SOURCE: BPA Worldwide; iCompli

February 11, 2013 11:21 ET

Editorial Feature: Image Audiovisuals Achieves First AV Standard Certification for the Event Industry From iCompli

SHELTON, CT--(Marketwire - Feb 11, 2013) - Image Audiovisuals has become the first audio visual production company in the world to be certified to a new international sustainability standard designed to promote responsible environmental and social practices in the event industry. Image Audiovisuals achieved Level One certification with the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Audio Visual (AV) and Production Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences (E2745-11).

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, CT, developed the certification protocols for the new standards and performed the independent third-party certification of Image Audiovisual's compliance with the destination standard. iCompli is the first third-party auditing organization to be endorsed by GMIC (Green Meeting Industry Council) as a certification provider.

Image Audiovisuals which has an onsite office at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) was initially approached by the Convention Center and encouraged to pursue certification. In December CCC became the first venue to be certified to the ASTM Venue Standard. E2745-11 is one of nine formal, voluntary standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner. The AV Standard specifies specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners.

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