by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 26, 2016

The Convention Industry Council - the governing body representing 33 member organizations, more than 103,500 individuals, and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry - has announced that the Green Meetings Industry Council will become a council of the CIC. The GMIC's mandate will be to advocate for and educate on sustainability issues for the CIC's members.

"I'm deeply proud of our community of very dedicated individuals and this important step for sustainability in the events industry," said Roger Simons, CMP, chair of the GMIC board of directors. "The evolution of the organization in hand with the CIC allows us to amplify our voice, to better advocate and educate for sustainability, whilst ensuring that unwavering focus on our original founding mission."

Founded in 2003 by Amy Spatrisano, CMP, and Nancy Zavada, CMP, of what was then Portland, Ore.-based Meeting Strategies Worldwide and is now MeetGreen, GMIC dedicated itself to improving the environmental, social, and community performance of meetings and events through education and advocacy.

The CIC and the GMIC have worked together before. The GMIC was instrumental in developing green standards for the meetings industry through the CIC's APEX Initiative, publishing first a white paper on green-meeting practices, authored by a task force that was headed by Spatrisano, and then developing the APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meetings Standards that came out in 2012. 

Under the CIC, the GMIC is expected to be aligned as the go-to source for neutral and credible resources, information and a community to advance sustainable practices for the industry.

"GMIC is the meetings industry's most respected authority on sustainability, and the board of directors has been working tirelessly over the last several months to finalize an exciting new partnership to take GMIC to new heights," said Karen Kotowski, CMP, CEO of the umbrella organization. "The CIC is looking forward not only to helping GMIC return to its roots as a council leading the conversation on sustainability in the meeting and events industry, but also to support it by expanding its reach through CIC members and CMP communities to drive the industry toward these practices."

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