Events Industry Council Recognizes WEFTEC for Achieving Sustainability Event Standards Certification

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Water Environment Federation annual event reaches Gold Level for environmental and social responsibility


WASHINGTON, D.C. (25 January 2024) – The Events Industry Council announced today that WEFTEC, an annual event hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), has achieved Gold Level Certification to EIC’s Sustainable Event Standards.


The EIC Sustainable Event Standards are specific standards for environmental and social responsibility within the events industry. Created by the EIC Sustainability and Social Impact Committee in partnership with industry professionals and leading sustainability practitioners, the requirements provide event planners and suppliers with prescriptive actions for producing and delivering sustainable events.


We are proud to be the first water-sector event to achieve Gold Certification,” said WEF Managing Director of Event Strategy Stephanie Jones. “Our efforts to earn this certification align with both our members’ focus on sustainable water solutions and WEF’s mission to inspire the water community in pursuit of human and environmental well-being. EIC’s Sustainable Event Standards outlined a roadmap for reducing WEFTEC’s environmental impact and providing even more positive contributions to the communities where we host this event.


EIC Chief Executive Officer Amy Calvert congratulated WEFTEC on its Gold Level certification. “WEFTEC and the WEF team have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the environmentally and socially responsible practices that are needed to support long-term sustainability in our industry,” Calvert said. “We hope to see many more events following their lead.”


The standard specifies performance criteria in the areas of organisational management, marketing, communications and engagement, climate action, water management, materials and circularity, supply chain management, diversity, equity and inclusion, accessibility and social impact.


The Alliance for Audited Media, a not-for-profit auditing organisation, performed the independent third-party certification of WEFTEC’s compliance with the Event Organiser standard.


"The independent certification process is a rigorous review of the company’s compliance to the EIC Standards. We applaud the Water Environment Federation team on this achievement,” said Alliance for Audited Media President Richard Murphy.



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ABOUT EVENTS INDUSTRY COUNCIL. The Events Industry Council’s global federation includes 33 Association Members representing 103,500 individuals and 19,500 entities, and 22 Corporate Members with global operations and event teams in countries around the world.

EIC is the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programme and signature programme activities. The CMP credential is recognised globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam.  Learn more at



The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of more than 30,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Established in 1928, WEF’s mission is to inspire the water community in pursuit of human and environmental well-being. WEF’s goals are to attract and develop a passionate workforce, cultivate a purpose-driven community to sustainably solve water challenges for all, and lead the transformation to the circular water economy. Learn more at



The Alliance for Audited Media delivers impartial, credible media data to help media buyers buy and sellers sell. In 2023 AAM merged with BPA Worldwide to become the largest not-for-profit media auditing organization dedicated to increasing trust and assurance across media channels. AAM provides third-party certification to the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Sustainable Events Standards (SES), sustainability framework services, and verification of sustainability data including GHG emissions, waste diversion, water withdrawal, safety performance and more. To learn how AAM brings trust and transparency to today’s media ecosystem, visit

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