The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) has recently introduced the GMIC Greater Washington Area Chapter, which is based out of Washington, DC. The new chapter plans to serve GMIC members and the meetings and events industry in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia with the mission of improving the sustainability of events held within the Greater Washington Area and to enable local members, through education and collaboration, while planning and implementing sustainable meetings across the world.
"Our goal is to be a resource in the niche area of "green meetings" to other organizations serving the event planning community. Reducing waste, increasing efficiency, supporting the local community, and strengthening your brand are things all event planners and suppliers should be knowledgeable about and can benefit from," says Kimberly Lewis, Past Chapter President and Senior Vice President of Community Advancement, Conference & Events at USGBC.
The GMIC Greater Washington Area Chapter’s staff is made up of Kimberly Lewis as Past President, Cara Unterkofler, President, Peggy Cusak as Vice President, Lisa MacArthur, Secretary, and Rebecca Murphy as Treasurer.
"The GMIC GWA leadership team has been working hard for over a year to officially form the chapter and develop a strategic plan for engaging members. We're excited to now be transitioning from forming and filing to hosting engaging and fresh educational activities," says GMIC GWA Chapter President, Cara Unterkofler.
The chapter plans to connect with other meeting planning organizations to co-host training and informational sessions. The GMIC Greater Washington Chapter will also hold “Meet DC” events that will allow members and interested event planners to participate in an in-depth review of one aspect of sustainable event planning and observe its application first-hand.