The standards were devised and initiated by the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency, and developed in partnership with CIC's Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), which focuses on industry best practices.
The nine individual sector standards have been in development since 2007 and cover all facets of event planning and management.
The eight standards that have been ratified are: audio-visual, communication and marketing materials, destinations, exhibits, food and beverage, meeting venue, on-site office and transportation. The ninth standard, accommodation, is undergoing final sign-off.
Much of the research behind the standards was a result of the work done by the APEX Green Meetings and Events Practice Panel.
"Sustainability is a strategic concern for planners, suppliers and the organisations they represent. These standards are much anticipated, so this is a great moment for the volunteers who put such effort into this project," said Karen Kotowski, chief executive officer of the CIC.
"None of this work would have happened without the passion, dedication and conviction of the volunteer force that spans North America and Europe," said Amy Spatrisano, chair of the APEX Green Meetings and Events Panel.