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Shaw Conference Centre Green Meetings Toolkit

This user guide will provide you with a spectrum of options through which you can make your conference as environmentally conscious as you wish.
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South Australia to Share its Way to Zero Waste

South Australia to Share its Way to Zero Waste | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
What would a zero waste world look like? One dimension is efficient recycling. But to truly get to zero waste, you'd need to go beyond recycling into reduce and reuse.

Via jean lievens
Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

Love this. Let's see an entire destination move to Zero Waste. 

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'No decision yet' on Qatar World Cup

'No decision yet' on Qatar World Cup | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Fifa plays down claims from its own general secretary over moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup from the summer to winter.

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Green Events & Innovations 2014 Conference London March 2014

Green Events & Innovations 2014 Conference London March 2014 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A Greener Festival, Bucks New University and the Association of Independent Festivals will be presenting the sixth edition of GREEN EVENTS & INNOVATIONS at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on Thursday 6th March 2014.

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Sustainability at a Sri Lankan hotel

Sustainability at a Sri Lankan hotel | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Sri Lankan hotel chain Jetwing boasts impressive sustainability credentials.
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Top 10 U.S. cities for green meetings in 2014

Top 10 U.S. cities for green meetings in 2014 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A few years ago, the meetings and events industry confronted a hard truth. The EPA deemed it the second most-wasteful sector in the U.S. — following only building and construction — due to the massive environmental footprint of air travel, audiovisual equipment, food waste and more.


Yet since the EPA verdict, the industry has made significant strides to clean up its act. Several leading convention centers and hotels now tout LEED or other green-building certification, and recycling, composting, green roofs and other eco-measures are increasingly the norm.


From Portland to New York City, these destinations make sustainability critical to meeting operations.

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Just another carbon COP out

Just another carbon COP out | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

2013 Review of the (sustainable?) year. Cop out at COP 19, tourism goes massive, catch-all global sustainable tourism organisations catch more, greenwash goes global, tourists like food but suspect sustainability, TUI makes more green currency, a paler shade of green, human rights in tourism?

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Green tourism accreditation and grading ensures a responsible trip - South Africa

Green tourism accreditation and grading ensures a responsible trip - South Africa | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Travellers wanting to ensure their journey is socially uplifting and eco-friendly can choose between a number of respected tourism gradings and accreditations.
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W Doha Hotel wins 'Green Key' award - Trade Arabia

W Doha Hotel wins 'Green Key' award - Trade Arabia | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
W Doha Hotel wins 'Green Key' award Trade Arabia Over the past year, the hotel has hosted a number of environmental sustainability initiatives such as 'Make a Green Choice', beach clean-ups, recycling projects in the hotel and staff accommodation,...
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Can a music festival be sustainable? Pickathon is finding out | Grist

Can a music festival be sustainable? Pickathon is finding out | Grist | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A little music festival in Oregon has ditched single-use plates and cups, put up solar panels, and encouraged its audience to come by bus and bike. Can a giant party in the woods get greener?

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Oh yes it can. Well done Pickathon!

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Incorporating green meetings strategies

Incorporating green meetings strategies | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Meeting planners can use these five techniques to make their events more sustainable.
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Excellent summary of five must-takes for all events - Recycle, Food Donation/Sustainable Cusiine, Green Venue, Paperless, Offset airtravel

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Maximising the impact of international events ... - BP Target Neutral

Maximising the impact of international events ... - BP Target Neutral | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
International conferences, events and sporting tournaments have a unique role to play in bringing brands to life and in reaching wide audiences. Staging these events has a carbon impact and BP Target Neutral can help with ...
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Here is another player in calculating the the GHG impacts of events. We're keen to know the methodology used, what's in and out of scope, and encourage BP Target Neutral to join in the discussion with the event industry on this subject.

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Velomax Berlin promotes city`s ambitious goal to be 100 percent carbon-neutral

Velomax Berlin promotes city`s ambitious goal to be 100 percent carbon-neutral | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A top-performing Green Globe member since 2010, the Velomax Berlin, Germany, has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and social responsibility for years.


This green arena houses two of the biggest event venues in Berlin, the Max-Schmeling Halle and the Velodrom. 


Velomax Berlin has implemented a sustainable event venue management system, and operational performance is strictly monitored. Electricity comes from 100% renewable sources, 1,064 solar collectors are installed on the roof of the arena.


Germany`s capital has set the ambitious goal to create a 100% carbon-neutral city by 2050, and the Velomax arena serves as a role model for an energy efficient and green operation.

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

It would be great to undertand what would be included in the scope of this GHG inventory assessment to reach a state of carbon neutrality. Should we be defining this for the event industry? Possible? Or should we encourage our industry not to use the term Carbon Neutral as there are so many variables from event to event?

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Planning a Green Business Event - Ways2GoGreen Blog

Planning a Green Business Event - Ways2GoGreen Blog | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Business events such as conferences and exhibitions can be major sources of carbon emission. Here are ways on planning a green business event.
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Egypt's tourism goes "green" to draw more international visitors ...

Egypt's tourism goes "green" to draw more international visitors ... | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

CAIRO, Egypt - A number of tourist facilities in Egypt have begun the shift to using clean or renewable energy sources, in a bid to preserve the environment and draw "green tourism".

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

Excellent news that another country committing to 'green tourism'. We hope to see the efforts move beyond renewable energy. Let's keep feet off reefs, plastic bags out of shops, plastic bottle waste reduced, recycling efforts increased, food waste drastically reduced at resorts, and the trinkets and junk sold in tourist shops ethically sourced.  

