PORTLAND, ORE.—As part of its mission to “transform the global meetings industry through sustainability,” the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) has added the GMIC Oregon Chapter as its first affiliated chapter. “Sustainability, or ‘green meetings’ is not a new concept to Oregon; in fact our communities have been the leaders in this space for many, many years,” says Megan Rooksby, American Express Corporate Meeting Solutions, Oregon Chapter president.
“GMIC was founded in Portland, and continues to have an active membership base in this community,” adds GMIC executive director, Tamara Kennedy-Hill. “The meeting and hospitality leaders in Oregon have an established presence in the global sustainability movement.”
“GMIC’s Oregon chapter will unite our community through sustainable experiences and take the guesswork out of the process by providing its members with resources to implement sustainable standards to conduct truly ‘green’ meetings,” Rooksby says. “Our chapter is committed to engaging anyone who touches the meetings and events industry to join us in promoting and educating others on the value of sustainable business practices.”
GMIC defines a green meeting as incorporating environmental considerations through all stages of the planning process to minimize the negative impacts and contribute positively to host communities. GMIC has seen phenomenal growth in the past year with a 250 percent increase in membership with members in 16 countries worldwide. Currently GMIC has chapters-in-formation in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Florida, Northern California and Southern California and with expanding interest for development in Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Visit www.greenmeetings.info for more information or to find a chapter in your area.