March 28, 2013

IMEX America 2012 achieved 63 percent compliance with the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards, Level 1, according to an audit conducted for the Las Vegas-located show by MeetGreen. Among other findings:
• 87.5 percent of exhibit waste from the Sands Expo and Convention Center was diverted from landfills;
• 40 percent of food served at The Venetian|The Palazzo and the Sands Expo and Convention Center met sustainability criteria;
• 12 metric tons of organics and service waste were composted by facilities, and
• 94 percent of the total carpet on show floor was recycled from previous events.
• 63 hours of staff and attendee volunteer time were donated to Clean the World, Opportunity Village and the Shade Tree (helping abused women and children), and $5,000 was raised for Opportunity Village and Shade Tree through the IMEX Badge Back Program.
• More than 1,800 kilograms of show food and exposition materials were donated to local charities, and by working with Clean the World, attendees sorted partially used hotel soaps and bottled amenities for recycling into 300 hygiene kits that were donated to the Shade Tree.
   "Creating a more sustainable show is a long road but a worthwhile one," said Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. "It takes plans and processes, but most importantly, people across every role, job and vested organization to make change happen. Learning and bumps are all part of the experience, as sustainability is never truly 'finished.'  It's exciting to see our industry working toward stronger stewardship and to be a part of such progressive action. We're keen to share our experiences in an open and transparent way so that others can learn from them."