business Development Manager, Amsterdam RAI Level: All Levels

Looking at best practise GRI reporting - particularly to GRI EOSS, current developments and take up within the industry and using the case study example of the Sustainable Events Summit in terms of how a GRI report can be compiled and the process for gathering information and data.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Understand GRI EOSS

2) How to create a GRI report

3) How to gather data for your GRI report

23/05/2013 Thursday 13:30 14:00 Locational Factor Sustainability Matthias Schultze, Managing Director, GCB German Convention Bureau This session demonstrates how sustainability is implemented within Germany in the meetings and events industry and also at the German Convention Bureau. It also looks at sustainability in the future.

23/05/2013 Thursday 14:30 15:00 The Value of CSR in the Meeting Industry Andrew Walker, Manager - Events, Meeting Professionals International Level: All Levels

Consumers are driving companies to environmental and social responsibility, which will become even more important in the effort to retain customers in the next five to 10 years. But what does this mean for you and your business? In this session, we’ll explore MPI's research into CSR conducted by the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Metropolitan University and understand its benefits and barriers.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Discover ways to integrate CSR in your meetings and events

2) Understand the benefits of CSR

3) Recognize some of the barriers that exist