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Moscone Center Achieves ASTM/APEX International Standard Certification

June 1, 2014, SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's Moscone Center has become the sixth convention facility in the U.S. and the first facility in San Francisco to be certified to a new international sustainability standard. The new international sustainable venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner. Moscone Center achieved Level One Certification with the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences.

The ASTM/APEX sustainability standard is one of the nine formal, voluntary standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events to a higher level of environmental responsibility. The standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization.

The venue standards delineate the procedural requirements for venue selection—the practice of researching, evaluating and choosing the facility for an environmentally sustainable event. The standard specifies performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners.

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut developed the certification protocols for the new standards and performed the independent third party certification of Moscone Center’s compliance with the venue standard.

Moscone Center is San Francisco's premier convention facility, comprised of three buildings, Moscone North, South, and West. Today's Moscone Center covers more than 20 acres on three adjacent blocks. It features more than two million square feet of exhibit space, up to 106 meeting rooms, as many as three ballrooms, and nearly 123,000 square feet of prefunction lobbies. Surrounded by the 87-acre Yerba Buena Gardens District, Moscone Center offers a unique urban setting for meetings and tradeshows. The Center sits proudly among its distinctive and diverse neighbors that include hotels, restaurants, museums, galleries, housing, parks and urban recreation centers. It is also convenient to all modes of public transportation. More than two-thirds of the City's 35,000 hotel rooms are within a short walking distance of Moscone Center. For more information, visit

The Green Meeting Industry Council is a non-profit, membership-based professional organization that provides educational resources to planners, suppliers, and venues seeking to meet the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainable meetings.

ICompli is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli provides GRI reporting services (gap analysis, competitor benchmarking and external assurance) and third-party certification of ASTM and ISO event standards.

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