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EIC Launches Online SEPC Program

The Events Industry Council announced the launch of the online Sustainable Event Professional Certificate Programme. To earn the certificate, event professionals must have completed 16 online course modules covering a variety of topics related to sustainability, social impact and event management.

Amy Calvert EIC“As the industry that at its core fosters human connections driving both measurable economic and social impact, we have a remarkable opportunity to champion the notion of people, planet and prosperity. By committing to the journey of creating events that reflect these core values we ensure a relevant and resilient future,” says EIC CEO Amy Calvert (pictured left). “This certificate program will inspire and equip professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to produce events that align with their organizational values and with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

The SEPC was initially launched and is still available as an in-person course, but has been updated and expanded to feature interactive, accessible online learning.

Developed by a globally diverse group of business events industry leaders and experts in the areas of sustainability, social impact and event management, the course covers 16 modules that include understanding the business value of sustainability, improving environmental performance of meetings and events, and effective methods for achieving corporate social impact goals.

The online modules are:

  • Sustainability in Events
  • Sustainability Frameworks
  • Sustainable Event Planning
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Food and Beverage
  • Materials Resource Management
  • Exhibitions
  • Social Impact and Community Service
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Accessible Events
  • Human Trafficking
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Measurement and Reporting
  • Marketing Communication and PR
  • Business Case

Event professionals who earn the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate also receive 12 hours of Continuing Education credits toward their CMP application or recertification.

The $495 USD fee includes access to the full online course and workbook, an SEPC digital badge and 12 CEs. For a limited time, discounts will be available for individuals who currently hold the SEPC or who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Mark Cooper ICCA EIC Board“The events industry will be critical for the achievement of the sustainable development goals, as we foster the connections needed to innovate, collaborate and accelerate action for the goals,” says EIC Board of Directors Chair Mark Cooper (pictured right). “It is a business imperative for us as an industry to operate responsibly, equitably and sustainably.”

The program details can be found at www.eventscouncil.org/Sustainability/SEPC.

The Events Industry Council’s more than 30 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. The Events Industry Council’s vision is to be the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and signature program activities. The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam. The four signature program – Sustainability, Industry Insights, Knowledge and Leadership – represent the key initiatives, assets, services and products for the Events Industry Council. For more info, visit www.eventscouncil.org.

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