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Alexandria, VA 22314

ONE DROP, GMIC and ICCA for Change
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Reduce your carbon footprint …beginning with Just ONE DROP!




Ways to Make a Difference

Would you like to make a positive environmental and socially responsible contribution to help balance the impact of your flight to the 51st  ICCA Congress? ICCA is offering delegates the opportunity to make a voluntary donation for an environmental and social cause. Through a donation to the  ONE DROP Foundation you  are making a commitment to raising awareness about water issues around the globe and the impacts the meetings and events industry has on this precious resource all the while helping to create access to clean water for people all over the world. 
 
For short-haul flights we recommend a donation of  $10 USD (about 7.50 EURO).  For long-haul flights we recommend $20 USD (about 15.00 EURO).
 
Donations will be shown in the 2012 ICCA Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
 
  • Did you know that by replacing catered meal with a vegetarian option over a beef option for a conference of 300 delegates could save approximately  662,000 gallons of water (that is the equivalent to the size of an Olympic swimming pool) (source earthsave.org)
  • Did You know that EVERY YEAR, around the world, $100 billion is spent on bottled water... Just a quarter of that amount would provide access to safe drinking water to the whole planet! (source ONE DROP)
  • Did you know that new industry standards (APEX/ASTM) require at a commitment to a water conservation plan for Food and Beverage suppliers, encourages elimination of single serve bottle water usage and includes water as one of the measurement categories for all nine standards.


What to Do:

  • Make a Commitment to Change. Learn about simple ways you can save water and pledge to make a change in your home or work life. 


What is the ONE DROP Foundation?

ONE DROP—an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil®is an international non-governmental organization established in Canada, in 2007. ONE DROP fights poverty by supporting access to water and raising individual and community awareness of the need to mobilize so that safe water is accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow. With its uniquely artistic approach, ONE DROP educates and implements site-specific safe water solutions while allocating microfinance loans to help ensure sustainable development. Worldwide, ONE DROP’s ongoing creative projects also raise awareness about water-related issues and encourage smarter water practices. To learn more, visit ONEDROP.org.


Why has GMIC chosen to support ONE DROP?

In 2009, GMIC formed a strategic partnership relationship with The Natural Step, international NGO organization. As part of that partnership, GMIC adopted the TNS definition of sustainability and incorporated the TNS framework into its 2020 vision.

In the 4 system condition principles of the TNS, system condition #2 states that to operate in a sustainable society, we must eliminate our contribution to the progressive build up and use of man made materials/toxins. System condition #4 states that in this same society we must eliminate our contribution to conditions that undermine people’s capacity to meet their basic human needs.

In our industry, sustainability is most often focused on reducing the environmental impacts of events. While this is of the utmost importance, it is not the whole picture. Sustainability is often described by three impact areas, environmental, economic and social. Elements of social sustainability are often the hardest to measure and incorporate into a conference; as a result, this important part of creating a truly sustainable event is often left out of the equation. In selecting ONE DROP as the GMIC sustainability partner for 2012, GMIC is helping to address two of the TNS system conditions principles by raising awareness of water impact issues in context to the global meetings industry both from an environmental and social lens.