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Green Events and Innovations (GEI9) Announces Full Agenda! 7 March LONDON

Green Events and Innovations (GEI9) Announces Full Agenda! 7 March LONDON | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

We are delighted to announce that the GEI9 agenda is finally here!

With the theme of GEI9 being sustainable design, delegates can look forward to a journey through every stage of an event, from pre-production to post-production, as we provide fascinating insights from some of the most influential experts in their field.

As well as looking within the industry we’ll be considering what the broader political landscape means for artists and event organisers globally. GEI9 will take place on Tuesday 7 March in London. If you would like to register, please click here.

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Yourope asks festivals and fans to Take a Stand against discrimination

Yourope asks festivals and fans to Take a Stand against discrimination | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

With the Take a Stand campaign, the European festival association Yourope has asked its members to make a commitment to supporting tolerance and diversity. 

 

“We are aiming to motivate people to be politically and socially more active, speak up for a peaceful dialogue, humanism, tolerance and understanding for each other,” says Lollapalooza Berlin festival director Fruzsina Szép, one of the driving forces behind the campaign.

 

According to Yourope, ‘taking a stand’ means:

 

  • Vote: Get engaged, become part of a political party and/or vote on a local and
    national level
  • Be active: Don’t be silent, join NGOs, support initiatives, sign petitions, raise your voice and spread the message on your social media platforms, stay open-minded
  • Tolerate: Tolerate and respect all cultures and their values, support pro-active integration and an open dialogue where it’s needed
  • Show solidarity: Show solidarity with minorities and help those who need help, take on voluntary work and take part in charity projects. Solidarity makes us stronger
  • Learn: Discover the world, aim to get in contact with other cultures, listen to foreign music, watch foreign films, read books, taste the food of the world and try to understand other values and views than yours
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Get along to Green Events & Innovations 2017 at ILMC in London, March 7

Get along to Green Events & Innovations 2017 at ILMC in London, March 7 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A Greener Festival runs the annual Green Events & Innovations conference which allows the festival community, academics, suppliers, scientists, sponsors and any other interested parties to come together and share ideas and highlight any developments within their sector or at their events. 

 

It's run alongside ILMC - tick the box on the ILMC registration to join GEI 2017.

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SEA Annual Online Meeting – looking to 2017 | Join Us!

The Sustainable Event Alliance will be holding an online meeting for all SEA members who may wish to ask questions or pose discussions about event sustainability practice.  

 

Our SEA Accredited Professionals will be online to answer, along with other SEA members and board members.

 

We will also call for board members, so if you're interested in actively contributing to curating this international cohort of event sustainability practitioners please let us know. Read more about our 2017 focus here.

 

The meeting at this stage will be held via Skype. We may move to another platform if the number of attendees is significant.

 

Dates and Times:

 

  • Auckland: Wed 25th January 2017 -  11:00 am
  • Sydney: Wed 25th January 2017 - 9:00 am
  • London: Tues 24th January 2017 -  10:00 pm
  • New York: Tues 24th January 2017 - 5:00 pm
  • Los Angeles: Tues 24th January 2017 - 2:00 pm

 

Register to attend.

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Taking part in Earthship Island Indonesia - application for events?

Taking part in Earthship Island Indonesia - application for events? | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

During November/December 2016 SEA chairperson Meegan Jones is travelling to Palau Kenewa, which is an uninhabited and undeveloped coral fringed island in Indonesia, just off the coast of Sumbawa.

 

Sumbawa is the island to the East of Lombok, which is one island over from Bali. Sumbawa (and Lombok for that matter) are nowhere near as developed from a tourism perspective as Bali is.

 

The project is by Earthship Biotecture and a group of 30 volunteers, plus Earthship crew lead by Michael Reynolds, and local people, will create an Earthship on the island.

 

As 60 people will live on the island for one month in a temporary setting, many elements are similar to event production - temporary infrastructure, sanitation, water and power provision need to be brought in, waste systems, not polluting the natural environment etc. Meegan will track the progress of the group's impacts (or lack of) on the island. Keep an eye on her Facebook page for updates in real time.

 

Amazingly there is 3G on the island as it's between two major islands. She's taking portable solar kit. Take a look at what she's put together to make her impact as light as possible here

 

This is the ‘landing project’ and the video here describes what the final vision is for the island – to demonstrate how people can live in harmony rather than damage the natural environment - taking an island which currently has human visitation, but as yet no permanent development, and showcasing it as a model example of closed loop, trash using, zero carbon living is an exciting project to undertake.

 

Meegan will participate in the project, learning about the systems and considering the application of this in-practice experience for the tourism and event sectors.

 

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Get to the Sustainable Events day at ADE - Oct 19, Amsterdam

Get to the Sustainable Events day at ADE - Oct 19, Amsterdam | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Following on from the announcement of the Go Greener workshops and a revamped Greener Festival Award, ADE Green’s conference schedule for October 19th in the Brakke Grond is now complete.

 

The event features panels and workshops for both the ecologically-minded and those who are yet to be convinced of the value and relevance of sustainable practices.

