APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards

CIC’s APEX initiative, in partnership with ASTM International, has created the industry's first and only comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings.
The standards, composed of nine individual standards (sometimes referred to as "sectors") addressing the scope of the meeting and event planning process, give meeting and event organizers a comprehensive roadmap for improving and measuring event sustainability on an ongoing basis.

These formal, voluntary standards are focused around prescriptive actions, specific measurable targets for producing events in a more sustainable manner. Available electronically and in print through ASTM International, the standards may be also available bundled with education programs. You can get the standards here

And now, through CIC’s recently announced partnership with Avila Government Services, Inc and their online tool for sustainable meetings, the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program® (SMPP®), implementing the standards just got easier. The SMPP® tools help a planner navigate the APEX/ASTM standards and assist in planning, managing and scoring green meetings through easy to use scoring forms and check lists which work hand in hand with and reference back to the standards.

Benefits include: 

  • Breaks down technical language of the standards, making them easier to understand
  • Gives strategies and an implementation guide that helps with “how to” questions
  • Uses scoring forms to track and report progress to all stakeholders

To access the tool, please visit the SMPP website. Use the special CIC discount code CIC50 to receive a 50 percent discount on the SMPP® product.