Professor Sue Tinnish Chaired Committee

Kendall College Associate Professor Sue Tinnish Chaired Committee that Established New APEX/ASTM International Standards for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and Events

CHICAGO-February 16, 2012-The Kendall College School of Hospitality Management is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Dr. Sue Tinnish chaired the ASTM committee that established the new APEX/ASTM international standards for environmentally sustainable or “green events” for meeting and event planners and their suppliers around the world.

Eight standards are now available for use by meeting planners and suppliers to the meeting industry. This major effort to create standards for planners and suppliers, focused on meetings, was developed and initiated by the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), a global community dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Work on the standards began in 2007 by the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative that focuses on industry best practices, and ASTM International, a leader in international standards development and delivery systems.

Eight of the nine proposed APEX/ASTM standards are completed. These standards focus on all facets of event planning and management, including: meeting destinations; venues; audio visual equipment; communication supplies; exhibits, food and beverage; onsite offices; and transportation. Tinnish, along with industry professionals, continues to work on the last standard for meeting accommodations.

“This is a major accomplishment representing collaboration between ASTM, the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), the US Environmental Protection Agency, and hundreds of volunteers across North America and Europe,” said Dr. Tinnish. “Sustainability is a strategic concern for planners, suppliers and the organizations they represent. The level of specificity required and accountability of both the planner and supplier that is built into these standards is unprecedented and fundamental for having more environmentally sustainable meetings.”

A “green” pioneer in the industry, Tinnish has been actively involved in the effort to create sustainability standards for the events industry through the CIC and ASTM International, and was responsible for the coordination and communication between the two organizations as the standards were being developed. She is also the chair of the Technical Advisory Group that orchestrates the U.S. voice in developing industry standards through the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Tinnish holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, an M.B.A from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University. She joined Kendall’s School of Hospitality Management in 2008 and teaches courses in sustainable tourism, meetings and events, organizational behavior, human resources management, and meeting management.

About the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in businessculinary artsearly childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). The School of Hospitality Management focuses on the art of hospitality and the science of management – the European tradition of superior customer service with American managerial know-how. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universitiesnetwork, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

Media Contacts:
Amber Cerda, 312-752-2472, amber.cerda@kendall.edu