EarthCheck Introduces Green Meetings Toolkit

EarthCheck, a benchmarking and certification program for the travel and tourism sector, has released a new toolkit for meetings and events, designed to help meeting planners comply with the ISO 20121 standard for sustainable events management.

Introduced last week, the “Responsible Meetings and Events Tool” walks planners through the ISO 20121 requirements and helps them prepare compliance reports on waste management, energy efficiency, ecosystem conservation and water management.

“In the new green economy there are now increasing expectations on large and small companies to deliver improved sustainability efforts. Having responsible meetings that start with green procurement and which do the right thing when it comes to reducing waste, energy and water can lead to significant economic and social benefits,” EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore said in a statement. “What we have developed is a simple and easy-to-use toolkit that supports our members through the event-planning process, making it easy to measure and minimize the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of events. It also puts these findings at the fingertips for compliance and reporting purposes.”

The assessment checklist provided in the new toolkit is free for EarthCheck’s 1,300 members across the world. EarthCheck also can provide an additional service to verify compliance to IS 20121 through an approved EarthCheck assessor and provide formal certification through a third-party auditor. Events that are verified by an EarthCheck assessor will be promoted on the company’s website and through its social media channels.

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