iCompli Sustainability

09 Jul

MONTRÉAL, July 6, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and the Palais des congrès de Montréal are pleased to announce that Montréal has recently been certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards, a certification that solidifies the city's reputation as a leading destination for hosting environmentally sustainable events. Crafted by over 300 professionals from different sectors of the business tourism industry, the ASTM-APEX standards are the first in North America to establish performance criteria for sustainable practices and responsible management systems for tourism stakeholders in the meetings sector. They cover different elements of event organization, including meeting venues, communications, audiovisual, transportation, accommodations, food and beverage, energy, onsite offices and exhibits.

Developed in partnership with Green Meetings and Events, the certification gives Montréal truly enviable positioning in an extremely competitive global market in which business clients are increasingly attuned to the issues of sustainable development and respect of the environment.

The certification gives Montréal truly enviable positioning in an extremely competitive global market.

"Montréal is a popular destination, well known for hosting conventions and international events of all kinds. We are proud to have contributed to obtaining this accreditation, which certifies that our city is a green destination, particularly for event and conference tourism. The ASTN-APEX standard underscores our commitment to making Montréal a sustainable metropolis, in keeping with our aspirations and the needs of future generations," said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre.

"Several years ago, Tourisme Montréal embarked on an ambitious and pioneering green movement. We knew it was important, in collaboration with our tourism industry partners, to respond to the major challenges of sustainable development and the growing preoccupations on the subject held by different industry stakeholders. Today, we are proud of the results we have achieved. Montréal is now recognized as one of North America's leading urban tourism destinations for hosting environmentally sustainable events," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

"Ten years ago, the Palais undertook a sustainable development approach, which materializes in the form of an ambitious action plan, a BOMA BESt (Level 3) certification, a strong sustainable events program and an innovative showcase of green roof technologies that includes a vegetable garden and beehives," said André Saucier, Vice-President, Finance and Administration and responsible of sustainable development at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. "We are proud to contribute to positioning Montréal as a leading destination for sustainable events", he adds.

iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide, developed the certification protocol for the ASTM-APEX standards and acted as an independent third party in the auditing process to ensure that Tourisme Montréal complied with the Destination category criteria. "Our standards certification process, which was driven by GMIC [Green Meetings Industry Council] and adopted by Tourisme Montréal, is part of a long partnership with the events industry to encourage transparency and eco-responsible practices," said Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide.

This certification follows Tourisme Montréal's recent Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum Award as part of the Leadership Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media, which annually awards Canadian tourism organizations for socially, economically and environmentally responsible practices.

About Tourisme Montréal

Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the "Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Recipient of the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates major economic benefits for Québec. www.congresmtl.com

About iCompli Sustainability

Compli Sustainability (iCompli) is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit organization established in 1931. The world's largest media audit company, BPA's audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies' sustainability claims.

 

SOURCE Tourisme Montréal

17 Jun

GES exceeds APEX/ASTM Level One certification and achieves Level Two

LAS VEGAS - June 16, 2015 – Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global full-service provider for live events has become the first general service contractor to be certified to an international sustainability standard for the meetings and event industry.  GES exceeded Level One and achieved Level Two certification to the Accepted Practices EXchange/American Society for Testing and Materials (APEX /ASTM) Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. 

GES has a long and ongoing commitment to sustainable practices. Its operations in the United Kingdom are ISO 20121 certified, a complex and challenging international standard accreditation that takes a management systems approach to running more sustainable events.

Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry are a global concern.  We are delighted that GES has earned this prestigious certification and celebrate their adoption of the industry standard in this sector.
Connie Bergeron

”We are proud to be the first and only general service contractor to be certified to the APEX/ASTM international sustainability standard,” said GES President, Steve Moster.  “GES achieved Level Two certification at every facility across the U.S. that services exhibitions and events, ensuring that no matter what city you hold an event or are exhibiting, GES has a certified location with the best resources and practices to help you achieve your sustainability goals.”

“This is great news for GES and for the event industry,” said David Dubois, president and CEO, of International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).   “The general services contractor (GSC) is the central player in producing a sustainable event as it touches multiple areas of an event.   We hope the GES certification will encourage others to follow suit.”  

The APEX/ASTM Exhibit Standard delineates the procedural requirements for exhibits and exhibitions for meetings, events, trade shows or conferences.  The standard specifies performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners.  The standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an American National Standards Institute accredited standards development organization.

Connie Bergeron, CMP, president, Green Meeting and Industry Council (GMIC), the non-profit professional meetings association that led the development of the APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, added, “Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry are a global concern.  We are delighted that GES has earned this prestigious certification and celebrate their adoption of the industry standard in this sector.”

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut developed the certification protocols for the APEX/ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of GES’ compliance with Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide, commented, “Our certification of the event sustainability standards driven by GMIC and now adopted by GES continues our long-standing partnership with the event industry to promote transparency.” 

GES partnered with the University of San Francisco Department of Hospitality Management to review its sustainable practices and ensure its facilities were operating as sustainable as possible.

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About GES

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing exhibitions, conferences, congresses, corporate events, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including MAGIC, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, and L’Oreal. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past six years, and for the sixth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information visit www.ges.com.

About the Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council is a) non-profit, membership-based professional organization which provides educational resources to planners, suppliers, and venues seeking to meet the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainable meetings. www.gmicglobal.org.

About iCompli

iCompli is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli provides GRI reporting services (gap analysis, competitor benchmarking and external assurance) and third-party certification of ASTM and ISO event standards. www.bpaww.com.

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11 May
Certification under ASTM by iCompli Sustainability is part of a larger group of sustainability commitments that the PGA National has made.

The Palm Beach National Resort & Spa in Florida has become a leader in the area of sustainable events and venues.

iCompli Sustainability worked with their team to certify PGA National to undergo the ASTM Standard for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences, in addition to the ASTM Standard for Accommodations.

Certification under ASTM by iCompli Sustainability is part of a larger group of sustainability commitments that the PGA National has made. This includes their “Fore the Planet” commitment to Green Lodging, a defined sustainability policy, green event and meeting services and a partnership to support local wildlife initiatives.

We want to congratulate the PGA National Resort on their achievement. To learn more about their initiatives and commitments follow this link.

Ready to take the next step and become a leader in your field? Find out how we can help you become ASTM certified.

 

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