The Convention Industry Council announced today that the APEX/ASTM Standard Specifications for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences are one step closer to being published. The standards address nine key areas: accommodations, audiovisual and production, communications and marketing, destinations, exhibits, F&B, meeting venues, on-site offices and transportation. Representatives from the CIC's Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) have been working with ASTM International, a voluntary standards development organization, to develop the documents. The process has been completed for eight of the areas, the provisions for which are expected to be approved by the ASTM in July and August, after which they will be edited and published. Work on the final piece, accommodations, is expected to be completed soon after.