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School of Hospitality Management Dean to Speak On ‘Going Green’ and Meeting Industry Standards

Recently appointed dean of the School of Hospitality Management, Dr. Susan Tinnish will be speaking at the upcoming conference ‘The Special Event 2013.’ According to the event website, The Special Event is the world’s largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals.

Dr. Tinnish’s session topic, “Managing to be Green: How Industry Standards and Best Practices Can Help You” is scheduled for Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. The session was designed by Tinnish to help event planners and suppliers decide on the best way to utilize industry standards.

“Event planners and suppliers can consider using the Convention Industry Councils’ APEX standards (set through ASTM, a standards body), ISO’s 20121 or even the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI),” says Tinnish.  “There are so many decisions…what’s the value of the standard? Which standard should you use? How do you start? This session will help attendees answer those questions.”

The standards discussed in Dr. Tinnish’s session are referenced in meeting management classes at Kendall College.  In addition, the new sustainability concentration curriculum will feature a class devoted to “eco-labels” and standards.

“I also created a workshop for the Integrative Senior Capstone project on industry standards,” adds Dr. Tinnish.  “Students are often interested in creating a sustainable hotel and/or restaurant product during Capstone.”

In the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management’s Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) concentration, students are prepared for project management of large meetings, trade shows, conventions and other events with a focus on the discipline of meeting management. Relevant topics include aligning goals and objectives, evaluation, event design, food and beverage arrangements, technology and other logistics.

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