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Travel Portland is Second Destination Marketing Organization in the World to Achieve New Sustainability Certification

Written by  iCompli/BPA Worldwide

Travel Portland, the destination marketing organization for Portland, Ore., has become the second in the world to be certified by a new international sustainability standard. Travel Portland achieved Level One certification with the new ASTM International standard pertaining to the “Evaluation and Selection of Destinations for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences.” The destination standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.

“Portland has a well-deserved reputation for environmental and social responsibility,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO, Travel Portland. “Achieving this certification is confirmation of Portland’s commitment to sustainability and gives meeting planners one more reason to choose Portland as their next meeting destination.”

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization, developed the certification protocols for the ASTM International standards and performed the independent third party certification of the Oregon Convention Center’s compliance with the venue standard.

The ASTM Destination Standard clarifies the procedural requirements for destination selection -- the practice of researching, evaluating and choosing the location for a meeting or event. The standard outlines specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners. These new industry standards were created in partnership with ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials - http://www.astm.org), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards development organization.

Michael Luehrs, President of the Green Meeting and Industry Council (GMIC) said, “We are very pleased to see a destination that is well-known for its environmental and social commitment adopt the standard and obtain independent certification.”

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