Insights & Takeaways from the 2016 Sustainable Events Summit

Insights & Takeaways from the 2016 Sustainable Events Summit

We weren’t able to attend the Sustainable Events Summit (SES) in London, UK, this year, however we did make a point of following along as best as we could via Twitter. There wasn’t a whole lot shared online but we did manage to find a few key takeaways that we’d like to share with you below. We also take a look at the venue where it was held and the organizers who put it all together.

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Rio2016 Olympics: From Sustainable Event Hosting to Long Term Legacies

Rio2016 Olympics: From Sustainable Event Hosting to Long Term Legacies

The Rio2016 Summer Olympic Games have just finished with a festive finale. No doubt the Games’ workforce, 50,000 volunteers and the many hosting agencies are exhausted and exhilarated for having delivered the array of competitions, celebrations and cultural events – and all for the first time in South America.

Like many visitors, I have a much greater sense of the kindness of the Cariocas (Rio citizens), the region’s generous hospitality and the nation’s beauty, diversity, complexity, and culture. While we await the Paralympic Summer Games, Olympic Games’ followers can begin to consider the difference these Games have made for the city of Rio de Janeiro, the country and the Olympic Movement [by taking a moment to review the event sustainability initiatives – both successes and failures – of Rio2016].

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A Sustainable Convocation at Ryerson University

A Sustainable Convocation at Ryerson University

I personally never attended my Convocation. I can remember back to when it was time to confirm with the university whether you were going to attend or not, so I asked my mom whether she wanted me to go. “Oh I don’t care James,” she replied. “Do whatever you like.” And so I checked the box to receive my degree in the mail. All was good until a few months later when everyone else’s children began graduating. “James!” my mom began. “When is your Convocation? Why haven’t you told us when it is?”

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Step aside paper bag princess, Ryerson University’s eco-conscious fashion show leads with style

Plastic bag dress

The paper bag princess was so 1990s. Make way for the plastic bag princess! Who knew that a plastic bag evening gown could look so glamorous? This piece by Stephanie Yiu was one of many highlights at Revolution 2014, Ryerson University’s eco-conscious fashion show held on campus on Saturday, February 1st. The fashion show’s mission was to educate new audiences on sustainable practices within the fashion industry and to provide a platform for emerging designers.

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Making a sustainable destination of Montréal with hydroelectric power

Photo of the Montreal skyline in the daytime

When choosing where to host your event, have you ever thought to consider the nature of the destination city’s source of electricity?

I came across an article the other day that was on a blog dedicated strictly to the topic of sustainable destinations. The blog’s author, Shawna McKinley, was interviewing a featured expert from Tourisme Montréal – Marion Ancel. While describing a range of features that make Montreal a great destination for sustainable events, Ancel explained the nature of the city’s electricity source:

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