The German Convention Bureau has begun training German meetings industry professionals in sustainability as part of a multiyear program to certify 500 “green” consultants. “We recently won funding from the German Federal Foundation for the Environment to launch a green meeting planner certification program, which has generated a great deal of interest throughout the country, and which could become a model for other countries interested in offering this accreditation,” explains Laura d’Elsa, the bureau’s regional director, U.S. and Canada. The first group completed its 1.5-day training seminar in May.

The GCB also offers the online C02Event Carbon Footprint Calculator, where you can measure the carbon emissions of your event and learn how to reduce or neutralize them.