Often overlooked when planning an event, transportation represents a considerable sustainability impact that should be given its due attention. Now while it is difficult to directly manage all aspects of if, as many attendees will inevitably choose to travel however they do, there are certain key areas that you can influence.
Digital or paperless ticketing is one of the more commonly cited green event ideas and probably something that most event planners are already doing. For one, it helps to reduce the amount of paper that’s used. Admittedly, this doesn’t have a huge impact compared to other areas of an event, but every little bit does help. Secondly, and quite importantly, it can save you considerable time and money.
Your good intentions to plan a sustainable event are overrated. We’ve seen it before and we’ll surely see it again; you go into it with the greatest of intentions but come the day of the event, all your visions fall by the wayside as the caterer begins serving everything on Styrofoam plates and your venue forgets to put out the organics bins… Oops!
In a previous post, I spoke about how different areas of an event contribute to its overall carbon footprint. Venue space, food and beverage, marketing materials, transportation; they all produce their own respective greenhouse house gas (GHG) emissions.
As many of you may already know, the food and beverage served at an event represents a significant sustainability impact. The amount of food waste at some events can be absolutely mind-boggling! The waste, however, is not the only impact. Just as important (if not more so) but much less obvious is the impact of where that food and beverage is being sourced from. When it comes to seafood, this is especially important.
Attending a large trade show or convention nowadays is a sight to see. Exhibits are larger, bolder, and more creative than they’ve ever been and they can really come together for a great experience. These exhibits do, however, come with their own sustainability impact too, and that impact can be quite substantial.
This tip is based on a simple premise: the idea that event participants will not properly sort their waste when left to their own devices. Now this may not be because of ignorance or a lack of caring on their part, but rather the by-product of a great event. Perhaps they’re in the middle of networking with a great business prospect or they’re rushing across a convention centre between sessions. Or maybe they just finished a half marathon and don’t have the least bit of wherewithal to think about diverting their waste!