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1.1 This specification delineates procedural requirements for establishing onsite offices in conjunction with meetings, events, trade shows, or conferences (hereafter, referred to as events) by planners and suppliers.
1.2 Establishing an onsite office is the practice of procuring and equipping planner event or working spaces used for operational purposes, within or nearby the venues.
1.3 This specification pertains to onsite offices established by the event organizers for use by the event’s planner, staff, volunteers, sponsors, or vendors requiring temporary offices.
1.4 An environmentally sustainable office includes aspects of accommodations, communication and marketing materials, exhibits, food and beverage, venues, and transportation specifications. The specifications of these standards shall be visited and understood by planners and suppliers in order to effectively carry out the specifications of the onsite office standard.
1.5 There are nine specifications covering the following areas of meeting planning: destination selection, accommodations, food and beverage, audio visual, onsite offices, communication and marketing materials, transportation, exhibits, and venues. Within each specification are eight categories of criteria: staff management policy, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners. Each category is further split into four progressive levels of achievement. Information within each specification is divided as follows: Main Body
1.6 All areas of performance under this specification may not be relevant for each event or for each facility or provider of event services. In some cases, an event planner would use this specification in conjunction with other specifications (for example, Specifications , ) or this specification may be used individually. In other words, elements of an event may be separated and considered solely or added together and considered as a unit (for example, venues used individually versus transportation, accommodations, and destination selection used in conjunction). Furthermore, this specification applies separately to each supplier for an event. This means if multiple suppliers are used within the context of a single specification, each supplier shall individually meet the supplier requirements. To be considered an environmentally sustainable event at Level 1, all areas applicable to that event shall be achieved.
1.7 If higher levels are achieved in some sections, the event can only be considered environmentally sustainable at the lowest level achieved.
1.8 The use of levels within this specification recognizes the path to environmentally sustainable meetings is a multi-stage effort. The idea behind the levels is to provide a coherent baseline for measuring environmental performance, to be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of more advanced planners, and to establish a performance path that encourages further environmental performance improvement. In addition, evolution of products and services to support events is expected, allowing additional advancements and underscoring the dynamic nature of environmental sustainability. This specification primarily focuses on environmental sustainability, while some aspects of economic and social sustainability are included recognizing the complete path toward overall sustainability.
1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D3960 Practice for Determining Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content of Paints and Related Coatings
E2114 Terminology for Sustainability Relative to the Performance of Buildings
E2743 Specification for Evaluation and Selection of Transportation for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences
E2774 Specification for Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences
ICS Number Code 03.080.20 (Services for companies); 13.020.10 (Environmental management)