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Green Meeting Industry Council

8152 SW Hall Blvd. #224 Beaverton 97008

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is the premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in meetings and events. Our mission is to transform the global meetings industry through sustainability. Comprised of more than 650 active members in 20 countries, we inspire change by developing policy and measurable standards. We have 12 active chapters (Atlanta, GA; Canada, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Florida/Caribbean,  Colorado, Las Vegas, NV; The Netherlands, Italy, Iberia, Sweden) with five more in development (UK/Ireland, Taiwan, Mexico, Washington DC and New York). The GMIC seeks to inspire, educate and support leaders of all levels and disciplines who will help transform the global meetings industry to adopt more sustainable practices – the journey is on-going. To accomplish this, we provide advocacy, education, resources, industry research and recognition of leadership.

The Green Meeting Industry Council is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. The Council is a membership-based, professional organization which provides educational resources to planners, suppliers, and venues seeking to address the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainability in the meetings industry.

In 2011 alone:

More than 860 people have attended our series of webinars on topics ranging from creating an environmental policy for your business to building your green event team to planning sustainable food and beverage approaches for your events. Hosted by industry leaders, best practices and case studies are shared and examined in detail to highlight successful solutions. The series continues.

250 senior level event professionals, plus 50 virtual, attended GMIC's signature conference, The Sustainable Meetings Conference in February 2011, in Portland, Oregon (USA). The 2012 conference will be in Montreal, CANADA at the Hilton Bonaventure, April 22-25, 2012. Content for this conference focuses on three pillars of sustainable event management: international sustainable event standards, operational advancement and innovative meeting design. Registration is live for this event.

The APEX/ASTM Standards are international standards formed out of the US, that seek to provide a baseline of performance measurement with clear sustainability criteria for planning a sustainable event.  These standards were developed in concert with GMIC, the Convention Industry Council , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the global meetings and events community.  GMIC will spearhead training workshops related to these standards, and other international standards including ISO and GRI, when they are officially released into the marketplace. 

As part of its mission to help leaders at all levels, GMIC recently developed a certificate course focusing on the principles of sustainable event management. This is a fundamental course to aid event organisers and suppliers to understand the business case of sustainability, increase operational effectiveness, improve supplier/planner stakeholder engagement and prepare for measurement and reporting. This course will be available in the marketplace by fall 2011.





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