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The sustainable business circuit is becoming a jargon-filled parody - GreenBiz.com

The sustainable business circuit is becoming a jargon-filled parody - GreenBiz.com | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The sustainable business circuit is becoming a jargon-filled parody.


As an avid Twitter user (@bmay), I follow trends in sustainability with interest, and tune in to the daily green business chatter that pervades my timeline. Much of it is hugely valuable as a source of news. But increasingly, I find myself tuning back out of much of the discussion due to the sheer volume of meaningless jargon that is proliferating the social media sphere. Insofar as I can make it out, the sustainability business community is now striving for something that could be amalgamated as this:


Net Positive Futuristic Collaboratively Consumptive Crowd-Sourced Natural Capitalist Disruptively Innovative Systems Game-Changing Business Radicalism

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

HIlarious. Yes!

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Green Events & Exhibits: A Small Change Can Make A Big Difference

Green Events & Exhibits: A Small Change Can Make A Big Difference | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

While the turbulent economy and budget cutbacks detracted from the need to exhibit green, smart marketers have found small changes have led to much bigger efficiencies. 

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

A great 'infographic'. Check it out!

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Tips to make an event more sustainable at different stage of the organisation

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A Breath of Fresh Air: 90 Minutes, 9 Sustainable Solutions - PCMA Convening Leaders Schedule

A Breath of Fresh Air: 90 Minutes, 9 Sustainable Solutions - PCMA Convening Leaders Schedule | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
See all the revolutionary speakers and sessions for PCMA Convening Leaders, Boston, January 12-15, 2014.


Break away from the standard way of producing meetings with nine compelling sustainability stories, linked to the nine new APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards. Explore how your peers implemented innovative green meeting practices, what they learned along the way, and how you can build on their experiences to green your meeting without expending more time or energy.


  • Explore how to green your meeting with less effort
  • Recognize ways to green your meeting without spending more money
  • Apply best practices in sustainability to your own organization/meetings
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Entries open for Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards

Entries open for Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards - no Greenwashers thanks! 


The awards, organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and TravelMole, recognise sustainable tourism products and services in the region.


"Winners will demonstrate comprehensive strategic efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, increase use of renewable energy, preserve the natural environment and create exciting, value-added experiences that are also sustainable," said Gail Henry, CTO's sustainable tourism product specialist.

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ICTP to support "Green Growth & Travelism" in Belgium

ICTP to support "Green Growth & Travelism" in Belgium | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) will support a first of its kind “Green Growth & Travelism” International University Summer School, with a specific focus on sustainable mobility, climate change, and biodiversity.

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Tourism in the Green Economy (Hardback) - Routledge

Tourism in the Green Economy (Hardback) - Routledge | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
The concept of the green economy has now entered mainstream policy debates and been endorsed by a range of United Nations and other organizations.
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Shambala Festival | The CSPA

Shambala Festival | The CSPA | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Set in a picturesque country park in Northamptonshire, the environment has always been central to the ethos of Shambala Festival.  The event is now firmly established as a focus for innovation in sustainable technologies and the more elusive “science” of drawing people into a deeper dialogue about the environmental sustainability issues confronting us all today.


For these reasons, Shambala was the first organisation ever to achieve a 3 star Industry Green certification from Julie’s Bicycle in 2010, and has most recently been awarded a 3 star IG certification for the 2013 festival too. In fact, the festival has scooped three 3 star Industry Green certifications over the last four years!

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

Good luck to Shambala in this year's European Festival Awards to be announced on 15th Jan.

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Public Placemaking and Art Festivals in Accra | Sustainable Cities ...

Public Placemaking and Art Festivals in Accra | Sustainable Cities ... | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

“In Ghana, what attracts people to places isn’t the [physical] space, it’s the event,” a friend said to me in conversation a few weeks ago.

I was reminded of his words this past weekend, standing at the triangle-shaped Otublohum Square in Jamestown. As I watched, bike stuntmen paraded up and down High Street, doing tricks on their bikes while the rapt audience — residents young and old, expats and visitors from throughout Accra who cheered, their eyes glued to the spectacle. This was the third annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival.

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Tourism fosters sustainable development - UN General Assembly

Tourism fosters sustainable development - UN General Assembly | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Sustainable tourism is an ally of poverty eradication in Central America and the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – as reflected in the UN resolution on “Sustainable tourism and sustainable development in Central America”....

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

We'd love to see sustainable tourism concepts expand to include all the 'junk' for sale in souvenier shops. If destinations promote themselves as 'sustainable' let's pressure them to also consider the backstories of the items sold in their tourist shops.

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Florida Georgia Line: Here's to the Good Times Tour Made Carbon Neutral

Florida Georgia Line: Here's to the Good Times Tour Made Carbon Neutral | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

After performing an energy audit of the tour, JustGreen purchased carbon offsets to offset the carbon emissions for Florida Georgia Line’s first major headline tour.


Florida Georgia Line’s sold-out HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES 2013 Tour included 32 cities nationwide.  See the tour here at www.tuneinwithjustgreen.com.  This is part of the year-long commitment JustGreen made to offset the carbon footprint of 4,000 Live Nation concerts across the country.

Sustainable Event Alliance's insight:

Using the term 'carbon neutral' is a bit concerning without details on what was exactly included in the 'footprint'. It would be good to also have in the story whether attendee travel was in or out and what was done to reduce emissions in the first place. We applaud the efforts but seeing stories like this come through media is a problem without the detail!

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