ECOS Project 2016:

Our very own MPI Weed Whackers were out in full force this week assisting Shelter NS with their gardens at Metro Turning Point on a very hot July day.

“Ecos” is from the ancient Greek word ekos, meaning “home” or “earth”, and we use it today in words such as “economy” or “ecology”, evoking the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) is a framework to support sustainability in the communities where our members live and where we do business, and a guide to help us focus specifically on building elements which have a direct relationship to the meetings and events industry.

Created with the support of AVW-TELAV and the MPI Foundation, the ECOS Project integrates social responsibility into chapter relationships with their communities. It focuses on these significant areas: food, water, shelter and education. Without any one of these factors, the events industry as we know it would not be able to function; yet in our local communities and communities around the globe, there are many who cannot access these basic human rights. The program allows us to focus on these areas while allowing some flexibility in how and where it is implemented. It supports the MPI commitment to the UN Global Compact through support of the UN Millennium Development Goals.