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#feature IMEX AMERICA'S SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS: GREENHOUSES, GARDENS AND GROWING COMMITMENTS W hen IMEX America set out to be a new type of event for the U.S. meetings industry, it not only meant introducing and growing the hosted buyer model, but also coming out of the gate strong on sustainability and green meetings practices. Now going into its fourth year, IMEX America has accomplished much but has also learned much and is fully committed to continuing its mission to "provide a leading example of what events can accomplish to positively change industry practice and the world." Working with sustainability partners Meet Green - along with key stakeholders from the Sands Expo, The Venetian/Palazzo and overflow hotels, GES, transportation, registration and waste management - IMEX assessed themselves against APEX/ASTM Standards Level 1 and continued to evolve and improve overall green operations. Success Snapshot - Partnership is Key As part of this effort, key green performance statistics at last fall's show included: 12 @MPIGNY SPRING 2014 Attendees assemble Clean the World hygiene kits at IMEX America. * 90.32 percent of Sands Expo waste was diverted from the landfill and, when combined with the Venetian/Palazzo's 79.67 percent waste diversion performance, equaled a 10 percent combined increase from 2012. * 8,590 pounds of show material was donated to local charities including: 4,200 lbs. of carpet to three organizations, the plastic covering for the show floor carpeting to a Vegas coop for use as greenhouse covering, and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2014

Ask the Board
President’s Message
Speaking the Language of Sustainability
11 Delivering the ‘green’ at AIBTM 2014
IMEX America’s Sustainability Efforts: Greenhouses, Gardens and Growing Commitments
A CSR Preview of MPI’S WEC 2014
Greening Trends: Meeting Planners ‘go Local’ to Drive Down Costs
Sustainability at Caneel Bay Resort
Let’s Get Physical: Team Building for the Active Attendee
Delta Force
#Stickwithmpigny
Mpigny’s Engaging Evening
Legal Review
Member Spotlight
Fitness Focus
Notes From the Field
Asheville CVB Injects Unique Destination Flare Into Meetings
History Comes Alive in Boston
New Members
Advertiser’s Index

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