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Greening of Hospitality Industry
Mark S. Andrew Named Chairman Of Green Meetings Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation

Mark S. Andrew
, CMP, CHA, regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown has been appointed chairman for Green Meetings Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation along with its 2013-2014 Board of Trustees for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

In his role as chairman, Andrew plans to move the Foundation’s 2013-2014 capital campaign forward via new initiatives. One such initiative includes the assemblage of a cookbook entitled ‘Unspoiled’ – a compilation of recipes produced by chefs and others on food waste solutions for kitchens and supply chains. Proceeds from the sale of Unspoiled will go directly to supporting food banks and the Green Meetings Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation. “According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. manages to waste $165 Billion in food each year. GMIC Foundation’s Capital Campaign expands the mission of the Green Meeting Industry Council in creating more sustainable tomorrows for the next generation,” stated Andrew.

The Foundation officially launched its first capital campaign for the year 2013 to raise funds to support several GMIC education initiatives and scholarships. The Fundraising was directed to the entire hospitality, meeting, exposition and event industry. The Foundation is also be engaged in seeking grant opportunities and noteworthy research regarding areas of sustainable practices to enhance the scope of knowledge in the field of practice.

The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation will be supporting the annual meeting of the Green Meeting Industry Council, to be held April 15-17, 2014 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA. This year's conference will bring sustainable event thought leaders and practitioners together to discuss innovation in sustainability for our industry.

About GMIF:
The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation and its parent organization, the Green Meeting Industry Council ("GMIC”), are the leading resource for meeting professionals who seek to better understand and prepare for the tough challenges and the potentially transformative opportunities in their immediate future. The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation supports projects that align the global meetings industry with the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. The primary focus of the GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation is to secure the future sustainability of the global meetings industry through research, scholarship and education programs that expand sustainable practices.

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