A Community at SITE

Overview of the SITE Sustainability Community

SITE Global Sustainability Committee became an active community in 2020 following Vancouver, BC SITE Global Conference.  The late Miek Egberts, founding chair of the committee, with her poignant beliefs in Sustainability, propelled this committee to start advocating Sustainability Principles to our global chapters. Her passion for the balance between humans and mother nature along with enthusiastic committee members as Ambassadors & Mentors together inaugurated the SITE Global Sustainability Chapter Certification. The certification process was created as an internal guide & process to bring about awareness of our industry’s global impact.  To date 19 of our 26 chapters have been certified with the goal of having all our chapters certified by the end of 2023.

Over the last 3 years the committee has evolved.  Our global committee members are each passionate about our future; together, we have undertaken new goals, especially around information & knowledge sharing and education. Plus, we track future trends to encourage continued Sustainability principles to be carried forward in all we do in Incentive Travel.

Our Purpose

To create a global community and advocate global citizenry by educating the incentive & motivational industry to reduce carbon & water & food footprint, lower the impact of climate change and positively impact environmental, societal, and economic endeavours, locally, regionally and globally. 

Mission & Vision

Our Mission: To advance sustainability awareness and certification for incentive travel & motivational experiences with SITE Global Chapters, communities, and members.

Our Vision: To be the leading industry voice for sustainability transformation of incentive travel & motivational experiences through the implementation of standard practices in planning and delivering events that support environmental, societal and economical endeavours, locally, regionally and globally while promoting our pillars of people, planet, purpose and profits.

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    Sustainability Committee Chair

    Mary Pepe

    Incentive Travel & Corporate Events Specialist, MEP & Associates

    Toronto, Canada

    Sustainability Committee Co-Chair

    Katrin Naumann

    Owner, another konzept

    Barcelona, Spain

    Past President SITE Canada, 2023 SITE Global Sustainability Committee

    Gabrielle Spanton

    Managing Partner, GAB&CO Consultants

    Grand Bend, Canada

    VP Membership South America Chapter / Sustainability Committee - Earth Day/Cookbook


    Managing Director, Passion for Events DMC

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Sustainability Committee - Earth Day/Cookbook

    Austin Hall

    Event Manager, Event Source Professionals

    Colleyville, United States

    Sustainability Committee - Certification

    Catherine PASCAUD

    Managing Director, SERVITOURS

    Paris, France

    Sustainability Committee - Education

    Liz Akey, CMP

    Executive Director, E.M.A. Marketing Ltd

    Oakville, Canada

    Sustainability Committee - Certification

    Janick Wagemans

    Strategic Business Unit Manager , Premio DMC

    Turrucares, Costa Rica

    Southeast 2021 Past President / Sustainability Committee - Certification

    Lynn Beierschmitt

    Executive Director Sales & Operations, Liaisons Meetings & Events

    Knoxville, United States

    SITE Global 2024 Sustainability Community Team Member & Director of Sustainability @ SITE Spain

    Elena Altemir

    Owner, MICEfulness

    Barcelona, Spain

    Sustainability Committee - Education

    Stijn Huijbers

    National Director of Sales UK&I - Specialist Sales Support Office , Hilton UK&I

    London , United Kingdom

    Kate Cardoso

    Founder, Travel with Purpose Pact

    Florence, United States

    Sustainability Committee - Earth Day/Cookbook

    María Carlina (Maca) Murillo

    Product Developer, Premio DMC

    Liberia, Costa Rica

    Vice President Communications & Sustainability / Sustainability Committee - Measurement Tools

    Tanya Wick

    General Manager, Totem Connections

    CAULFIELD NORTH, Australia

    MaryBeth Reeves

    Sustainability Director & Event Design Manager, McVeigh Global Meetings and Events

    Atlanta, United States

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    • Promote the SITE Global Sustainability Committee as an Education & Resource/Knowledge Outlet with the wider SITE community
    • Establish dedicated SITE Global Sustainability social media groups (LinkedIn, Facebook) to provide education and build an online community
    • Publish Sustainability Related Information via this webpage
    • Enhance recognition of Sustainable-Certified SITE Chapters
    • Work with ALL chapters to get them certified
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    Content Plans for 2024

    • 4 Sustainability Related Webinars per year
    • 4 Sustainability Related Articles for SITE Motivate Blog per year
    • Produce a Plant-Based Cookbook - Earth Day Initiative

    SITE Canada Sustainability Webinar: See the Forest for the Trees

    Sustainability Sponsor | IHG Hotels & Resorts

    Why Sustainability is important for SITE - Hear from Benoit Sauvage

    Webinar: Sustainability in Incentive Travel

    Environmental Sustainability in Incentive Travel

    SITE Global Webinar: Exploring Sustainable Incentive Travel Solutions

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