According to recent research 67% of meeting and incentive professionals have taken environmental considerations into account when planning a conference or incentive program (IMEX 2007).
The corporate model is fast changing to one where sustainability is no longer fringe, but mainstream. 2007 promises to be an unprecedented year for the global meetings industry. In response to this trend the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is helping to prepare meeting professionals to meet the challenges of a sustainable approach and experience how greener meetings are creating better meetings.
On the heels of a successful annual conference in Portland, Oregon in February the GMIC is pleased to release The Future is Green: Charting a Sustainable Future for Meetings. The report is the outcome of a dynamic workshop that engaged a diversity of meeting and sustainability professionals in answering the question: If our vision as individuals is to make meetings more sustainable what can we and our partners do in 2007 to make this happen?
The report provides a snapshot of sustainable practice by the industry, highlighting best practices by leaders in destination management, accommodations, food and beverage, exhibits and meeting planning. The report also outlines the GMIC’s commitment to action on sustainability and issues an invitation for others to join in the process.