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Super Bowl 50 at 2016 Responsible Business Summit - A Case Study

Super Bowl 50 at 2016 Responsible Business Summit - A Case Study | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Super Bowl 50, the most watched one day sporting event in history, set out to be the "most shared, most participatory and most giving Super Bowl ever all delivered in a Net Positive way.

 

This case study presentation includes a Q&A session with delegates in which Neill uncovers additional insights that can be applied in everyday business committed to doing good and doing well.

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Lovely idea: seeded conference badges - Plant Your Name Here!

Lovely idea: seeded conference badges - Plant Your Name Here! | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Planting the seed of sustainability was key at the fifth GRI Global Conference 2016 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands earlier this year.

 

As part of MCI’s project management services, delegates were given a 100% recycled paper ‘seeded badge’ at registration to support GRI’s Empowering Sustainable Decisions theme. MCI worked with GRI to guide delegates on how to use their named seeded badge, which was implanted with seeds, after attending the conference. Instructions were given on how to plant the badge, water it and wait for wild flowers to bloom, through a pocket-sized event programme, in the sustainability section on the conference mobile app and by registration staff.

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Two weeks on, is this the worst Glastonbury cleanup ever?

Two weeks on, is this the worst Glastonbury cleanup ever? | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Thanks to the terrible weather and selfish punters, staff are still clearing the site at Worthy Farm of everything from abandoned tents and gas bottles to debit cards and clothing.
Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

The eternal struggle of the 'event greener' at music festivals. What can happen to change this disease?

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Great work by @CCScotland with their Fields of Green: Music Festivals and Climate Change project

Great work by @CCScotland with their Fields of Green: Music Festivals and Climate Change project | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Fields of Green is a one year research project (April 2015 – April 2016) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council exploring the environmental sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals and their capacity to enable ‘greener’ audience behaviours within the temporary communities formed during such events.

 

The project aims to lay the foundations for a future community of practice of music festival organisers and artists working together towards a greener Scotland.

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More great Green Exhibit Ideas from Eventcellany

More great Green Exhibit Ideas from Eventcellany | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

 

 

When designing an exhibit booth most of us think brand impact first. Environmental impacts are rarely top of mind. But what if your booth could use sustainability as a tool to build your brand, attracting new customers or members and building affinity among existing ones?

 

Make a strong brand impact without a huge environmental footprint by considering these sustainability ideas for your next exhibit booth.


Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/green-exhibit-innovations#SXVoSkCJsDgv8XPy.99

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Calgary Stampede getting on the green bandwagon

Calgary Stampede getting on the green bandwagon | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Great to see Calgary Stampede jumping on the green band wagon.

 

For the second year, the Calgary Stampede is working with DIG (Do It Green) events to reduce its carbon footprint and offer enhanced recycling options on the grounds.

 

Stampede goers can ride their bike to the park, recycle their bottles and cans on the grounds, and then plant a tree after they go home this year. 

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ISO 20121 Registry - who's got this ISO thing going on?

ISO 20121 Registry - who's got this ISO thing going on? | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Event Alliance has created a Global ISO 20121 Registry for all organisations, events and venues implementing ISO 20121.

 

The ISO 20121 Registry allows those that have undertaken a conformity assessment to log their details including scope of management system, date, audit level achieved, auditing body competency, and to upload a case study or other information to share with industry peers.

 

Click through to register or to read news stories on ISO 20121 implementation or see who's registered.

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Farm-to-Table and Locally Sourced Food and Beverage for Events at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Farm-to-Table and Locally Sourced Food and Beverage for Events at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Chef Scott Skomal at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel shares why he chooses to bring locally sourced food and beverage to his kitchen.

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It's the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development - what's you're event doing in 2017?

It's the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development - what's you're event doing in 2017? | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations 70th General Assembly designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
 

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

 

In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.

 

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  5. Mutual understanding, peace and security

 

What's your event doing in 2017?

 

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Music festivals in the UK pledging to a vision for 2025

Music festivals in the UK pledging to a vision for 2025 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Great to see festivals in the UK pledge their commitment to sustainable event production. If you're a music festival and in the UK, take the pledge!

www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/vision2025/

The Pledge

We aim to achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. As a participating festival, we will put measures in place to achieve this, such as:

 

  • Reducing waste where possible and aiming for 50% (or more) recycling rates by 2025.
  • Reducing reliance on fossil fuels where possible and aiming to reduce annual diesel consumption by 50% (or more) by 2025.
  • Working with audiences, suppliers and artists to positively influence travel choices and reduce travel-related emissions.
  • Working with the supply chain to improve accountability and the sustainability of food sourcing.
  • Working together as an industry to share experiences (positive and negative) about changes we make, sharing best practice and working toward industry standards where appropriate.
  • Measuring key impacts using credible methods in order to measure progress.
  • Sharing information to enable (anonymous) annual reporting for the industry e.g. working with Powerful Thinking and other closely affiliated organisations such as Julie’s Bicycle and A Greener Festival.
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The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The bicycle makes sense in cities. With rising urbanization, our cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer results.

