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Green Meetings Programs and Resources

Federal Purchasers

Federal purchasers should be sure to read EPP's Greening Your Meetings and Conferences: A Guide For Federal Purchasers. EPA has developed these purchasing guides to help government purchasers consider environmental factors in purchasing decisions.

On this page you'll find:

EPA has compiled the non-EPA references and sources identified and/or linked to below that relate broadly and generally to the planning and implementation of "green" — or more sustainable — meetings, conferences and events both in the government and private sectors. These resources are provided here for informational purposes only, and inclusion on this site does not imply any EPA endorsement of these entities, their products or services.

To add another source or program equivalent to those on this list, please contact: ppic@epa.gov.

ASTM/APEX Green Meetings Standards

What are the ASTM/APEX Green Meetings Standards?

These standards are composed of nine individual sets of sector specifications addressing the scope of the meeting and event planning process. These include standards for the evaluation and selection of Accommodations, Meeting Venues, Destinations, Food and Beverage, Exhibits, On-Site Office, Transportation, Audio Visual, and Communications.

For more information and to purchase and download this standard visit the ASTM bookstore.

Sustainable United Nations: Green Meeting Guide 2009

The Guide focuses in particular on the most common type of meetings: small and medium sized meetings with up to 200 participants. It is structured to support those individuals and teams who are responsible for the organisation and the logistics related to the event. Its two core sections -"Green meetings: what to know" and "Green meetings: what to do"- will give the readers both the elements to explain the background and justification to organise a green meeting, and a practical checklist to guide the implementation phase.

Sustainable United Nations: Green Meeting Guide 2009 (PDF) (72 pp, 2.7M, About PDF)

Green Meeting Industry Council

What is the Green Meeting Industry Council?

The Green Meeting Industry Council is an important source of knowledge and expertise about sustainability in the meetings, incentives, events and conference industry. GMIC helps its members and the industry understand and achieve the benefits of sustainable practices by increasing the environmental performance, social value and business impact of their events and meetings. The Council is comprised of individual members and supporting businesses seeking to transform the meetings market to support green meetings.

What green meetings/hotels work do they do?

The Green Meeting Industry Council provides:

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

For further information visit Green Meeting Industry Council Exit Disclaimer, or contact:

Green Meeting Industry Council
6220 NE Glisan, Portland, Oregon 97213
Tel: 503.731.8971
Fax: 503.261.0964
Email: info@greenmeetings.info

Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

What is MPI?
Meeting Professionals International, a global meetings industry community, provides innovative knowledge and learning experiences for its more than 22,000 worldwide members, connecting people and ideas and creating marketplace opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organization delivers global human connections through its 68 chapters and clubs in 20 countries around the world.

MPI is committed to reducing the environmental and climate impact of meetings around the world. Recycling, reducing paper waste and forging environmentally-conscious business partnerships are a few of the steps MPI is taking down a "greener" path. Additionally, MPI continues to elevate the conversation among its global community about corporate social responsibility and sustainability by slating these vital topics in professional education conferences and events and insightful blogs on the Meeting Professionals International Exit Disclaimer Web site.

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

Bob Tess (btess@mpiweb.org)

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