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    1. APEX/ASTM Green Meetings Standards Now Available for Purchase

      New green meeting standards produced by the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) and the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) were released on February 16. The standards, the first of their kind for meetings, are now available for purchase by meeting professionals in seven of the nine established industry sectors. The standards were initially conceptualized by the Green Meeting Industry Council in discussion with the U.S. Environmental Prote
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    2. 9 Ways to Boost Brain Power at Meetings

      Meeting planning is most certainly an art, but it’s also a science. Every aspect of the meeting—from the color of the room to the food at the banquet—affects the attendee experience. Jonathan Bradshaw, founder, Meetology Research Institute, East Sussex, U.K., spoke about the science of meetings at the 2012 Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders meeting in January. He outlined nine scientifically proven ways to engage attendees’ brains. 1. Play. Incorporating play into
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    3. Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown Earns LEED Certification

      The new Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown, which opened in February, 2011, became the first hotel in downtown Houston to become LEED-certified. Not only that, but this environmentally friendly property is the first in Houston to install charging stations for electric cars. The 262-room hotel, which overlooks Discovery Green Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center, features a “smart switch” in all rooms that automatically turns off lights when guests leave. The property also has recycling an
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    4. Kare Anderson on Meetings and the Senses

      Corporate Meetings & Incentives: We like to think that our brains are in control, but it seems that our senses may be calling the shots. Kare Anderson: The research shows that there are sensory cues that can create perceptions that are largely unconscious to us. For example, if I hand you a warm cup of coffee, you would perceive me as more caring than if I hand you a cold cup of soda pop. One hotel client used a subtle scent of sunscreen throughout his facility to evoke a happy, “we’re on vacati
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    5. How to Be a Meetings Advocate

      As a former legislative staffer and politician, meetings industry consultant Roger Rickard knows how government works. He knows firsthand how citizens can have an impact by making their voices heard, and he is sharing that information with meeting professionals in his new book, coming out in late February, Voices in Advocacy: Seven Actions of Highly Effective Advocates. The meetings industry has come a long way since the financial meltdown of 2008 when meetings were singled out as http://meeting
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