by Lisa Grimaldi | May 01, 2008

The International Special Events Society, based in Chicago, has launched a green advisory council. The group, which has six members, all based in the United States, began last year as a task force and became an official body of ISES in January. The council plans to add one member each from Europe and the Middle East this year.

The council aims to compile green ideas and best practices from ISES chapters in both the United States and abroad to create guidelines for the events industry, along with a database of members who offer green products and services.

Joella Hopkins, CSEP, CMP, a member of the council, said one key area ripe for guidelines is printing. “The special events industry uses many publications that can’t be put online, such as tribute journals and program books,” she noted. “But we can make them greener by using soy-based inks and recycled paper.”