There are hundreds of definitions of sustainability, and many people agree and disagree on what should be included. At the GMIC we follow the «Natural Step» Principles that define 4

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On a scale to most , the number and size of  healthcare meetings and events dwarfs other sectors. While meeting planners and marketers in the  IT and energy sector have

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A lot of people still ask me what is the business case for sustainability in the meetings industry. I normally smile and politely give them a few answers and then

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Yesterday I was privileged to be in Estoril, Portugal and to be organising a seminar program about sustainable events. The days previous to the event I was participating in a

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When well-meaning ‘green meeting’ planners ask hotels to commit to sustainable practices (e.g. purchasing locally produced food products; providing ‘bulk’ soap/shampoo dispensers in guest rooms, etc) they inadvertently put hotel

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Dispatch from the front line of the meetings industry: Potential Client: «We have a great idea and need your help with making it happen» Destination Management professional: «Great! Tell me

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As ‘green’ initiatives are becoming more and more established internationally, social responsibility is now the most important—and most difficult—issue leaders must address if the industry is to remain viable over

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This recent article about food waste in the United States, and the energy it represents, offers reminder that this is an area worthy of focus for event professionals and their

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Next week, in sunny Vancouver, BC,  Meeting Professionals International will present the 2010  World Education Congress.  There, the Green Meetings Industry Council will present for the first time ever an

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Many have observed that the BP oil spill is a reminder that corporate responsibility to community and the environment requires more than a clever re-brand. There’s something missing from the

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