 

Copenhagenize Design Company has put together an index of the top 20 most bike friendly cities - it ranked 122 cities in all! 

 

It's no surprise that Copenhagen and Amsterdam are the top runners. But it's interesting to know who the other top cities are:

 

The only non-European cities to make the cut are Buenos Aires, Montreal and Minneapolis.

 

Is your event city cycle-friendly?

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Meet the newest SEA Accredited Professional Cohorts – from Canada, Italy, Australia

Meet the newest SEA Accredited Professional Cohorts – from Canada, Italy, Australia | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Event Alliance is proud to announce the newest cohorts to the SEA Accredited Professional program from Italy, Canada and Australia – proving that sustainable event management is being embraced across the globe.

 

SEA Accredited Professionals are recognised for their up-to-date knowledge and experience within the field of sustainability in event management and their competency to advise, assess or train others.

 

Congratulations to: Kalen Pilkington from Canada, Lorenzo Orlandi from Italy and Jacqui Bonnitcha from Australia.

 

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Freeman Achieves ISO 20121

Freeman Achieves ISO 20121 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, has announced it has received the prestigious ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification, the first in its industry to do so on a global scale.

 

The international standard is designed to help organizations involved in the events and hospitality industries integrate sustainability into management practices and processes.

 

“Environmental and social responsibility has always been at the heart of Freeman and guides our business,” said Jeff Chase, vice president of sustainability for Freeman, who oversees the company’s sustainability initiatives and led the certification effort. “This certification – an industry first – reflects the philosophy of our founder, Buck Freeman, and is a tribute to the over 7,000 employees who strive to create sustainable events for our clients,” added Carrie Freeman Parsons, Freeman’s vice chair.

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GOLDOC achieves ISO 20121 2nd party conformity assessment by Sustainable Event Alliance

GOLDOC achieves ISO 20121 2nd party conformity assessment by Sustainable Event Alliance | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) congratulates Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) for implementing an effective and rigourous event sustainability management system in conformity to international standard ISO 20121.

 

The SEA conducted an independent and external review (‘Second Party Conformity Assessment’) of GOLDOC’s compliance to ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management Systems.

 

In undertaking the independent review, it was apparent that GOLDOC is showing it’s serious about the potential environmental and socio-economic issues and opportunities in putting on this mega sports event. Their intent is backed up by an approach that will ensure all facets of GOLDOC operations will have sustainability management at their heart. The systems established to operate the Games ensure that the sustainability team can engage with all functional areas of the operation, and be confident that the ambitions set for sustainability performance of the Games can be successfully met.

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The world's first zero waste food festival — how can it be done?

The world's first zero waste food festival — how can it be done? | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Food festivals are  a great opportunity to shovel as many bite-sized portions of obscure delicacies into your mouth as you can. But the dirty little secret of these events – or maybe it's not such a secret — is the amount of waste they produce.

 

Any time you're seeing boxes and boxes of food go into the trash at the end of the night, it kind of breaks my heart," Shawna Dawson says. "It pains me to know how many people in our city go to bed hungry."

 

Dawson is the founder and organizer of LA Food Fest, which held its seventh tasting event this weekend. The two-day festival featured nearly 150 vendors dishing out everything from banh mi and empanadas to ceviche and lobster rolls for up to 20,000 hungry people.

 

This year, she set an ambitious goal for herself: Transforming the festival into the world's first zero waste food tasting event.

 

Dawson won't know until Monday how close to the zero waste goal LA Food Fest got. But she says it's not about perfection. "My goal for this weekend way to hit a 50% mark. If we get 50% this time, it means we'll get 60 to 70% next year and pretty darn close on the third try. Even if we only make a tiny dent this year, it's a tiny dent that's never been made before and we can continue to improve."

 

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Serving up sustainability: Wimbledon in numbers

Serving up sustainability: Wimbledon in numbers | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Up to 10 million people are due to tune in to watch the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final, the culmination of a tournament which will have been visited by more than 500,000 tennis fans during the fortnight of matches.

 

Read some of the 'sustainability' numbers at Wimbledon this year... 

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 Nationals Park stadium is a model for Green Sports

 Nationals Park stadium is a model for Green Sports | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Read more on this stadium's approach to gaining LEED certification.

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Loving the Trash Butler NorthSide_DK

Loving the Trash Butler NorthSide_DK | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

From trash butlers and bike lots to regionally grown food, Denmark's NorthSide music festival is setting trends for its environmentally-friendly policies and cleanliness. 

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UEFA 2016 implements ISO 20121 and undergoes 3rd party audit

UEFA 2016 implements ISO 20121 and undergoes 3rd party audit | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

UEFA EURO 2016's has implemented ISO 20121 for operations at the tournament in France and has undertaken a 3rd party audit by SGS.

 

Both UEFA and its organisational partner EURO 2016 SAS have implemented a committed and innovative strategy for EURO 2016, which builds on previous initiatives put in place at the final tournaments in 2008 and 2012.

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