The US-based initiative to create new voluntary standards for sustainable events will, once finalized and accepted, drive real change in markets beyond US borders. If you have any interest, business or personal with sustainable practices within the meetings industry (and if you’re reading this, you do!), you have a vested interest in the outcome of these far reaching standards. The APEX standards initiative is at a critical review stage and welcomes your input.
The initiative addresses 9 unique areas related to the meetings industry (Hotels, venues, transportation, audio/visual services, food and beverage, communication, event planner actions and the destination itself) and each of these areas now have a draft standard. The APEX web site (link above) provides access to the standards, by area, and blog format to offer your comments.
Important note: these standards, which offer specific expectations for tactical actions in support of sustainable practices, are designed to work in tandem with the BS8901 standard, which is the best and most recognized management system from which sustainable events can emerge (think of BS8901 as the closet with shelves and the APEX standards as, well, all your stuff).
The APEX standards will dramatically influence the meetings industry as we know it. Be heard. Weigh in.