GMIC Introduces Green Meetings Portal

In partnership with The Conference Publishers Inc., the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) has launched a new Web site dedicated to knowledge sharing in the realm of green meetings, it announced last week. The new site, the Green Meetings Portal, is intended to be a "one-stop knowledge source on green meetings practice, policy and technology."

"With the whole rationale for meetings under serious attack, the Green Meetings Portal reinforces the incredible value participants receive when they gather for face-to-face learning and discussion," GMIC President Amy Spatrisano, CMP, said in a statement. "At the same time, the site will demonstrate a method of using online resources and communities to extend the life and multiply the impact of live events."

Funded for at least a year via sponsorship from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Green Meetings Portal in its first six months will feature green meetings content from at least a dozen different conferences and conventions—the first of which being GMIC's annual meeting, the 2009 Greening the Hospitality Industry Conference, which was held Feb. 24-25, 2009, in Pittsburgh.

"There may be dozens or hundreds of conferences around the world that touch on the process of greening meetings, or reducing the environmental footprint of the buildings and services that make meetings possible," said The Conference Publishers President and CEO Mitchell Beer, CMM. "The Green Meetings Portal will give the meetings industry a single window on the green strategies that will help it survive and thrive."

The Green Meetings Portal features a dozen different theme areas, ranging in subject matter from green facilities, food and beverage, and transportation to corporate social responsibility, climate change and carbon.

For more information about the new Web site, visit it at SustainableMeetingsPortal.com.