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