Integrated resort is the first venue outside of the US to receive the ASTM accolade for sustainable meetingsMarina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading destination for business, entertainment and leisure, has become the first event and conference venue outside the US to be certified under a new international sustainability standard in the MICE space.
Marina Bay Sands achieved Level One Certification to the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. The venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.
Mr. Mike Lee, Vice President of Sales, Marina Bay Sands, said, “Marina Bay Sands is proud to be the first Asian venue to attain the ASTM Venue certification. This is a significant achievement that recognises our extensive and ongoing commitment towards sustainable practices in our daily operations. With this global accolade, we aspire to lead by example and further cement our position as Asia’s leading MICE provider.”
“We are delighted that our industry has embraced the green meetings initiative and we congratulate Marina Bay Sands in attaining the APEX/ASTM standard,” said Ms. Carrie Kwik, Executive Director of Business Tourism Development and Integrated Resorts, Singapore Tourism Board. “Sustainable event planning will be increasingly important in our overall strategy to drive long-term growth in the MICE industry. We look forward to working closely with our industry partners to make Singapore the choice destination for sustainable events in Asia.”
The industry’s first and only comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings were created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and ASTM International, a leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.
The standards are composed of performance standards in nine individual sectors, and were initiated by the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) in discussions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The GMIC is the only green meeting organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council.
The ASTM Venue Standard outlines the procedural requirements for venue selection – the practice of researching, evaluating and choosing the facility for an event. The standard specifies specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners.
Tamara Kennedy, Executive Director of the GMIC (Green Meeting and Industry Council), the non-profit professional meetings association that led the development of the ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, added, “Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry is a global concern. We are delighted to see Marina Bay Sands lead the way in Singapore.”
iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut developed the certification protocols for the ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of Marina Bay Sands’ compliance with the venue standard. Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide, commented, “Our certification of the event sustainability standards driven by GMIC and now adopted by Marina Bay Sands continues our long-standing partnership with the event industry to promote transparency.”