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What aspect of the ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards are applicants finding to be the most challenging?

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There are nine “sectors” which make up the ASTM standards that address the full scope of the meeting and event planning process. Each sector contains eight categories (i.e. Staff Management and Environmental Policy, Communications, Energy, Air Quality, Water, Waste Management, Procurement and Community Partners) that include specific criteria which must be met to prove compliance and achieve certification. Procurement has been the most challenging so far for applicants. Satisfying the criteria for purchasing local, sustainable or recycled/recyclable goods has typically not been a problem, it’s specifically the process of tracking these purchases to determine if the sustainable purchasing criteria has been met.

Karl Pfalzgraf, Practice Leader

Vice President, Sustainability Services

Karl is the Practice Leader for iCompli Sustainability. He has a broad background in GRI reporting and assurance with more than 20 years of experience developing strategic sustainability communications and executing programs at the international level. Most recently, he served as Director, Business Development with AccountAbility, a leading international corporate responsibility think tank and consultancy. Previously Karl was Director, Global Brand and Communications at PwC, where he was responsible for global sustainability communications. Earlier in his career, Karl was Vice President, Corporate Communications at J.P. Morgan. He is a Member of the ANAB Committee of Experts for Event Sustainability and is a LEED Green Associate. Karl has led the development of the certification program for the ASTM sustainability standards. 

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