by Matt Alderton | April 26, 2012
Kermit the frog famously sang, "It's not easy being green." For meeting planners, however, it is, as its APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards are now available for online purchase as a complete compilation, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) announced this week.

Created by CIC, the APEX/ASTM standards were finalized and published in February by ASTM International, formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials. Currently, eight of nine standards — each of which addresses specific sustainable elements, including staff management and environmental policy, communications, waste, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners — are available:

  • Audio/Visual
  • Communication & Marketing Materials
  • Destinations
  • Exhibits
  • Food & Beverage
  • Meeting Venue
  • On-Site Office
  • Transportation

Previously, the standards were available only for individual purchase, at a cost of $40-$46 each. Now, meeting planners can buy all eight available standards in a bundle for $149. The ninth standard, Accommodations, will be added once it receives final approval from ASTM.

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