ISO 20121 Case Study by Plaza Anthenee Bangkok

How does ISO20121 help organisations integrate sustainability better in their event operations? Where is the value in the standard and what principles can you take away today to improve events? ...

APEX/ASTM Standard

Designing sustainable events is a process. Fortunately there are a set of standards to help planners move beyond the green meeting baby steps everyone knows. If you’re serious about reducing the negative environmental impact of your events and creating a healthier working relationship with your host communities, consider aligning your planning procedures to APEX/ASTM standards. The APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards were developed to: Be measurable Allow for different levels of engagement, from beginning to advanced-level strategy Address the need for written internal and external policies Hold both meeting planners and suppliers accountable for implementation Complement other recognized meeting industry standards The standards address nine major event design areas: Audio-visual production Accommodations Communications Destination selection Exhibits Food and beverage Meeting venue Onsite office Transportation  Within each of the above areas, there are eight categories of environmental and societal impact that meeting professionals need to address. Staff management and environmental policy Communication Waste management Energy Air quality Water Procurement Community partners  Some of the categories match up well with the design areas. For example, measuring the energy use of a general session’s audio-visual can be done by venue audit. But others appear counter-intuitive. Why, you might ask, would it be mandatory to address water use in a communication strategy? This is why it’s helpful to have a guide to help you decipher the standards. Because there are solutions that may not appear obvious at first. Certification in the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards is offered in three tiers. First party is done by the person or organization applying for certification by self-auditing. Second party is done by someone interested in...

Sustainable Event Design Begins at Home

Creating sustainability initiatives is easy. It’s getting people to comply that’s hard. That’s why you should define internal sustainability policies at the office before trying to green an entire conference. Understanding what your team has been able to adopt and why will help you explain the importance of compliance to clients, attendees and vendors. And if your company has strong waste-reduction or other eco-initiatives in place, all internal and external events will become a natural extension of its brand values. Here are some suggestions for ways you can minimize environmental and maximize societal impact at work, based on the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards: Staff management and environmental policy Create a carpool, ride share or bike to work program for employees Make the best parking spots available only to group ride vehicles/bikes Reward employees for participation in environmental and/or wellness initiatives Create fun ways for teams to compete to be the most sustainable Reimburse employees for using public transportation Donate any money paid by recycling processing plants to a charity of the employees’ choosing Create a 21st-century “swear jar,” where employees have to pay a symbolic fee to whenever they leave lights on or violate another policy; donate the money to charity of choice Create telecommuting options Have firm hours the office closes and has to shut down (e.g., 6 pm, no weekends) Buy carbon offsets to counter yearly energy consumption Weigh recycling before it’s carted away Communication Create digital rather than paper-based ways to communicate, collaborate and share files Enforce a double-sided printing rule Eliminate personal printers; have one printer per group Waste management Recycle paper, aluminum and...

Great video on Las Vegas Sands ECO360 – Green Meetings

The Sands ECO360˚ Meetings program is a holistic approach to providing environmentally preferable choices and options to meeting planners and clients. It extends Las Vegas Sands Corp’s sustainability efforts to meeting and convention customers, giving them the opportunity to host gatherings in a more environmentally friendly way. Source:...

Edinburgh International Conference Centre Beats New Targets for Waste and Recycling

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has beaten tough new targets to cut food and associated packaging waste and increase recycling in a UK-wide Hospitality and Food Service voluntary agreement. The agreement aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% and increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste, which is being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted, up to 70% by 2015. Source:...

BALÉLEC FESTIVAL: The First SWISS Event 20121 ISO Certified!

Seven years after the first Swiss Festival to certify its environmental management system ISO 14001: 2004, the organizing committee is pleased to announce that it was awarded by the certification body ProCert 20121 ISO: 2012 for its new management system integrating the principles of sustainable development. This dual certification is an exemplary approach and the organizing committee hopes that it will be recognized and followed by other events in Switzerland. Do not hesitate to contact us at iso@balelec.ch for more information. A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE STANDARD This management standard published in 2012 is specially dedicated to events of all types and sizes in which the organization is committed to establish, implement, maintain and improve a system of responsible management integrating the principles of sustainable development. Standard and provides a framework for identifying impacts, both social, economic and environmental potential negative activities, to remove or mitigate, and take advantage of more positive impact through improved planning and process. WHY INTEGRATE SUCH AN APPROACH? Since 2007, the organization has built an environmental management system certified ISO 14’001 and identified areas for improvement in terms of its impact on the environment. The organization wanted to expand its system in order to have a more comprehensive view of its impact and strengthen dialogue with its stakeholders . Better target the needs and expectations of its partners is crucial to maintain the success of the Festival in the long term. 20’121 ISO standard provides a framework ideally suited to the needs and priorities of each event and the full ISO 14’001 system already established by the organization. This post was produced from this...