• Visit Denver Becomes First DMO in US to Earn Level 2 Green Meeting Certification

     
    POSTED October 27, 2015
     
VISIT DENVER is the first destination marketing organization in the United States to attain a Level 2 green meeting certification from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
 
ASTM developed the APEX/ASTM Standard, their certification process, which has become the industry’s go-to for rating sustainability in meetings. The APEX/ASTM Standard provides event planners with measurable specifications for creating sustainably events and are verified independently by iCompli, which is a company that audits compliance to sustainability, technology and service claims.
 
“It’s an honor to be the first destination marketing organization in the country to earn this level of certification, and it illustrates our continued resolve to be a leader in the green meetings industry,” said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER. “Denver is already known for its commitment toward the environment and sustainable living, and this achievement not only answers a growing industry demand for green meetings, but it also reflects our company culture and the business culture of our city.”
 
VISIT DENVER became the first convention and visitors bureau to earn the Level 1 distinction in 2013. They received their Level 2 certification due to their continued advancement in key criteria associated with its green meeting offerings. Those include air quality, communications, community partners, energy, procurement, staff management policy, waste management and water. This new certification maintains VISIT DENVER’s certification as on official Green Meeting Industry Council Supplier.
 
“VISIT DENVER’s achievement of Level 2 APEX certification represents Denver’s ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices in our city,” said Jerry Tinianow, Denver’s Chief Sustainability Officer.
 
Denver has a great reputation for being one of the greenest cities for meeting sites in the United States. Both the Colorado Convention Center and Image Audiovisuals, the center’s audio/visual provider, have also achieved Level 2 honors.
 
Greenbiz.com named Denver the #1 location in America for green meetings in 2014.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.