Cobo Center To Host Green Event Certificate Training For Event Planners

Claude Molinari, general manager of SMG/Cobo Center, announced that Cobo Center will host the Events Industry Council’s training for the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC) September 11-12, 2018. This is the first offering to event planners for the certificate in the state of Michigan.

Mariela Mcllwraith, director, industry advancement for the Events Industry Council, will conduct the SEPC training for Cobo Center employees and other event professionals as part of the Cobo Center Green Committee’s efforts to implement new and innovative green initiatives throughout the facility and community. The committee was established in 2011, and has garnered several community awards for Cobo, including the Keep Michigan Beautiful President’s Plaque in 2016.

“The sustainable practices that the Cobo Center has implemented over the last several years, including energy management, food recovery, and intensive materials reuse & recycling, are potent examples to all institutions, businesses, and residents in Detroit that we can, and indeed we must, all play a part in creating a sustainable future in Detroit for current and future generations,” said City of Detroit Director, Office of Sustainability, Joel Heeres. “I laud their leadership on these issues.”

Cobo Center became the ninth U.S. convention center to achieve the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) ASTM/APEX Sustainable Event Standard Certification in 2015. Venues are certified after implementing a set of voluntary standards to create more sustainable meetings and events. Cobo successfully re-certified in 2017 and will apply again for re-certification in 2019.

“Organizing our facility operations around the EIC sustainable event standard helps us create an ecosystem for our events that supports sustainability and encourages the industry to engage in green efforts,” said Molinari. “We set audacious goals each year for the Green Committee, and hosting the SECP training was one of them. Helping our employees achieve this certificate strengthens our commitment to the environment.”

Combining active learning and experiential elements, the SEPC program is designed to enable participants to implement their own sustainable events. Topics will include understanding the business value of sustainability for the events industry; practical solutions for improving your environmental performance in areas such as food and beverage; transportation; supply chain management; and effective methods for achieving corporate social responsibility goals. As part of the program, the participants will customize a roadmap for their own sustainable event.

“The Events Industry Council is pleased to be offering this certificate program for the first time in Michigan,” said Karen Kotowski, chief executive officer for the Events Industry Council. “Hosting the event in Detroit’s Cobo Center, a venue that has received our third party audited venue certification, will allow us to reinforce the sustainability curriculum with experiential elements.”

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