The Hawai‘i Convention Centre (HCC) celebrated the announcement that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 2016 World Conservation Congress received the ISO 20121 certification for sustainability, as the event was hosted in the United States for the first time at Hawai‘i’s premier meeting facility.
ISO 20121 is a management system standard that has been designed to help organisations in the events industry improve the sustainability of their event related activities, products and services. ISO 20121 is based on the earlier British Standard called ‘BS 8901 Specification for a Sustainability Management System for Events’ which was first developed in 2007.
More than 8,000 delegates from around the world gathered in Hawai‘i from September 1st to 10th , 2016 for the global conference, allowing HCC to showcase its meeting facilities as well as demonstrate its capabilities for hosting an event of this magnitude, while satisfying the sustainability requirements expected by the conference organisers.
“Congratulations to IUCN on achieving this important sustainability recognition, and also to the Hawai‘i Host Committee and the industry partners statewide who contributed to make the World Conservation Congress a success,” said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. “This was an incredible learning experience from start to finish for all of our staff to see first-hand what it takes to put on a truly green conference of this scale. IUCN proved to be the epitome of what HCC can handle.”
The experience of hosting IUCN provides Meet Hawai‘i, the collaborative effort of HTA, HCC and the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, to build and support the Hawaiian Islands as a premier destination for business meetings, conventions and incentive programmes, an advantage going forward in going after future groups who share similar values in holding meetings and events with low impacts on the environment.