By Don Douloff, September 25, 2008
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) takes the lead in sustainable-event certification, as the first to implement the new certification of British Standard 8901 (BSi8901) at its London European Meetings and Events Conference at London ExCeL this April.
The certification is the world’s first sustainable event standard, developed specifically to guide the planning of the 2012 Olympic Games, in London, England. The MPI event focused specifically on sustainability in the economic, environmental and social areas. Working with Organise This, an on-site, sustainable event-management system was implemented, which included a community project and a team of volunteers.
MPI has been a key player in refining the standard and making it applicable specifically to the meetings industry, generating greater acceptance of the standard internationally before the certification is used to guide the development of other international events.