The annual conference for professionals focused on making events more sustainable will be held at the San Francisco Hilton from April 15 to 17. The theme of this year’s Sustainability Meetings Conference is Building Bridges: Your opportunity to build sustainable, business-value bridges between people, ideas, strategies, and experiences.

Organized by the Green Meeting Industry Council this year’s SMC will offer short, focused presentations combined with facilitated collaborative discussions aimed at solving some of the main issues that event planners and suppliers face daily, according to Michael Luehrs, GMIC’s president. New this year:  Sustainability In Action tours, providing attendees insight into 12 of San Francisco’s greenest ventures and venues. GMIC’s conference will offer hands-on tours and case studies, increased networking between event sustainability professionals, and more interactive content.

GMIC recently centralized its organizational management under the roof of association management company Nardone Consulting Group Inc., based in Atlanta. Natalie Nardone, CAE, CMP, president of NCG, now serves as GMIC’s executive director.

Luehrs, who is general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown in Madison, Wisc., said at the time of the appointment in December, “GMIC’s partnership with NCG will expand on existing initiatives and position the organization for sustained growth.” Nardone added that NCG will provide chapters and members with “support, education, and advocacy.”

For more information about event industry sustainable practices or membership, visit www.gmicglobal.org.