August 25, 2009
Vancouver Convention Centre features a green roof.
The Convention Industry Council (CIC)’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Panel on green meetings and event practices has released the final draft standards for green meetings and events for review and comment by the meetings industry and to the ASTM International for review.
The process of developing green standards has been a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) and APEX to answer the need in the meeting and event industry for a uniform measurement of environmental performance.
By seeking ASTM’s approval, APEX will ensure that the standards it develops are fully accredited.
The APEX panel and volunteers from the meetings industry, government, international organizations and NGOs have worked hard during the past two years to draft what will be a well-planned first step in solidifying green meeting practices.
All comments are due by Sept. 11, 2009.
To participate in a discussion group, register through the APEX website
Alternatively, the draft standards may be viewed and feedback given at the APEX virtual blog site
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