Considering an Attendee’s Perspective of Sustainable Events

Considering an Attendee’s Perspective of Sustainable Events

When you go through the effort of planning a more sustainable event, are your attendees aware of this? As someone who loves attending events and who does not have a background in sustainability, it still makes me happy when the events I attend are environmentally conscious. So when you’re applying sustainability techniques to your event, here are just a few things that I’ve noticed help add to your attendees’ enjoyment.

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Waste Management Planning for Outdoor Events

Waste Management Planning for Outdoor Events

If you’re planning a large outdoor event – be it a music, food or street festival – you already know how waste management can present a big headache. These types of events produce tonnes of waste (literally) and it takes some careful planning to get it right. Here are a few issues and related strategies to consider  when doing your waste management planning for an outdoor event.

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A Revealing Look at the Carbon Footprint of an Event

A Revealing Look at the Carbon Footprint of an Event

In 2011, a University of British Columbia (UBC) study took a comprehensive carbon footprint (a Scope 3 assessment for the carbon accounting diehards out there) of a basketball game held on campus between the UBC Thunderbirds and the visiting Thompson Rivers University’s Wolf Pack.

The basketball game attracted 560 spectators that arrived largely by car. The visiting team had an approximately 400 km bus trip to and from the game. Here are the findings:

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Taking an honest look at ‘going paperless’

Taking an honest look at ‘going paperless’

While “going paperless” is a great first step towards planning a green event, it’s only just that – a first step.

A recent blog post published by Adrian Segar (@ASegar) hit the nail on the head with this issue. After seeing his colleagues become the target of criticism for supposedly wasting paper at events and being a target of that criticism himself, he wanted to set the record straight and defend the use of paper.

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Environmentally sustainable events and green meetings with the APEX/ASTM standards

Setting up before a movie night atop a green roof in TorontoThe APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards are a collecton of industry standards that specify precisely what it means to plan a green event. As the events industry continues to embrace sustainability in all its forms, standards like this one will begin to play an increasingly important role. If you are a planner of or a supplier to large events, then this is most certainly a standard that you should be aware of.

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Key impact areas of sustainable events (Part 2/2)

2 bed hotel room (Small)In the 2nd of a 2 part series (read the 1st part here), we’re looking at how certain areas of an event – accommodations, marketing materials, and products in general – can affect its overall sustainability impact in the economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

Planning an event itself can be a difficult task in the first place and choosing to do so in a more sustainable manner can add a degree of difficulty. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By breaking down an event’s sustainability impacts into more focused categories, the task can be made much easier.

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