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#feature PREVIEW OF MPI'S WEC 2014 BY ANDREW WALKER A ccording to the independent federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), MinneapolisSt. Paul ranked No. 1 among the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States for volunteerism in 2012. In fact, 36.7 percent of residents (951,300) volunteered on average 36.6 hours each that year, equating to 97.6 million hours of service and $2.2 billion of service contributed. This spirit of volunteerism has inspired Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to make giving back to the community even more prominent at the upcoming World Education Congress (WEC), which will be held August 2-5, 2014 in Minneapolis. Building on the success of the highly rated session Helping Hands: Connecting Heads, Hands, and Hearts at WEC 2013, where more than 700 participants assembled 230 prosthetic hands for amputees in developing countries, MPI, in partnership with Meet Minneapolis and the WEC 2014 Host Committee, will dedicate a full day to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. WEC attendees will be able to connect with one of several meaningful projects that will directly benefit the local community - whether they have 10 minutes or an hour to spare. Another CSR component first introduced in 2013 and added to the program again this year is the back-ofhouse tour of the host venue. Participants will have the opportunity to see first-hand how major meeting facilities such as the Minneapolis Convention Center can maximize the economic, environmental and social benefits of the meetings and events that they host. This is one of several sustainability-focused education sessions that will give participants the opportunity to learn from the experts and help improve their own organization's contribution to CSR. In addition to WEC 2014 programming, MPI's commitment to sustainability will extend to the way in which the meeting will be managed in terms of the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. To formalize this process, MPI is working towards the implementation of the Downtown Minneapolis - the site of MPI's WEC 2014. 14 @MPIGNY SPRING 2014 new international event sustainability management systems standard, ISO 20121. As part of this initiative, the MPI Event Sustainability Policy was revised and re-launched on July 1, 2013. The updated policy includes a commitment to re-engaging MPI's stakeholders to identify the sustainability issues that should be addressed within the ISO 20121 management system, including: * ENVIRONMENTAL - How to use and conserve resources, what materials to choose and how to manage event waste, water and energy usage, air quality and carbon footprint. * SOCIAL - How to address labor standards, health and safety, local community, cultural issues, accessibility, equity, heritage and religious sensitivities, while ensuring ongoing stakeholder satisfaction. * ECONOMIC - How to manage budgets to ensure fiscal responsibility and strong economic performance, as well as return on investment or experience, benefits to the local economy and direct/indirect economic impact to stakeholders. For more details about CSR programming and practices planned for WEC 2014, please check out MPI's website in the coming months at www.mpiweb.org/Events/WEC2014. @ Andrew Walker serves as manager of events for Meeting Professionals International (MPI). He has a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree, specializing in Sustainable Meeting and Event Management, and is an active member of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC). Walker previously served on GMIC's board of directors for three years, 2010-2013. http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/WEC2014

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
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

@MPIGNY - Spring 2014