The Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC) programme will make its debut in Europe, 2 December. It is backed by the Events Industry Council and enabled by Inspire ME Monte-Carlo and Sustained Impact.
A launch event for the programme will take place at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo 2-4 December.
SEPC is an international event sustainability certification and the driving force bringing it to Europe are Miek Egberts, owner of InspireME Monte-Carlo boutique MICE events consultancy and Claudia van’t Hullenaar, founder of Sustained Impact consultancy.
Egberts has served twice as president of Site Italy Chapter, while van’t Hullenaar is a veteran corporate marketing communications and sustainability expert. She developed the global corporate event sustainability program (IMEX-GMIC Green Meetings Award) and serves as a Sustainability Committee member of the Events Industry Council (EIC) in the APEX Standards Redesign Taskforce and as a Climate Reality Leader.
The new two-day training course in Monte-Carlo is aimed at corporate, independent and third-party event organisers, services/venue suppliers as well as anyone interested in sustainability in events, and will be led by Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA
Director, Industry Advancement, Events Industry Council.
Topics will include understanding the business value of sustainability, sustainable design methods and techniques, and international sustainable event standards and measurement and reporting methodologies.
At the end of the courses, the participants will be recognised with the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC). The course is eligible for eight hours of Continuing Education Credits towards the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) application or recertification.
This programme is supported by Visit Monaco, Fairmont Monte-Carlo and Columbus Monte-Carlo.
Egberts and van’t Hullenaar said in a joint statement: “Sustainability is essential in today’s business world. It has been a topic in the meetings industry for many years, with some organisations doing exemplary work. But more needs to be done for greater awareness and adoption.
“The certificate course will help enhance the knowledge and performance in designing and operating events more responsibly.”