GMIC Education Roadmap Gives Life to APEX/ASTM Standards
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Posted by: Tamara Kennedy-Hill
‘This is Our
GMIC Education Roadmap Gives Life to APEX/ASTM
PORTLAND, OR—The world’s leading
sustainable meetings association is rolling out a wide-ranging professional
education roadmap that puts practical resources behind the drive for green
The announcement by the Green Meeting
Industry Council (GMIC) comes just a week after the official publication of eight
for sustainable meetings, released after years of development by the Accepted
Practices Exchange (APEX) and ASTM International.
"This is our moment,” said GMIC President Paul Salinger, Vice President-Marketing
at Oracle Corporation.
"Corporations and associations have been
asking for a recognized standard to help define what makes a meeting more
sustainable. Meeting professional, facilities, and destinations have been
looking for the training and education to put those principles into practice. Now,
APEX/ASTM is a reality, and GMIC is ready to deliver.”
A New Roadmap
GMIC has already introduced a popular certificate
course on the foundations of sustainable meeting planning, as well as a
seven-step program on integrating APEX/ASTM into meeting operations. The
association has also trained a dozen trainers to deliver sustainable meetings
education based on the APEX/ASTM standards.
The new roadmap calls for the association
to develop and deliver nearly two dozen new training modules by July 2014, each
addressing a key aspect of sustainable meetings practice at one of three levels
The roadmap covers three key content areas:
and industry standards
and next practices
Understanding the Standards
GMIC Executive Director Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP said the roadmap
covers a menu of emerging standards, of which the APEX/ASTM series is just one.
Others include the Event
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Organizers Sector Supplement, developed by
the Global Reporting Initiative, and ISO20121, currently under
development by the International Organization for Standardization.
"The past four years have
seen a global effort to develop sustainable meeting standards and reporting
guidelines, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how to apply these
principles in the real world,” she said. "The industry needs a single, one-stop
resource to help planners and decision-makers understand the standards, decide
which ones to use for different purposes, and get on with the job. GMIC is the
only meetings association devoted full-time to sustainability, so it’s our job
to put that training in place.”
- Watch for news on the development of the GMIC education roadmap and
- GMIC will officially roll out its
certificate programs at the 2012 Sustainable Meetings
Conference, April 22-25, 2012 in Montreal, and through
advance workshop opportunities at select GMIC chapter locations.
- On June 9, GMIC will deliver a pre-conference workshop on the
APEX/ASTM standards as part of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
Conclave in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC)
is the premier global community solely dedicated to sustainable meetings and
events through education, research, policy, and standards. As an active member
of the Convention Industry Council (CIC), GMIC inspires and trains leaders at
all levels to make meetings better through sustainable solutions.
Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP
Green Meeting Industry Council
(888) 450-2098 ext. 20
[*] There are nine standards in the APEX/ASTM series.
Release of the last one is pending.