WHAT IS A DESIGN FOR A GREEN EVENT?
Every year over 80 million people around the world attend a meeting or conference, and even more attend trade shows or exhibitions.
Any gathering, such as a meeting or conference, has negative environmental implications – arising for example from participants travelling to the meeting; heating and cooling the venue; the materials provided to participants; the catering for their meals. They consume natural resources (energy, water), generate waste cause local air and water pollution, and contribute to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions.
A Green Event is one designed, organized and implemented in a way that minimizes negative environmental impacts.
WHAT DOES IT AIM FOR?
Greening your meeting will reduce the direct environmental impact of it, but should also leave a positive and lasting legacy to our community.
A number of opportunities and benefits can be identified, for the organizers, the participants, the service providers and for the local region; cost savings, environmental innovation, awareness raising, positive reputation and many more.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
As an established designer I have found the challenge very inspiring so I started to select a number of environmental friendly materials to decorate the venue.
Then I developed a clear and easy procedure in order to achieve green operational goals.
The procedure I propose will consist of two core sections: “What to know” – the background and justification for looking at the environmental impact of a meeting, and “What to do” – a practical checklist during the implementation phase.
Following the event I will produce a final report which will clearly highlight where the successes lay and where improvements could have been made. The report will judge the event on several green event criteria including air quality, waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency and the effective use of alternative green consumer items.
The report will also enable you to benchmark against previous years’ data, and compare your event against others.
HOW AND WHY IS BORN THE IDEA TO CREATE SUCH A SPECIFIC GREEN EVENT BUSINESS?
The idea came from over three years experience helping redesign and renovate a post-industrial building in Brussels into a modern and sustainable venue suitable for international events, conferences, exhibitions and artistic performances.
For three years I saw many very different beautiful events being organized and being dismantled at The Egg and I was shocked by the amount of wastage they produced; several containers’ full and not only with paper and cardboard, but also food, furniture, flowers, etc and this only after a one-day event!
Talking to event-planners I realized they were indeed very concerned about the problem but unable to find the time to do something about it. Some of them even encouraged me and they shared their own experience with me. That’s how it all started really; very naturally.
WHY SHOULD EVENT PLANNERS USE YOUR SERVICES?
We all want to produce events that reach our business objectives, but the environmental footprint of meetings large and small is gaining increasing attention; all have an impact on the world we live in.
If we could start with little easy things on a regular basis it would make a huge difference at the end of the year! Just like we would do at home; recycling our waste, saving energy, using the bike or public transport rather than the car, but also banning disposable plastic bags, thinking twice before buying consumables, avoiding useless packages, and many more. All initiatives can make a real difference!
The greening of an event is a continuous process.
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