For those of you involved in the greening of our industry, I can share with you my appreciation for all of the work that Amy Spatrisano, CMP, has done in our industry to bring awareness and education around the green meetings and events movement.
A lot of best practices that your attendees experience today at industry meetings and events, in my humble opinion, were initiated by Amy and co-author Nancy J. Wilson after they published their book, "Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events: The Professional's Guide to Saving Money and the Earth." That handbook still sits on my desk today as a key reference material for sustainable meetings. If you don’t own a copy you should; order one from Amazon today.
In 2003, Amy and business partner Nancy Zavada co-founded the Green Meeting Industry Council, a not-for-profit association whose mission is to transform the global meetings industry through sustainability. As chair of the APEX Green Meetings and Events Panel (an initiative of the Convention Industry Council) in 2008, Amy led the task force that was charged with creating standards for more sustainable meetings. The resulting work output became the APEX/ASTM Standards for Green Meetings, which was published in May 2013.
Sadly, I just read in an interview article by Betsy Bair that Amy has sold her co-ownership position of her company, to her partner Nancy Zavada. MeetGreen, the Portland, Oregon-based conference management company, made its mark as one of the early consultancies to specialize in helping meetings and events become more sustainable.
I just wanted to add my congratulations, thank you and best wishes to Amy as she takes some well-deserved time off to work on the next chapter of her life. I also wanted Amy to know that the work she’s personally put into sustainable meetings has inspired and educated me over the years, and I will always be grateful to her for her unique and socially conscious industry contributions around sustainable meetings. Read the interview with Amy here:
Good luck Amy! We all hope to see you again soon!